Updated: Feb 2, 2020
Nowadays, every gas station has opted-in to including ethanol in their gasoline as a supplement. Ethanol is an alcohol that is derived from plants (corn). This modern fuel is cheap and renewable, but it is also killing your motorcycle engine. There are several reasons why you should opt-out of using fuels that contain ethanol.
Here are a few:
- Ethanol is an alcohol that burns way different than your regular petroleum-based gasoline. burning ethanol mixed fuels causes engines to overheat and the rubbers inside your fuel system, carburetor and engine to dry out and crack.
- Ethanol is a water magnet. If you were to store your bike with an ethanol mixture in the tank, the bottom of your tank would become pure water. When you go to turn on your bike in the spring, your motorcycle will siphon all the water into the engine. We all know what water does to engines!
- Ethanol will also create huge issues with the materials that your carburetor is made out of. Are you ready for corrosion and blockage in your carb? I hope not.
- Ethanol evaporates differently. As a result, your bike will have to have modified tuning if you opt to use ethanol in your engine.
Here are a few tips to avoid that pesky alcohol:
All Canada: Shell V-Power 91, Canadian Tire 91, Esso 91 Atlantic Canada: Irving Fuels premium Western Canada: CO-OP premium Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island: all unleaded gas Ontario: Costco 91 British Columbia: Chevron 94
You can hear the engine running differently when you use this gas versus fuels from other stations.
- Whenever you go to the gas station, try to find the pumps that only run Ethanol-free gas in them. Sometimes they share with the inferior gasoline which stays in the tubing and gets pumped up into your gas tank.
- Line up behind a luxury car (Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes and the like). Ask the driver if he will be pumping premium gasoline. This technique will guarantee that not ethanol is staying in the pump lines.
- Marinas almost always have ethanol free gasoline, bit be prepared to pay a high premium for that fuel.
- If you own a newer model bike, most modern engines are designed to run on ethanol. Always follow the manufacturer's recomendations.
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