Jim,Hi all, I have recently started treating my gas as I can only get ethanol blended gas where I live. I would rather not carry around a large bottle but haven't seen a cost effective small bottle alternative. Any suggestions from this august group?
This is exactly what I do. I run exclusively 87 octane with 10% ethanol. In the spring I use Berryman's cleaner.I have never "treated" gas during riding season
in 14 years of FJR ownership.
At the end of riding season, before parking the
bike for winter, I treat a full tank of gas with Stabil.
At the start of riding season, before the first ride,
I add a dose of injector cleaner.
Never had an issue.
Not really true. Isopropanol is not the same as ethanol at all. It will take care of a lot of water with no harmful effects. You can buy various strengths already premixed with water, so buy as close to 100% as you can get. Ethanol only can "disperse" ~4.5% water, after that it is overloaded = phase separation. All it takes is a few tablespoons of water in your gas tank, and when it settles to the bottom you got problems.The problem with ethanol "treatments" is that they are more of the same sort of thing as ethanol. Yes, more alcohol (not more ethanol but another alcohol) can "disperse" more water but therein lies the problem. When there is a lot of water it starts coming out of solution bringing ethanol with it. Phase separation. But adding "treatment" that keeps that water in solution forcing it through your engine is also bad..
Hi all, I have recently started treating my gas as I can only get ethanol blended gas where I live. I would rather not carry around a large bottle but haven't seen a cost effective small bottle alternative. Any suggestions from this august group?
I try to balance my fuel system maintenance based on how much the vehicle is used. I'm not a cold weather rider so the bike gets filled in the fall, sometimes, based on whether or not I plan to pull the tank for maintenance. But to your question, yes, I add fuel system cleaner like Star Tron or Berryman's to my truck in the fall b/c it's mostly just sat as the miles are added to the bike all summer.Do you treat the gas that you run in your car and/or truck as well? If the answer is no, then there is no need to treat it in your bike either. If the answer is yes, stop doing it. But seriously, the FJR will run just fine on 87 octane with 10% ethanol. I run Yamaha Ring Free Plus through a tank or two every season and at the end of the season I run a tank or two of Shell 91 (non-ethanol) and keep the tank full and put some fuel stabilizer in for winter storage.