Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I am talking here about the two hoses you can see, just under the plastic, top left corner as you replace your oil filler cap.
Noticed a stain had been increasing, wiped finger on the hose and detected petrol. Fortunately I did no more.
Got home and applied a pair of long nose pliars to the hose. Damn thing fell apart. This is a quick release connector for the two hoses, petrol in, and return.
Rang my trusty service man. "It is broken isnt it? I have spares."
He tells me that he now replaces the MALE connector as a matter of course every time a K bike comes in. Should be subject to a recall, but it is not. THEY WILL fail you, and not when you are coasting into the garage, but when you are miles from any where and the sun is going down.
If you have a look at the pissy little plastic pipe that is involved, then obviously it has to break. Replacement is metal. My service man tells me age and vibration will do it for sure, my bike is a Dec 2003 model.
I earnestly recommend you dont leave home without one. Metal replacement part that is.
Oh. And it is easiest done before the thing breaks leaving a part inside the rubber. You will see a little metal tab on top. That is the female. Press the tab and pull the connector out. You now have the male on your right. That is the one to replace. Price? Forget the notes, use your card.