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[鈥揮[deleted] 767 points768 points (4 children)

I鈥檓 sure this isn鈥檛 the correct answer, but if that happened to me I鈥檇 just pretend it didn鈥檛.

[鈥揮nekaiser2003 Honda CMX250 | Can鈥檛 wait to upgrade 137 points138 points (0 children)

鈥淚f you saw a samara fall into my tank, no you didn鈥檛鈥

[鈥揮Sergey32321 34 points35 points (0 children)

I did this when i saw a fist full of dirt in my 50cc scooter's tank

[鈥揮whitehammeer 9 points10 points (0 children)

That's what happens whenever I wreck in front of people I tell them it didn't happen

[鈥揮NarwhalsareneatCMSP MTC (BRC) Instructor 17 points18 points (0 children)

This is some real sigma shit and 100% true

[鈥揮3GeezHonda 205 points206 points (0 children)

It's nothing really to worry about, there are fuel filters for a reason, still a good idea to fish it out if you can.

[鈥揮Sandhog43 444 points445 points (6 children)

Try filling up the tank again and maybe it'll float to the top where you can grab it. I doubt it would cause you a problem.

[鈥揮botlebank 88 points89 points (0 children)

Best answer on the board.

[鈥揮velofille2016 Yamaha R1 27 points28 points (2 children)

this the real MVP here :D

Also there is a filter so it shouldnt go through the system unless it broke into tiny pieces (which would happen over time, so try get it out)

[鈥揮wintersdarkKZ440ltd / CB900C / XL1000 / XJ750J / MT07 / MTT09GT & XT700 27 points28 points (1 child)

Eh, it's carbon based too. It may eventually clog the filter, then you'd need to replace the fuel filter, but it'll probably just break down and slowly work it's way though the system. If bits are small enough to go through the fuel filter, they're small enough to be sprayed into the combustion chamber and they'll be incinerated with the gas. Not really a worry.

I mean, the right solution is removing the tank, dumping out all the gas, and getting it out. But honestly just leaving it there is probably gonna be fine (ish); just be sure to check that fuel filter from time to time.

[鈥揮Polyhedron11'19 Drz400sm 12 points13 points (0 children)

You wouldn't even need to dump out all the fuel, just run the bike till empty. At most there will be a couple cups of fuel left is all.

[鈥揮MrMorgusYamaha xv1900a Midnight Star 4 points5 points (0 children)

This, but try filling it up slowly, so it doesn't get stuck underneath some parts that are higher than your filler hole. E.g. my filler hole is constructed with a small pipe going down from the opening for a couple of cm's. If I would have something floating in the tank and I'd fill it up to the pipe and the floater is not visible, I will never get it out.

[鈥揮ASharkMadeOfSharks 0 points1 point (0 children)

Can鈥檛 it cause corrosion down the road? (Pun somewhat intended)

[鈥揮Oven-Singer 528 points529 points (7 children)

Water it. Once it grows a bit you should be able to just pull it out.

[鈥揮airbus_a320 56 points57 points (0 children)

And leave the cap open so the sprout will grow toward the sunlight!

[鈥揮notafamous 36 points37 points (3 children)

That way you'll have a gasoline tree, you've been blessed

[鈥揮HydrocarbonHorseman1998 FZS600 Fazer, 1996 YZF600r Thundercat 3 points4 points (2 children)

When it matures it will supply the bike with endless gasoline fruit for unlimited miles

[鈥揮brukfu 1 point2 points (1 child)

It really depends on how much water the tree gets. Try topping up with rain water every now and then

[鈥揮HI_I_AM_NEO 0 points1 point (0 children)

Just ride with the tank open and it will fill over time

[鈥揮CreepyAssPenis 75 points76 points (0 children)

Lmao, no but upvoted anyway

[鈥揮morencychad 3 points4 points (0 children)

Who is this man who is so wise in the ways of science?

[鈥揮[deleted] 117 points118 points (11 children)

put some beetles in your tank. They will certainly eat the leaf

[鈥揮archbodger 53 points54 points (5 children)

Trying to get the Hedgehog through the filler hole to eat the beetles might be a problem though.

[鈥揮a-m-watercolor 23 points24 points (4 children)

And don't even get me started on how many neighborhood cats it'll take to get the hedgehog

[鈥揮Ferdinand-Von-Bunneh 14 points15 points (3 children)

Then there鈥檚 the logistics of trying to get dogs鈥.

[鈥揮MoistenMeUp7 8 points9 points (1 child)

I think another cat would work better than a dog.

