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post #1 of 17 Old 07-20-2016, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Here in Oregon, most of our gas is 10% ethanol.

Non-ethanol gas is available but it is almost always premium.

This to me is worth the extra money for 3 reasons.

1) It improves your gas mileage. Alcohol has a stoichiometric A/F ratio that's half that of gasoline. Since you have 10% alcohol in there, that means a 5% reduction in fuel economy.

2) Alcohol absorbs moisture. Obviously if you're in an area with lots of humidity and your bike sits, corrosion of the fuel system can become a problem.

3) The extra octane is insurance. If your engine overheats or has other problems, that extra octane will delay and lessen the severity of pinging while your limp you bike to a place you can stop.

Since I'm getting almost 60 miles to the gallon, the extra cost isn't that noticeable.

The increase in fuel economy saved my ass today as I took a risky move in not stopping for gas on my way back home from Eugene (did a whole round trip without gassing up). I coasted into Sisters after having ridden 330 miles. I don't think I could've ridden that far on 10% Ethanol gas.
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The 10% is a national mess, The corn industry has put so much money on the pocket so the elected they pass the mistake on to us. All of the auto makers testified it would ruin the engines. Money talks.
Just be mindful of the pump when you fill up.
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Nice to have a choice. In Illinois we don't.
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Here in Texas they are starting to sell non-ethanol gas in Wal-Marts. Of course none of these are anywhere near me.
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Bought new chain saw month ago and they will not honor a engine realated warranty when using ethanol fuel.
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Here in Oregon, most of our gas is 10% ethanol.

Non-ethanol gas is available but it is almost always premium.

This to me is worth the extra money for 3 reasons.

1) It improves your gas mileage. Alcohol has a stoichiometric A/F ratio that's half that of gasoline. Since you have 10% alcohol in there, that means a 5% reduction in fuel economy.

2) Alcohol absorbs moisture. Obviously if you're in an area with lots of humidity and your bike sits, corrosion of the fuel system can become a problem.

3) The extra octane is insurance. If your engine overheats or has other problems, that extra octane will delay and lessen the severity of pinging while your limp you bike to a place you can stop.

Since I'm getting almost 60 miles to the gallon, the extra cost isn't that noticeable.

The increase in fuel economy saved my ass today as I took a risky move in not stopping for gas on my way back home from Eugene (did a whole round trip without gassing up). I coasted into Sisters after having ridden 330 miles. I don't think I could've ridden that far on 10% Ethanol gas.
thanks for the info, will have to try this
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just ethanol available here. haven't had any issues with my vehicles though they are likely designed for it. did have a fuel line on my lawn mower disintegrate though.

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The 10% is a national mess, The corn industry has put so much money on the pocket so the elected they pass the mistake on to us. All of the auto makers testified it would ruin the engines. Money talks.
Just be mindful of the pump when you fill up.
Yep. Anytime there's a messed up situation here in the US, just go looking for the lobbyists.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-21-2016, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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just ethanol available here. haven't had any issues with my vehicles though they are likely designed for it. did have a fuel line on my lawn mower disintegrate though.
Luckily, you're in a fairly dry area.

Maybe that's why they decided to put Erick Schat's Bakkery there. ;-D
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Am lucky that we have relatively low cost ethanol-free gas in the mountains of NC. My bike has had only a few tanks of regular in it. Ethanol is toxic for engines in the long term. If the US Presidential primaries did not start in IOWA, ethanol would not exist. It makes no sense from a total environmental point of view or from an engineering point of view. Now they want to jack up the percentage even higher. No logic, just lobbyists.
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