Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Even gasoline without ethanol gums up if left in carburetors long enough without operation. Much less of a problem in fuel injected engines. Ethanol only attracts more moisture, and adding the label dose of stabilizer, running briefly to circulate the stabilized gas throughout the system, and topping off the tank gets it good for many weeks.
For just a few weeks, don't worry. Add the stabilizer if you think it might be longer than a month. The battery is good for at least a month without a charge unless it is weak and soon to die. When you ride it, give it a good ride where it gets up to temperature and then ridden 20 or 30 minutes more at minimum. Have fun on it!
Your friend who starts everything each week...the harm he does probably isn't significant, but if it is, let us know his excuses and what factor he blames--probably the ethanol that causes the rest of us no problem. (I just park my Honda lawn mower for much of the winter, and it starts with about 3 pulls when I get it back out in late winter. I run my portable generator under load for a pint's worth of gas once a year, run the tank dry, and drain the carb--it's ready for a black out. I run my chain saw, gas hedge trimmer, chipper, and Honda 4-stroke string trimmer out of gas and drain the tanks when I'd done with them for the year.)
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