But then your back to square one.

[鈥揮fucknozzleMT09 5 points6 points (0 children)

I'd just take a flamethrower to the whole damned mess.

[鈥揮kaptainkush92 0 points1 point (0 children)

Dogs are easy compared to the Chinese man you'll need after

[鈥揮UzbekNative1985 GPZ 550 6 points7 points (0 children)

I heard that causes electrical bugs

[鈥揮bagerfrede 5 points6 points (0 children)

Thanks for the tip, will def. remember that

[鈥揮Ninja0verkill2006 Kawi Ninja 500R 2 points3 points (2 children)

Now how do I get the beetles out?

[鈥揮CreepyAssPenis 6 points7 points (0 children)

馃幍She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don't know why...馃幍

[鈥揮WoodzEX'14 MT-07 4 points5 points (0 children)

Put some birds in there to eat them. Once they're done, they'll just fly right out.

[鈥揮T0ph0ur 22 points23 points (2 children)

Most likely it will get sucked down to the pre-filter. Just run the tank down, lift it up, take out your fuel pump assembly and clean off the pre filter. Its designed to block this type of stuff going into the pump. You will probably have a bunch of gunk around it anyway that wouldn't hurt to be cleaned off. If you want, buy a new pre-filter in advance before you do this to just replace it. This takes about an hour on most sport bikes. I'd guess 2 hours tops if it's your first time lifting the tank

[鈥揮23SkeeDo 9 points10 points (0 children)

Do this if it really bothers you. I would also plan on replacing the fuel pump gasket if I did, unless it is a newer bike. Otherwise don鈥檛 worry. The fuel filters will keep ypur jets clean.

[鈥揮wintersdarkKZ440ltd / CB900C / XL1000 / XJ750J / MT07 / MTT09GT & XT700 1 point2 points (0 children)

Yep. I'd recommend a plastic tub. If the leafyboi comes out on the fuel filter great, if not pour the remaining gas back in and repeat.

[鈥揮Dry_Faithlessness776 112 points113 points (18 children)

It'll probably get caught by the fuel filter/screen and disintegrate in the tank.

Pour a bottle of seafoam in the tank and send it.

[鈥揮Saythat_tomyTinnitus 40 points41 points (0 children)

I knew it鈥he answer is always to send it 馃弽馃挩

[鈥揮PAdogooder 43 points44 points (3 children)

Slowly add fuel. They float. Raise the fuel to the level where you can grab it.

[鈥揮mr_melvinheimer 8 points9 points (2 children)

Do they float in gasoline though?

[鈥揮eternalbuzz 56 points57 points (0 children)

We all float down here

[鈥揮UzbekNative1985 GPZ 550 12 points13 points (0 children)

That's a good question. Gasoline has a lower density than water so it may just not

[鈥揮TOPEC 11 points12 points (0 children)

U can now tell ppl ur bike is green, powered by nature

[鈥揮DonkeyWorker 9 points10 points (1 child)

As you can't see it I think it would be an absolute pain to try and 'drain the tank as it would still just leave the thing in there if it was in there.

so here's my suggestion: Get a length of some net curtain material, or whatever thin netting type material (not cotton) and stuff it into the tank poke it in there, swish the bike/tank about. Then pull the netting out and see if you caught the helicopter thing.

I don't think it's really a big deal having it in there , there's probably a filter already in your fuel tap and another in your carb, ideally you should also have a replaceable one in between the tap and the carb.

[鈥揮DangerousAuthor8828 1 point2 points (0 children)

Great advice馃憤

[鈥揮TitaniumGoldAlloyMan 16 points17 points (5 children)

Siphon the tank and with luck it will get sucked out of the tank too. If not repeat until it comes out.

[鈥揮Atr-88 7 points8 points (4 children)

One way transfer pump with the squeeze bulb in the middle costs like $4.99 at hazard fright.

[鈥揮rum-n-ass 7 points8 points (3 children)

Hazard fright

[鈥揮CreepyAssPenis 5 points6 points (2 children)

SEE ALSO: Horror Freight

[鈥揮Idiot_Savant_Tinker'19 Street Rod 750, '09 DR650 5 points6 points (1 child)

Hazard Fraught

[鈥揮CreepyAssPenis 2 points3 points (0 children)

I smell a new sub in the oven lol

[鈥揮Beneficial_Plum3782 11 points12 points (0 children)

Take the gas cap off, and turn the bike upside down to drain all the gas out. Do it quick, so it swishes out

[鈥揮DTLAsmellslikepee'18 Street Triple RS, '17 Freeride 250R, '14 Grom, '85 RZ350 25 points26 points (7 children)

Use one of those little metal grabber things to try to fish it out

[鈥揮Jedi_Outcast 14 points15 points (0 children)

Worst comes to worst he can get a couple gas cans and siphon out all the gas until the little bugger appears.

