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Some of you may have seen from my past post that after careful and quite fun deliberation I picked up a 2020 Triumph Rocket 3. It was an absolute blast of a bike. Fast, comfortable and quiet, such a different riding experience than my Nine T.


After a little over a month of ownership that all changed a few weeks ago.

I was meeting up with from friends at a gas station 3 miles from my house to get ready for a ride to put me over my first service mileage. I had about a quarter tank left and thought I'd top off for the ride. I usually go to Wawa's because they've got a quality facility and I can pay with my smartwatch so I don't have to take me gear off. Little did I know, that's what most likely saved me from more injuries and possibly my life that day.









I paid and had the nozzle to the bottom of the plate in the tank, which I think we've all noticed is quite shallow, and began to fill. I gave a quick wave to my buddies who were hanging out at some of the outdoor tables and continued to pump. After another 10 seconds I wondered how much I was putting in and looked up at the pump then back down to the bike to notice that fuel was just flooding out all over the tank. I freaked out cause I never saw that much of a spill before. Usually it's just a few drops that I wipe up or try to catch with my gloved hands. Then whoosh! The whole bike went up in flames from the fuel hitting the headers.

I was engulfed in the flames for a second as I was running to where my friends were. I gave a quick glance to see if I was on fire which fortunately I wasn't but I noticed that my shirt was tattered and my arms were on burnt and the pain was coming through. My buddies swung into action by hitting the fuel cutoff sitting me down and getting me some water. Luckily, there was a police officer that was getting a car wash at the building next door and within 5 minutes fire rescue was there to put the bike out and get me help.

I've got 2nd degree burns on my right arm and 1st degree on my left and face through the open visor. The doctors said that had I not been wearing my gloves I would have probably had 3rd or 4th degree burns and permanent damage. My helmet prevented more severe damage to my face, eyes, throat, lungs and possibly death.

The skin on my arms had to be literally wiped off after some heavy drugs. I've got a full month of treatment and physical therapy to do and around a year before my skin heals completely. God willing as close to normal as possible.

Insurance (Geico) is covering the bike completely, my health insurance has me covered. I'm on disability from now through the end of the year and I've secured legal council for the accident. Wawa corporate and the investigators who saw the video don't see any negligence on my part, for example topping off, being on my phone, leaving the bike running or smoking.

In addition to the accident here's a quick rundown of all that was supposed to happen in the coming days and weeks. The very next day I was supposed to drop off the bike to get wrapped to change the color and design. Saturday was the 1st service. I had a hotel booked and trailer rented to a guy's vacation to ride the Tail of the Dragon mid-month.

Lessons learned:

1. Never take your eye off the tank when filling up. Things you trust when driving a car cannot be when your riding a bike.
2. If you can, keep your helmet and gloves on while refueling. It clearly saved my life.
3. Wear a jacket. Had I been wearing a jacket instead of a t-shirt because it was 90 degrees out I most likely wouldn't have been injured to this extent.

What sucks is that I had ordered a summer jacket the night before for my upcoming trip. It should be here any now and now I've got no bike and no trip. Also, that I remember when I filled up the bike for the first time I remember thinking, "that's a shallow stop point for the nozzle." But I never had an overflow of spill before.

My attorney will be investigating the pump manufacturer, Wawa and Triumph to hold the proper parties responsible.

I'm really glad this didn't happen to my Nine T, I put so much time, love and money into that bike it would have been heartbreaking. Most importanly, I'm glad to still be around to tell the tale.

3 weeks after the accident, I'm already out of most of my bandages, healing up nicely and pain meds are at a minimum. I have to stay out of the sun for a year which sucks but with cooler riding weather and my other bike I'm hoping to be back on the road again next month.

Be safe out here everyone.
 

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Wow. So sorry to hear about your injuries and the lost bike. That really sucks. But I'm glad you will be okay. Obviously that's the most important thing. I'm also glad your motorcycle insurance and health insurance are covering the bike and you. And thanks for sharing the lessons learned.
 

