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Offline Fais

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This was an eBay keyless gas cap. Will prob order another and have it within a week on the road somewhere. Til then .... can I do better than this?? I have my Kawi cap at home.

5-hour energy bottle with some electrical tape for a snug fit. I have a plastic lid to cover with when parked in case of overnight rain:-/ Probably will tape the lid on....



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If you can find an expandable rubber plug big enough that's what I would do . Hardware stores have em . The rubber expands when you turn the nut . Some even have a wingnut .
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Dang Bro I am sorry to hear that. I wish I had a better solution..seems like you have a good idea so far..maybe a hardware store could help..i wish I had an idea..you are one traveling dude..do you ever stay home ? lol

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"May" need a small hole for venting?
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autoparts store and try a couple of aftermarket replacements

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Well, at least your gas cap won't get jammed like the stock corroding one that you left at home...  Just make sure nothing that you use dissolves in gasoline.

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Maybe there is a kawasaki dealer nearby that has one?

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I'm actually staying at a Kawi dealership tomorrow night. Has a shop but has probably never had a Connie or Connie part. However, even my girl's Mini-Z 125 has the same gas cap as Betty. So maybe there will be something there. If not it will get a rubber plug (thanks CraZ - good idea) and an eBay replacement shipped to somewhere on the road. Mine was the old style and I'm pretty sure I screwed her on tight - but the threads have felt like they were loosening up:-/ The new one is 'sprung'....

I have firm plans for the next 8 days but then have 10 days to get home from Washington and no plan. Makes it hard to order stuff!

Canada Steve - there's a tiny vent hole just outside of the plugged hole. Good lookin out :great:

Tagara - Anywhere I have a bike waiting for me outside IS home  ;)

Thanks for the help y'all  :beerchug:
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Try a swimming pool sales and supply store, they have expandable rubber plugs like this

http://www.pool-spa-supplies.com/winterizing-plug-2in-plug-size-11?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=CPzy2Za4xc4CFZY0aQodLA0FcA

Also, autozone, or car parts stores have similar style plugs, for replacing standard freeze plugs on engine blocks, but you'd have to pick up a wing nut from lowes or some hardware store also...


That's a best case scenario tho, and would be water tight.... id affix a string to it tho, and tie it to something incase it pops out, wouldn't want to loose the repar plug also.


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Swing by most any motorcycle stores like Cycle Gear. They may carry aftermarket fuel caps. One for a ZX14 fits as well.
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I'm actually staying at a Kawi dealership tomorrow night. Has a shop but has probably never had a Connie or Connie part. However, even my girl's Mini-Z 125 has the same gas cap as Betty. So maybe there will be something there. If not it will get a rubber plug (thanks CraZ - good idea) and an eBay replacement shipped to somewhere on the road. Mine was the old style and I'm pretty sure I screwed her on tight - but the threads have felt like they were loosening up:-/ The new one is 'sprung'....

I have firm plans for the next 8 days but then have 10 days to get home from Washington and no plan. Makes it hard to order stuff!

Canada Steve - there's a tiny vent hole just outside of the plugged hole. Good lookin out :great:

Tagara - Anywhere I have a bike waiting for me outside IS home  ;)

Thanks for the help y'all  :beerchug:

Sorry but I have to ask. How did you lose the gas hole cap?

You're 'staying at' a Kawasaki dealer? They setting up a bed for you out back or what?    ;D
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I'm actually staying at a Kawi dealership tomorrow night. Has a shop but has probably never had a Connie or Connie part. However, even my girl's Mini-Z 125 has the same gas cap as Betty. So maybe there will be something there. If not it will get a rubber plug (thanks CraZ - good idea) and an eBay replacement shipped to somewhere on the road. Mine was the old style and I'm pretty sure I screwed her on tight - but the threads have felt like they were loosening up:-/ The new one is 'sprung'....