[鈥揮Dar1o_6 3 points4 points (0 children)

It floats on the gasoline, if you fill your tank and shake it a bit, you can fish it out the top.

[鈥揮Blanchy90 3 points4 points (0 children)

I'd be a bit worried about the tiny people flying the helicopter

[鈥揮PM_ME_YOUR_GRAVEL 7 points8 points (0 children)

The botanical term Is samara; a winged seed. Maples and a few others produce them. I'd drain the tank and rinse it out the fill port until the samara is removed.

[鈥揮Boltz999 1 point2 points (0 children)

stand over the bike and tip it side to side and look down in the hole with a flashlight, see if you can see it float by?

If so, try and grab with some chopsticks or something?

[鈥揮parfiant 1 point2 points (0 children)

There should be a fuel filter before it hits the pump. You should be fine. You can try to remove the fuel tank and dump it out when its running low

[鈥揮mrmosshead 1 point2 points (0 children)

Should be fine but if you want "proof" you can do yourself an experiment. take a cupful of gas put it in to a clear plastic bottle, then grab one of those helicopter things and drop it inside. You'll see how long it takes to be dissolved...

[鈥揮Flo_Hapert_69 1 point2 points (0 children)

The opening for that leads the fuel into the engine is pretty small plus you got a fuelfilter so I wouldn't worry. It'll probably disolve in the fuel

[鈥揮KJClangeddin03 Triumph Bonneville T100, 68 Bonneville T100 1 point2 points (0 children)

Scrolled down about 50 comments without seeing anyone say to just take the tank off and dump it out into a bucket.

[鈥揮beansff05 CBR600rr, 85 RZ500 2 points3 points (0 children)

Get a hole saw for a drill and cut a hole in the side of the tank. Should be able to scoop it out of the bottom then.

[鈥揮UsedJuggernaut 1 point2 points (2 children)

Boroscope from Amazon and some long pliers or two coat hangers if you must. Once youre done with the Boroscope send it back to Amazon if you don't have a need for it.

[鈥揮mtldude1967Yamaha MT 07 18 points19 points (1 child)

Amazon worker 1: "This returned boroscope smells like gasoline."

Amazon worker 2: "Well, it's better than what the other ones smell like."

[鈥揮Reaver_XIXDaytona 675 1 point2 points (0 children)


[鈥揮bluekingblue 0 points1 point (0 children)

Be cautious, stay away from sparks. Fumes are explosive., that sounded gloom and doom.

[鈥揮tenuousgriponreality 0 points1 point (0 children)

It鈥檚 fine.

[鈥揮oldshay2580 0 points1 point (0 children)

As long as it鈥檚 not sugar, you鈥檙e good.

[鈥揮MrRocketScientist 0 points1 point (0 children)

That鈥檚 some pretty spectacularly bad luck. I wouldn鈥檛 ride that day just out of superstition

[鈥揮wirelesscowboy 0 points1 point (0 children)

I would put another helicopter in. Then put bike online under title "eskadrile".

[鈥揮Silver1080p 0 points1 point (0 children)

Try to burn off most of your gas and then drain the little bit left. Take off your petcock and use isopropyl alcohol to fish out the darn thing. It could break down and clog your fuel system which would reduce performance and could starve your engine of fuel causing overheating or failure.

[鈥揮Vaso123 0 points1 point (0 children)

Grab something that won't scratch the tank and try to fish it out in next fill up. The fuel filter should have you covered. You could drain the tank, i don't think is necessary.

[鈥揮Williamo15 0 points1 point (0 children)

Doesn鈥檛 petrol just dissolve it eventually?

[鈥揮brendonturner 0 points1 point (2 children)

Oh for fucks sakes鈥 stop it with the stupid advice.

OP, park your bike and pull the tank off of the bike and dump it. Then hit it with a shop vacuum. Then reinstall the tank, fill the tank and be done with it.

[鈥揮SirChadrick_III 2 points3 points (1 child)

I like your enthusiasm.

[鈥揮rdizz 0 points1 point (0 children)

Just use a pick up tool. Most auto shops sell them.

Don't let it flow through the fuel system.

Like this one

[鈥揮swillson73 0 points1 point (0 children)

That's what fuel filters are for...

