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    This past weekend I attended motorcycles on meridian in downtown Indianapolis the scene was great bikes lines all throughout the city was a sight to see! Though my ride down was rain soaked downpour the entire way I never deterred from my destination over 200 miles there with soaked leather. As the day Drew on and I arrived the clouds disappeared and fun was had I had only one hang up to that point a fuse in my starter relay popped which was a 20 minute find and 1 minute fix. I proudly displayed the rattle can roadie downtown and looked at all the great bikes and talked to allot of wonderful people. As night Drew on we all gathered at the local supermarket to get ready for the night ride affectionately known as the 465 loop takeover! Me and my friends geared up and then it got sad for me I turned my key kicked my stand back eased in the clutch hit the starter and Bam I was engulfed in flames from the bike that quickly reached 10 feet in the air I witnessed the pull of strangers grabbing any and everything to try to put the bike out as nothing seemed to work. An employee from the supermarket ran to my rescue with a fire extinguisher and the longest minute of my life was over and I called for the trailer... The next morning I found a plug wire had come loose still no clue as to fire source but she fired right up went around the block and onto a trailer headed home I have some work ahead of me but confident I'll have her back to New again soon I'm just lucky I'm safe my bike survived and there are people who go above and beyond to help someone they barely even knew. Click image for larger version

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    I have accepted once I started on a path of customization my bike will never actually be "finished" I'm ok with that

  • #2
    Holy craptastic Batman!! I am glad you are ok! Machines can be fixed, but the body, not always. Hope you find the cause and keep us informed.
    All these extra nuts and bolts go somewhere... oh well, I'll figure it out later.

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    • #3
      that would be a heart breaker to watch. at least it is fixable and not a total loss. some wires, paint and hours of labor and your back up and rolling. that loose plug is a weird one to happen though.
      my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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      • #4
        Sorry to here this. As Smokescreen said a plug wire coming loose is an odd thing but what is even odder is that a flammable substance would coincidentally be right in the area of the oddly loosened plug wire.

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        • #5
          Ouch! So glad you are OK. Carb puke? Petcock?

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          • davej
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            carb puke is no where near a plug wire. even fumes would dissipate or just be a quick flame and not a lasting burn.

        • #6
          Originally posted by davej View Post
          Sorry to here this. As Smokescreen said a plug wire coming loose is an odd thing but what is even odder is that a flammable substance would coincidentally be right in the area of the oddly loosened plug wire.
          thats what i was thinking. without a gas leak flames that high that fast seams unlikely without foul play
          my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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          • davej
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            If the wire was loose when it was parked the bike should have been running bad or at least oddly. My guess is that someone that calls us guys HD wanna be's had something to do with it.

          • Duke
            Duke commented
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            I'm with davej, plug wires don't just come loose if there factory ends. And a mystery of the flammable liquid in that area?

        • #7
          WOW! That is terrible. Hope you get the bike squared away and find out what happened.

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          • #8
            Plug wire being loose had nothing to do with the fire. You had a short and/or fuel was combust ed from somewhere (linen filter, tank leak etc). Even if your seat caught fire (the only obvious Burnable item) it wouldn't instantly throw 10 ft flames in the air.
            "I'm Ricky Bobby. If you don't chew Big Red.....then Fuck You"

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            • #9
              Glad to hear no one was injured. Curious as to how this happened.

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              • #10
                Could the fuel line or in-line filter have leaked? Those might have been close enough for the flames. A loose sparkplug wire sounds more like a result of the attempts to extinguish the fire.

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                • #11
                  Ok so I tore the bike up bones and I think I got it the source of the fire was at the carb somehow the gas not stopping it's flow and doused my bak breather with allot of raw fuel my dumbass in the rush to go there day I changed plugs never removed the top screw on thing from the plug just pushing the wire on made contact but it never locked on so at some point during the trip it had backed off enough to throw the spark igniting the fuel vapors built up under the tank then trailing back to the air cleaner and eventually the carb as well I'm sure there was no foul play as I never left the bike as I was being asked about everything from quite a few people as just the color garners comments everywhere I go so I never really left the seat it was just a freak episode one that I'm glad happened while still and not at speed! Thank you for all the kind words the biggest issues I can detect are the throttle cables are melted and feel grabby and most of the plastic parts of the carb are all but recognizable so I'll need to price those parts my paint job that's all rattle can and around 400 hours well now I have it tore down further than I ever have so I can get the little things I always wanted to get at she will be back she will be better, faster, and more detailed then ever before

                  Thank you so much everyone that's contributed to this page and helped me on the journey thus far I'm sure your invaluable advise is going to help guide my hand for the rebuild to come!
                  I have accepted once I started on a path of customization my bike will never actually be "finished" I'm ok with that

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                  • #12
                    Glad to hear you're ok and you've found the source of the problem.

                    On my bike, I found that the fuel pipe from the petcock had swelled over time, and the oem hose clamps can't deal with it. Found a puddle of fuel on the garage floor one day -glad I caught it in time.

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                    • #13
                      I had the seat off of mine when I was changing the oil, started it up and it shot sparks about 2 feet in the air from the negative battery cable. I about crapped myself! Wondering how flame resistant the seat is now?

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                      • #14
                        Final update! So in the ultimate end (sorry I haven't been around in a long while!) Click image for larger version

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ID:	96843 this was the culprit for the fuel source the river was dry rotted cracked and just seaping raw fuel all over! And as before I left the nipple on the top of a plug causing the wire to slowly creep off and once I hit the button it arched across the cylinders and poof!
                        It's been almost 2 years and haven't had any serious issues other than handling from messed up down forces after fairing and bags were rushed! Click image for larger version

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                        I have accepted once I started on a path of customization my bike will never actually be "finished" I'm ok with that

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                        • #15
                          Glad to see your back on the road.
                          Life is short, eat dessert first----Unknown

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                          • Chromepony
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                            Ditto !!

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