So I pulled into a gas station yesterday on the way home from work to fill up. After filling up, I touched the starter button, just a tap to see how easy it would fire up (pun). The engine gave a big back fire pop - didn't think much of it, it's done that before when hot (it was 86 yesterday).
A moment later, smoke was rolling out from under the gas tank. I turned off the key thinking it might be electrical, but noooo. Flames started licking from under the right side of the FULL gas tank.
I got to yell 'WE GOT FIRE HERE' at a gas station. That was fun.
I jumped off the bike (by this time it was really flaming) and saw the rear foam air filter burning - sending licks of flame up the side of the tank.
I had fingerless gloves on so I figured I wouldn't get my hand totally burnt, grabbed the burning air filter, ripped it off the carb, tossed it into the parking lot where some good citizens stomped it out. There was fire left on the remaining foam stuck to the carb so I was able to blow that out like a candle (thanks to my musical training on the TUBA, I had plenty of air to do that).
I picked up and dipped the now smoldering, what's left of my rear air filter, in the gas stations' window washing tub to douse any hot spots and tossed it in the garbage.
With the excitment over, calmly sat back down on the saddle, started it up, and continued on home. Didn't run well at all on the interstate, w/o the filter; really messed with the CV function of the carb.
Pay day today so I get new filter pods!
Ride safe, you never know what's coming