My bike had a dead battery, I couldn't find the charger and didn't feel like buying a new one, so I tried bump-starting it on my driveway. The engine turned over a bit but it didn't start. So I tried bumping it on the hill at the end of my street. That didn't work either. I knocked on my neighbour's door to use the phone, and he dumped the bike over on its side. I got my boyfriend and his friend to help me push it back up the hill, and in our collective effort, we dropped it yet again, this time hard enough to crack a mirror.
I hadn't done enough to the poor bike yet, so after a friend suggested that the bike might start more easily with the petcock in prime position, I went and fiddled with it. It didn't start, and I stupidly left it in prime, for five days. The next time we looked at the bike, it was wallowing in a puddle of gasoline. I felt like smacking myself. We put it off prime and waited before eventually bump-starting it again. This time we actually got it to run - but only for a few seconds at a time. Every time it started, it began pissing gasoline from god knows where for a few minutes, or until put into neutral, then it would stop leaking. It didn't really drip on its own, and if the bump-start failed, the leaking wouldn't start.
So in summary, start = pissing gasoline, no start = no leak. Start + put back in neutral = stops leaking. There's something in the gas too... it's really dark, like there's dirty oil mixed into it. We can't see exactly where it's dripping from. Those few moments where it ran, it sounded perfect. Nothing other than the mirror was broken or bent from the drops. It only leaks while running, and while in gear.
The bike is an '89 FJ600. Any thoughts?
p.s. - When I say PISSING, I mean in five or six bump-starts, the tank was nearly emptied. It was a lot of gas.