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My gl1500 is 1988 but only has 14000 mls up

When i park up i get an extremly strong smell of

petrolI have to let the bike lie up for a couple of hours

To get rid of the smell.There is no problem when the engine is running

Has anyone experienced this problem

Paul Dolan
 

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Check the filler cap is sealing properly. Lift the flap and with the cap still on, bend down and look for fumes coming up from the cap. If there is a lot of petrol vapour rising up then the cap isn't sealing properly. The small vent in the cap only releases a small amount of vapour that isn't really visible, so a big vapour trail is bad news.

If that isn't the problem, check for carb flooding. They can flood into the exhausts so check for the smell down there as well.
 

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sounds like a needle sticking in a carb after the engine is shut down ,which could lead to the carb flooding ,,,,
 

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I'm going to assume it's not the carb since you don't say anything about flooding or hard starting.Most likely a slight fuel leak, it wouldn't take much just a seep would do it. Do you notice any pressureventing fromthe tank when you take the cap off? The hose from the top of the cap is supposed to vent through a charcoal filter, if the filter is plugged up or the vent hose plugged the smell might be from vapor leaking from the vent line.
 
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