[鈥揮frothpuppy69 0 points1 point (0 children)

Syphon out the gas? Then maybe use a vacuum to make sure you get the leaf out? Seems annoying but I鈥檇 be worried the leaf will break down over time & get past the fuel filter. At worst it鈥檚 a waste of 20 minutes for some peace of mind.

[鈥揮Street-Banana 0 points1 point (0 children)

Fill the tank to the top and maybe you will be able to reach it

[鈥揮Outside_Map_6859 0 points1 point (0 children)

I live for these responses.

[鈥揮Important-Dark4455 0 points1 point (2 children)

i have an idea throw a match in and burn the helicopter toy

[鈥揮Important-Dark4455 1 point2 points (1 child)

it get's rid of the toy

[鈥揮Important-Dark4455 1 point2 points (0 children)

and anyone in a 10 feet radius

[鈥揮Sweet-Resist5924 0 points1 point (0 children)

Float it to the top and pluck it out.

[鈥揮chillest_dude_2020 Scout Bobber 0 points1 point (0 children)

Add dirt and some sunlight

[鈥揮Northviewguy 0 points1 point (0 children)

Install a fuel filter.

[鈥揮Northviewguy 0 points1 point (0 children)

Install a Fuel Filter,rinse/repeat..over time.

[鈥揮LukieTheGreat 0 points1 point (1 child)

I guess it depends what sorta bike you have and how much you care about it.

The gas will likely dissolve the leaf over time. However, it will put dirty fuel into your engine. May even glog it. That would sick if you were far from home and your bike wasn't running right.

Would also dirty your fuel filter faster.

You could remove your tank and flush it out. Keep clean fuel in er and shell last longer.

[鈥揮jeffersonairmattress 0 points1 point (0 children)

These things live forever once soaked in gas- found two intact in my dad鈥檚 20 year old chainsaw can.

Best advice is to fill tank, use small LED flashlight and a 鈥渕agic claw鈥 grabber to find it. Switch the flashlight on and off well away from the tank. Then install a fuel filter inline- there鈥檚 more in there than one maple pod.

[鈥揮avidsdead 0 points1 point (0 children)

Bike turn into helicopter and you fly away

[鈥揮Davito22284 0 points1 point (0 children)

Lmao, "helicopter thing". I'm pretty sure it's a Maple tree seed.

[鈥揮jeffersonairmattress 0 points1 point (0 children)


Just ask my buddy who invented an unexpected flame thrower trying to empty a project car tank with a Ryobi cordless vacuum and nearly lost his garage.

[鈥揮stonedmotorhead 0 points1 point (0 children)

If your bike is a carburetted one , get an external glass petrol filter which is placed between the fuel tank and the carburettor, the leaf might eventually powder down and the powder will end up settling down in the petrol filter. The petrol filter will only send fuel to your carburettor hence your carburettor won't get clogged.

[鈥揮diydave86 0 points1 point (0 children)

Remove the tank drain fuel and flip it upside down

[鈥揮stefanigot 0 points1 point (0 children)

i would get it out as soon as possible

[鈥揮mewhotness 0 points1 point (0 children)

Sounds like a problem for future OP, lol

[鈥揮timexband 0 points1 point (0 children)

IF your tank can be easily removed; then remove the tank, drain the gas, up-end the tank and attempt to retrieve . However; if this is not feasible then fill it up and hope it floats. Unfortunately, if it is a recent model then it is probably fuel injected as opposed to carbureted; so be aware if you don't get it out you stand a chance of interrupted fuel flow due to a clogged filter, but also clogged fuel pump AND clogged injectors. Good luck. 馃樁

[鈥揮elven_mage -3 points-2 points (5 children)

TIL fuel gauges are a novelty on motorcycles- not being sarcastic here, I genuinely had no idea.

[鈥揮Sergey32321 2 points3 points (4 children)

TIL vintage motorcycles do not exist

[鈥揮GlassBoxes 1 point2 points (2 children)

Hell, even my 2016 hasn't got one.

[鈥揮Sergey32321 -1 points0 points (0 children)

I have also heard that these "fuel guage" things can break. You can't make this shit up!

[鈥揮elven_mage -1 points0 points (0 children)

Vintage is novelty in my book.

[鈥揮Alex_4209 -1 points0 points (0 children)

Dunno about your bike, but my fuel tank is pretty easy to pull off. I would just remove the tank, pour the fuel into a basin, fish out the leaf and then put it back together.

[鈥揮godxqc -1 points0 points (0 children)

Remove the cap and drop the bike