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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Went for a ride yesterday, and immediately noticed a strong odor of raw gasoline. No noticeable leaks on or under the bike, but a very strong smell of gas. New air filter installed last week, old one smelled very "gassy". Bike seems to run fine, but is very smelly. Any thoughts from the group???
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How does the gas cap/tank venting seem to be?

Is the smell there only within a period of time after a ride or is it that way all the time?

The bike seems to run fine but do you know if the gas mileage has taken a hit (gone down) or is it the same as whatever is normal for you?

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VN750GUY...The venting appears to be fine. I get that high pitched whistle after a ride for a bit. The dealer says that is normal.

The smell is there all the time, of course it is much stronger when sitting still as opposed to on the highway, but it is still noticeable on the highway.

I THINK the mileage is worse, when riding the Distance to Empty seems to be in line with previous trips, BUT, the Fuel gauge does not reflect that. Also the Average Fuel Economy has not changed.

This is my first full tank since the smell appeared.
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The points I made are general ones that anyone could think of, really. As my bike has two carbs, and I am not familiar with the physical layout of the Voyager or fuel injection specifically, I'm probably not the best one to troubleshoot the issue.

Other Voyager (or 1700) riders can pitch-in here and comment on if theirs also makes that "vent whistle" sound. All that I can say is that I've never heard my own bike whistle, but its a different species machine so that may not have any validity in your case.

NOT seeing any obvious signs of drippage or leakage would seem to lessen any worries about it being a fire hazard, but I would continue to observe for that after each ride where the gas smell occurs.

You said the old air filter smelled gassy but you didn't say if the current prevailing overall smell was present before. Aside from changing the air filter was anything else done or touched?

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When I first observed the smell, I first checkedfor noticeable leaks....NONE. I used the sniff test to point towards the Air Filter, and when I checked the air filter, I found it smelled "gassy", then changed it out for new. The smell did not stop after that. Nothing else has been done to the bike. It is bone stock. No "tuner", no pipes etc.
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1. How many miles on it?
2. How long have you owned?
3. Post a picture of the spark plugs.
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Have you checked the tank vent rubber hose? I forgot to hook that up once after doing some work - strong gas odor.

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Hi all;

Thanks for the responses. After a trip to my local Kawasaki dealer we found a leaking seal in and around the fuel injection system. Parts on order and should be here soon. Hoping my extended warranty covers this.
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Hi all;

Thanks for the responses. After a trip to my local Kawasaki dealer we found a leaking seal in and around the fuel injection system. Parts on order and should be here soon. Hoping my extended warranty covers this.
Warranty should cover. Just a suggetion....I would stay on top of the incoming parts to make sure they are not backordered. I had my radiator fan motor break with 3500 miles on my 2016. It was a couple of weeks before they advised part was on backorder. None to be had in USA! They told me motor was on a boat coming from Japan. I called Kawasaki HQ and after a conversation about how disappointed I was for not having such a part for a brand new bike, they airshipped one to my dealer from Japan. Installed 7 days later. I read too that someone had same issue with a rectifier.....none in USA and being shipped from Japan.

Good luck! Hope the parts are in stock.

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Glad you found the cause. I've noticed a slight gas smell when applying lots of throttle since I got my ECU flashed. I don't know if the two are related but I'll checking the injector seals just in case. Thanks.

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