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Hello! So I've learned the trick of filling up my own gas tank - turn the handle so that it's on top of the pet carrier, keep an eye out on the gas meter until it's close to full and then do it slowly, checking how far up the gas is on the tank.

(Clicking the handle sometimes doesn't work in some stations and I've had to clean gas off the paint too many times.)

This was all well and good in the States where I fill my own tank. But now my dad got a GTS 300 in Peru, where not only do you have someone fill your tank, but you traditionally pre-pay for gas. I guess I could ask them to fill it up and do so carefully, but that seems a hassle every time. What do you guys do?
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Re: Filling up tank in non-self-serve stations
outride wrote:
Hello! So I've learned the trick of filling up my own gas tank... But now my dad got a GTS 300 in Peru, where not only do you have someone fill your tank, but you traditionally pre-pay for gas. I guess I could ask them to fill it up and do so carefully, but that seems a hassle every time. What do you guys do?
I too live in a self-serve state, but when I was abroad (SE Asia) on a motorbike this past summer, the petrol disbursement engineers seem to know their stuff. One would think that a professional gas filler-upper would either be trained on that or figure it out over time?

Would be interested in hearing other experiences from across the globe!

EDIT: I failed to mention that in SE Asia, 90% of vehicles on the road are scooters, so I guess it makes sense there.
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I remember back when no gas stations in the US were self-service. The attendants would hand over the hose to motorcycle riders while they remained by the pump. No biker would ever allow anyone to touch their ride!
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In NJ, the attendant lets you pump the gas yourself if you have a motorcycle/scooter. He just starts the pump for you and then hands over the nozzle to the rider.
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Mopedlar wrote:
In NJ, the attendant lets you pump the gas yourself if you have a motorcycle/scooter. He just starts the pump for you and then hands over the nozzle to the rider.
This sounds like the best option. Ask the attendant nicely and explain the reason.

Then if he insists and it overflows make a fuss, make him clean it up and complain to his boss.
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We have a non self serve in the town i live in. They let me pump my own gas. No matter whose working (they have 3 attendants that work there) they all love my scooter. 8)
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Oregon is the other "no self serve" state besides NJ. In Oregon the attendant just hands the nozzle to the rider and lets you fill your own motorcycle or scooter - unless you don't want to. My guess is that anywhere, if you ask, they will let you fill your own scooter.
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I found that my GTS can have 1.75 gal of fuel as soon as the low fuel light comes on. So I calculate and prepay for exactly 1.75 gal and then there is no overflow problem regardless of who fills the tank.

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