That there’s some bad gas

Peter got a gas siphon from Harbor Freight and since I’m well enough to be restless but contagious enough to be home from work, I figured I’d empty the Bandit’s gas tank into our plastic 5-gallon container.

First of all, let me just say that the gas siphon is god’s greatest gift to mankind. Well, that and fire, I suppose. I’m sure I’m decades behind the trend here, but I really got a kick out of priming the pump and then watching the gas flow from the tank to the container.

Except….it wasn’t really gas. I would say that the gas content of the Bandit tank was actually quite low. Instead, I siphoned rust out of the tank. Glop after gooey burb of rusty brown sludge pumped out of the tank before my very eyes.

Once it was all out, I poured the yuck from the 5-gallon container into empty juice containers for disposal.


This, my dear friends, is not what gas should look like. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this is pretty much the opposite of what you want in your gas tank.

So now I’m watching ebay for Bandit gas tanks. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the “do it yourself” Kreem kits, etc — any opinions? I’m thinking it’d be better for the bike and my own mental health to just replace the tank.

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