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    Guys, I was running gas with 10% ethanol mixture (E10) and notice my bike was very hard to start. I thought it was just part of it being cold natured. However, I recently ran gasoline with no ethanol and noticed the bike started much easier. I have an '04 R*. Has anyone else experienced this? I think I'm going to just run non-ethynol gas (when I can find it) going forward.

    What is the recommended fuel additive to use if you do have to use gas containing ethanol (non-ethanol is some times hard to find)?

    (I know it's getting hot, but please remember to dress for the slide, not the ride!)

  • #2
    You know you can remove the ethanol from the gas yourself.

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    • D-Fresh
      D-Fresh commented
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      removing the ethanol lowers the octane rating also.

  • #3
    I use Star Tron in my 2009 FI Road star. I believe it improves the performance of ethanol gas

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    • #4
      Talking ethanol is almost like starting an oil or oil filter thread.

      Personally most everything from my '40's era Alliis Chalmers tractor to my '08 Road* is run on 10% blend. I've never had anything fuel related that was an issue. However, at the end of the riding season I do put non-ethanol in for the last couple of tanks I burn. Ethanol doesn't age very well (not sure any modern fuel does) so if you're getting ready to store make sure you've got a full tank and some stabilizing additive.

      BTW.... from Solon IA

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      • Flashback
        Flashback commented
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        I live in rural TN and get 100% gas pretty easy..the farm boys around here are real picky about the ethanol....... I know it is especially hard on 2 strokes...

    • #5
      Ethanol also attracts moisture that can then reside in your tank.
      2012 Road Star Silverado S

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      • #6
        I've heard it can trigger plagues, locust swarms, and make the sun burn red.


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        • #7
          From Burlington, IA.

          It's hard to find gas without at least 10% ethanol in Iowa. I believe Casey's General Store and a few of the HyVee gas stations are the only tow that sell "real" gas. I try not to run ethanol whenever possible. Mine is an '05 and I can tell the difference (drop in mileage) when I have to use ethanol. I can't find anyplace in the shop manual where it says "not" to use ethanol, but personally I try not to.

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          • #8
            I occasionally use fuel in my Roadie that has ethanol in it when I am on a trip and the tank of it will run right on through.

            Any other time of the year I run non ethanol fuel as it is widely available in this part of the southeast.

            Learned my lesson about trying to use ethanol fuel (that was stored for only a few weeks) in this humid environment when I fiddled with sailboats for a bunch of years. The 4 to 8 HP type kicker outboards used to get you out to where you could catch the wind would clog up in the tiny jets in the carbs and be real temperamental using that stuff. It was also rough on rubber parts like diaphragms, o rings etc if allowed to sit unused for an extended period of time.

            If non ethanol is available in your part of the country that would be my choice to use.

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            • #9
              Here is a site that will show where you can get non ethanol gas in the US and Canada:
              Pure-gas.org

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