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X11 is smelly. Is that normal?

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I've not had her long but my X11 is a bit smelly. She's a late model and has been sitting with little use for at least a year. When she first fired, she ran fine and I rolled to a petrol station and gassed her up. Ever since she had a strong whiff of petrol after running. Due to the nature of the city, she's getting relatively short runs with lots of traffic stops. She seems powerful and is very smooth and I'm not really worried. I just wondered if this is normal for these bikes to have a little whiff of fuel after running.

There's no leaks, no runs or dribbles and certainly nothing pooling underneath her.

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Jack

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Hi Jack, how do you stop the engine? some people blip the throttle as they stop the engine. with you being stationary this can lead to a petrol smell. I always just turn it off without the blip and have not noticed any fuel smell.

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That's interesting, I always do blip the engine out of habit. I'll try giving that a miss. Thanks for the advice!

 

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Fuel may be a bit stale too, with being stood.

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There's clearly a problem! I ran my first $10 through her and she delivered 14mpg overall. Not good. On the one hand, she has been stood a long time so the bad fuel might have caused issues, also the reserve might have been almost completely bottomed out so it's very difficult to judge. I used the scooter for work (I have a busted down Honda 50cc Ruckus well so I literally own one of the pinkest bikes in the entire country and the slowest too) and she had a faint smell of petrol when i came home.

My guess is that the hoses have started to perish a little and the petrol is evaporating. It's incredibly hot here and the fuel suffers for it. She's got a few marks so after Christmas when my finances are under control she's getting a face-lift so I'll address the issues then. For now, she's used so infrequently that it's not a big deal. She's still about the same price to run as an automatic scooter in heavy traffic.

Also, I've been heavy on the throttle. I'm dead impressed with the handling, she sticks to the road like glue and corners like a bike half her size. My wife commented on how quickly she got round tight curves.

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