This is part of a continuing series. To start at the beginning, click here.
If you’ve been keeping up with my project bike posts, you know I’ve gotten the Nighthawk back to excellent running (and looking) condition. All I needed to do was spoon on some sticky new Bridgestone rubber and I was —
Oh crap, the petcock is leaking. (That’s a fairly accurate representation of how it went when I got the text from a neighbor saying my beloved Honda had a very stinky puddle of gasoline under it.)
It wasn’t much of a surprise, as the ethanol in today’s gas destroys rubber O-rings, especially older rubber that isn’t specially treated. So I did a quick look-up on BikeBandit.com to get the original part numbers, then called up my friends at Honda North America, just an hour away in Torrance, California, to see if they had any new old stock parts for me.
They did, and sent them on their way to me in short order. The petcock was only leaking badly in the Off position, so I was able to ride it the short distance to my boss’ house (again), since he has a lift and a plethora of tools.
Fortunately, since we were only servicing the lower part of the petcock, it didn’t need to come all the way off the tank. We just had to access the rear of it, which meant unbolting the tank and propping it up at the back. Ultimately, we decided to just remove the tank entirely to make it easier. This required draining the remaining gas into a container first, but it only took a few extra minutes and was worth it.
Less than an hour later, the petcock was reassembled, the tank was back on and yay! No more gas leakage!
Now onto those tires….