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Scary.... I'm very sorry for you, I hope you will fully recover and have enough spirit to get a new "other bike" soon!
Thank you for sharing your bad experience.
 
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Very sad reading, but, what exactly caused the fuel to overflow?
Did the pump fail to knock off when it detected fuel at the muzzle?
Hope you get a good resolution, and recover to perfect health yourself.
Cheers,Ken.
 

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Very sorry to hear that and I am glad that you survived. Wish you full recovery soon mate.
 
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Scary.... I'm very sorry for you, I hope you will fully recover and have enough spirit to get a new "other bike" soon!
Thank you for sharing your bad experience.
Thanks man. I'll definitely be on another bike soon enough. I'm itching to get riding again and waiting for the next gen Aprilias to arrive.
 

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Very sad reading, but, what exactly caused the fuel to overflow?
Did the pump fail to knock off when it detected fuel at the muzzle?
Hope you get a good resolution, and recover to perfect health yourself.
Cheers,Ken.
Yeah, the pump never detected fuel was at the top. The detective and Wawa thinks it's the pump but a lot of other Rocket 3 riders said they've had overflow issues. Unfortunately, mine is the only one that led to a fire.

Thanks, I'm on the mends! :)
 

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Good to know you made it through, this could’ve had a really bad ending. Definitely not something I thought could happen - fuel hitting the headers and catching fire.
For our bikes, does the overflow canister solve this problem at all or mitigate it somehow?
 

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Oh my god! Well, first is first and you are ok, so that's the main point. Hope you recover completely and soon enjoy riding your NineT!
 

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I'm so glad that you're still around to tell the tale and share with others. You have provided an important reminder to be mindful of what we are doing at the pump, which will likely save another. Thank you for sharing and a speedy recovery to to you.
 

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Horrible news @Phenix3939

Glad you're doing okay, I hope the healing goes quickly.

Thanks for adding how important paying attention at the pump is. I've been caught off guard a few times when the pumps with the built in television screen start bleating out a commercial.

Good Luck.
 

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Flipping heck! Really relieved you are still here to tell the tale and are on the mend. Sounds like a defective gas pump as it should have cut off when it detected flow of fuel going past the nozzle. At least that's what happens in the UK!

Hoping you recover fully, mate!
 

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Wow, this is really something else. Sorry to hear about your bike and your injuries though it sounds like things could have been a lot worse. I work in healthcare and burns are no joke- wishing you a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Good reminder about paying attention at the pump. I've always been particularly cautious when filling up but mostly because I don't like the idea of spilling fuel on my bike but this puts a completely different spin on it.
 

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Very wise cautionary words. Trust you'll have a speedy recovery and be back riding soon.
 
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Crikey that's scary glad you're OK.
Fuel pumps in Oz also cut off when the flow goes past the nozzle. Always considered that a bit annoying when filling up small tanks. You've got to giggle it a bit to try and get a full tanks worth of fuel in. That said I'll never whinge again knowing that can happen.
Hope you have a speedy recovery and are out again soon!
 

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I've never heard of that happening but I will definitely be more careful when fueling my bikes at the station. I'm glad to hear you making a recovery.
 

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Wow! That looks and sounds like you have had a truly traumatic experience. I've never seen anything like that happening before whilst refuelling a bike. Thankfully you survived and I wish you a full and speedy recovery.
 

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Good to know you made it through, this could’ve had a really bad ending. Definitely not something I thought could happen - fuel hitting the headers and catching fire.
For our bikes, does the overflow canister solve this problem at all or mitigate it somehow?
Hi Devla,
I think the canister overflow pipe is on around 1/8” Internal Dia. so wouldn’t have a cat in hells chance of copinging.
Whatever size it was It couldn’t cope with that situation, unfortunately.
Cheers,Ken.
 
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