I have firm plans for the next 8 days but then have 10 days to get home from Washington and no plan. Makes it hard to order stuff!

Canada Steve - there's a tiny vent hole just outside of the plugged hole. Good lookin out :great:

Tagara - Anywhere I have a bike waiting for me outside IS home  ;)

Thanks for the help y'all  :beerchug:



Sorry but I have to ask. How did you lose the gas hole cap?

You're 'staying at' a Kawasaki dealer? They setting up a bed for you out back or what?    ;D



I can only assume the gas cap came loose while riding - really no idea tho -

Yes - a Kawi dealer drove three hours to get me on a Sat night last year. My spark plug came out at Craters of the Moon National Park. I was fixed by 8am Sunday morning. I definitely consider this guy a friend. There's a couch in the storage room behind the dealer:-)

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I can only assume the gas cap came loose while riding - really no idea tho -

So you looked down and it was gone?

No tank bag?

Are you positive that no one took it because it was not locked on?

Maybe this would be a reason to order 2 units and have one for a spare?

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Do you have to replace that cap every 5hrs :rotflmao: You my friend, are very creative. Nice, got to love it! :beerchug: and that Mini-Z is a sweet bike
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I can only assume the gas cap came loose while riding - really no idea tho -

So you looked down and it was gone?

No tank bag?

Are you positive that no one took it because it was not locked on?

Maybe this would be a reason to order 2 units and have one for a spare?

No tank bag - just the ROK box.

Noticed it was gone when I stopped for fuel (!) I set the cap on my gloves when I fuel up so there is really no way I rode off without it and there wouldn't have been much chance of anyone stealing it. I think the threads were getting looser and looser - now we see why the new design is sprung instead of threaded:-/ I would always tighten it against the o-ring without over-tightening. Probably my bad :truce: This cap was a gift to me - when my friend got 'the new one' lol. Remind me to save a lump of coal for him this Christmas :rotflmao:

Hope you are healing well Karl  :beerchug:
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Do you have to replace that cap every 5hrs :rotflmao: You my friend, are very creative. Nice, got to love it! :beerchug: and that Mini-Z is a sweet bike

Zing! Nice one Rich. I will be drinking the $3 of liquid when I don't need it as a plug anymore. Imagine me with more energy! Scary :-X

I'll tell Ewa StEater likes her bike :great: She'll love it:-)
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I'm actually staying at a Kawi dealership tomorrow night. Has a shop but has probably never had a Connie or Connie part. However, even my girl's Mini-Z 125 has the same gas cap as Betty. So maybe there will be something there. If not it will get a rubber plug (thanks CraZ - good idea) and an eBay replacement shipped to somewhere on the road. Mine was the old style and I'm pretty sure I screwed her on tight - but the threads have felt like they were loosening up:-/ The new one is 'sprung'....

I have firm plans for the next 8 days but then have 10 days to get home from Washington and no plan. Makes it hard to order stuff!

Canada Steve - there's a tiny vent hole just outside of the plugged hole. Good lookin out :great:

Tagara - Anywhere I have a bike waiting for me outside IS home  ;)

Thanks for the help y'all  :beerchug:



Sorry but I have to ask. How did you lose the gas hole cap?

You're 'staying at' a Kawasaki dealer? They setting up a bed for you out back or what?    ;D



I can only assume the gas cap came loose while riding - really no idea tho -

Yes - a Kawi dealer drove three hours to get me on a Sat night last year. My spark plug came out at Craters of the Moon National Park. I was fixed by 8am Sunday morning. I definitely consider this guy a friend. There's a couch in the storage room behind the dealer:-)

http://www.krehbiels.com/m/index.htm If you're ever in Aberdeen, Idaho!


Your spark plug came out? That has to be a first.
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Only Fais could have these kind of problems!   :-\ :-[ :rotflmao:

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Only Fais could have these kind of problems!   :-\ :-[ :rotflmao:

Lol - the threads wore right out of the head at 170k :o

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