and @Texas Roadrunner
, thank you for the replies! I was in a place with little to no cell phone signal so finally getting back to this. Here's the skinny: The day AFTER I dropped my bike in the driveway, I went to get gas. I had only done a couple of short trips to the gym (2.4 miles each way).
I had just ridden about 10 to 15 miles with a friend heading to the N GA mountains when we pulled over to gas up. When looking down into my tank, all of a sudden I saw a white plastic-looking housing that I had NEVER NOTICED BEFORE! I thought it impossible that I never noticed it before, in the 5 years I have had Scarlett!
I assumed that with the drop, I must have shaken something loose. Of course I was worried about it, but I was on my way to a 3-day N GA vacation and wasn't about to lose my non-refundable monetary investment! So I crossed my fingers, hoping for the best, and carefully rode on. When I got to the rustic resort with no cell phone signal, but with wifi, I did some gas tank schematic searches and discovered that the fuel pump is in the tank.
Since I never noticed/saw it before in my tank, I assumed I must have shaken it loose and it moved around. Maybe mounted via a clamp in the tank, and maybe a broke the clamp that held it in its proper position and it perhaps moved to where I could see it?
I met up with a very experienced motorcycle friend (has wrenched on bikes) and together we tipped Scarlett way over to the one side and shook her to see if the housing that I could see in my tank would move. It didn't budge!
So perhaps when I stopped at the "new" gas station, the light was just right for me to see the fuel pump for the first time? I'm always gassing up under overhangs where the tank is completely in shade.
I am posting a photo of what I see. Maybe others can tell me if they also see the same thing on their (non-dropped?) bikes or can confirm that it is a component that belongs exactly where I see it, and that I just NOTICED it for the first time due to completely different lighting. Based on the schematics I was able to find, it looks like the fuel pump. But the schematics I found don't show WHERE the fuel pump actually IS in the tank - it shows the fuel pump assembly broken out in the diagram, off to the side of the tank. Not freaking helpful! And I don't own the repair manual.