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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Sad Day in Tampa

Well today is a sad day in Tampa! I rode from work to my sons school for a meeting and stopped to fill up on the way. After the meeting I jumped on my bike and fired her up for the quick 5 mile run to the house. Well I noticed that there was light coming from the engine and looked down to see what was going on. And to my surprise my engine and carbs were on FIRE! i ripped my helmet off and tried to blow on it, but it was far too late.

So on the bright side I made a bunch of kids days for giving them the opportunity to see a motorcycle engulfed in flames.

Looking back a while ago I had an issue where the carbs filled the rear cylinder and ran half a tank onto the ground at my sons soccer tournament. After draining the carbs and cylinder I chalked it up as a vacuum leak and the bike ran fine with out any issues for a while and through multiple tanks of fuel. I'm guessing that the same thing happened and the 30-45 min the meeting took wasnt enough to hydo-lock the cylinder like the last time.

Either way my first Vulcan has been one heck of a experience.
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 09:55 PM
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That's horrible, Joe! Glad you were able to jump off before getting singed. Bikes are replaceable, people aren't.

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Can we all bow our heads and have a moment of silence.
Sorry for the loss.

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Oh my, what a horrific picture. I can't believe that happened. Go glad you're ok.


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omfg!!!!!!!!! unreal, at least you was able to get a pic for the memory and were ok. that should be the first thread in the verses. "dont do this" hope you arent like me and have more than the min insurance to get you on the road!

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post #6 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-07-2009, 01:23 AM
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I dunno, I kinda like that picture, sucks that it was your bike but that pic F'en Rawks

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Sorry to hear it bro, that's a tough one. Glad you're ok and hopefully this leads to bigger and better. Keep us posted...
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Sorry to see that happen. Glad to see you aren't hurt.

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Glad you're OK, the pick is unbelievable, looks just like Ghost rider.

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Glad you didn't cook your parts

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