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OK...I have had my Arlen Ness Beveled Gas Cap for about 10 days and about 1000 miles (maybe 4-5 refuels).

NOTE: This review is on the UPDATED Arlen Ness Gas Cap (with the vent hole corrected).

INSTALL
The install was easy. EXTREMELY easy!

USAGE
Once the install was done, it was time to hit the gas station for a fill up. My biggest concern was what to do with the gas cap when refueling and that concern was alleviated very quickly. It lays flat and has no "pockets" where gas is anywhere on the cap...in other words, it lays flat and you can lay it anywhere on your seat (or wherever you would put your gas cap).

It was very easy to just unscrew the cap (you can even spin it) to get it off and then spin it back on...personally, that lets me know that it fits well and is MUCH quicker than fishing for keys.

APPEARANCE
The appearance is also flattering to the bike, especially a WHITE BIKE. The design is definitely complimentary to the lines of the Cross Country.

COST
The cost is prohibitive!! But, most bike parts ARE cost prohibitive, so YOU the rider will just have to make up your mind to spend some of your BLING money on a Gas Cap or not.

SUMMARY
To summarize, I was hesitant to purchase this part. Especially with some of the negative comments on the gas cap because of the vent problem (which has since been corrected and fixed). But I also hated fishing around for my keys every time I stopped at a gas station and I also hated worrying about what position my handlebars were in, and what side of the pump I parked on... That all goes away.

Would I buy this product again. YES I would!! Does the high cost of the Gas Cap piss me off...YES it does. But I forget about the cost every time I fill up my gas tank. Yep...I LOVES my Arlen Ness Gas Cap!!

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Glad you like it and that's it's working for you. Once I started filling from the left side I haven't given any more thought to replacing my stock gas cap. No more overspill or slow fueling and the lock/hinge is a nice feature.
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Just got mine today. Can't wait to go riding and not worry about unlocking my gas cap. Plus I this it looks great!ImageUploadedByMotorcycle1372806120.532804.jpg


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Glad you like it and that's it's working for you. Once I started filling from the left side I haven't given any more thought to replacing my stock gas cap. No more overspill or slow fueling and the lock/hinge is a nice feature.
I understand it's not for everyone, but now I don't have to worry which side of the pump I park on...especially important when in big groups. Plus, it makes my fill ups faster...and that's always a good thing. Before, I was always LAST at the pump.

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I love the looks and ease of use but what about security issues of not locking your gas tank?

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I understand it's not for everyone, but now I don't have to worry which side of the pump I park on...especially important when in big groups. Plus, it makes my fill ups faster...and that's always a good thing. Before, I was always LAST at the pump.
I'm glad it works for you. Filling from the left side with the fuel nozzle upright works for me. It fills up very fast that way. When I first got my bike and fueled it up I was ready to switch to anything that worked better regardless of cost. I filled up from the right side like all my previous bikes and it took forever to fuel and I got over spray on my tank. Once I learned the secret of fueling from the left side while keeping the nozzle upright all my issues went away.
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I love the looks and ease of use but what about security issues of not locking your gas tank?
I have not heard many stories of people taking the time to steel a couple of gallons of gas...not much reward for siphoning gas from a bike. I'm not saying it's never happened, but I'm not concerned with it. As for someone steeling my gas cap...yeah that could happen, but I'll take my chances. I see more positives than negatives.

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I'm glad it works for you. Filling from the left side with the fuel nozzle upright works for me. It fills up very fast that way. When I first got my bike and fueled it up I was ready to switch to anything that worked better regardless of cost. I filled up from the right side like all my previous bikes and it took forever to fuel and I got over spray on my tank. Once I learned the secret of fueling from the left side while keeping the nozzle upright all my issues went away.
I've almost always put fuel in from the left side on all my bikes ... coz that's the side I get off from so it's just habit to pull up to the right of the pump.

That said, I've also put fuel in the Vic from the right side and do not find it to be much more of an issue than from the left. The only thing that caused issue from either side is that "flip up" lock cover ... but once I got used to it, it's no biggie any more.
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Wow, I never knew that when I pulled up to a gas pump that it was so much trouble to gently turn my handle bar a little bit to the left when I fueled up and did not understand how much of a choir it is to get my key out of the ignition for my fuel cap to open it to refuel.
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It really wasn't that big a deal for me either. My biggest reason is that I don't have to "fish" around in my pocket for my keys now to unlock the cap. I can also fill up MUCH faster, not because of the handlebars or the side I fill up on, but it just feels like I can fill the tank faster...get to the level in the tank faster. It may be my imagination (until someone else confirms it).

But each time I stop at a gas station (just this morning)...I like the cap better and better. Not near as much "Buyers Remorse" as there was when I ordered the dang thing.

Again...the most annoying thing about filling up for me was the KEYS.

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