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Posted by roger_johnson at March 20. 2017

Hi I have read a few of the replies to my question about ethanol proof additives. Some of the replies suggest it should be OK to leave the fuel in the tank. That is not the case. The factory told me it IS BEST TO DRAIN THE TANK IF LAID UP. Sorry I suppose that will raise another issue.

So the choice seems to be to drain or find a suitable additive!

Roger

Re: Ethanol84

Posted by mark_chapman2 at March 20. 2017

Previously roger_johnson wrote:

Hi I have read a few of the replies to my question about ethanol proof additives. Some of the replies suggest it should be OK to leave the fuel in the tank. That is not the case. The factory told me it IS BEST TO DRAIN THE TANK IF LAID UP. Sorry I suppose that will raise another issue.

So the choice seems to be to drain or find a suitable additive!

Roger

Hi Roger.

Ethanol remains, in my opinion, unchartered territory. There are still pumps around offering 'Ethanol free' fuel. I try my best to use only these where feasible.

I have seen the damage Ethanol can cause to claimed Ethanol proof equipment when fuel is left in the tank/carb so I would err on the side of caution and drain if your planning to leave for long periods.

Mark. 961 mk11 sport.

  

 

Re: Ethanol84

Posted by Neil Wyatt at March 20. 2017

Spot on Mark, this applies to most bikes and standard old Norton's even more so.

Use Esso Synergy Supreme + 97 RON (Red label not blue) then you won't have a problem.

This fuel is not available in Scotland, Teeside (A wide area all the way down to Ripon inc) and Devon & Cornwall SW.

Good luck.

Re: Ethanol84

Posted by Neil Wyatt at March 20. 2017

Just one point, Roger: I think you said in your original post that you live quite away from your nearest pump E0. Draining would be the solution for long periods of lay up, a pain in the butt but safest option if using E5.

There is no certain answer as to how long E5 will keep (Shelf life) and then if the stabiliser (Eg Millers anti ethanol) will extend this life, so perhaps not a good idea to store this fuel. I can tell you from experience that E0 fuel, whether leaded or not is certainly good after two years. Gordon J has an even better experience with 4* leaded.

That's about it really.

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