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post #1 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 02:16 PM
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Ethanol in Gas = Surging?

When I called the dealer to ask about the surging issue I have with my dl650, he told me that it could be caused by the larger amounts of ethanol some of the cheaper gas stations use. He said it may not affect cars, but would bikes. Sound correct? Guessing I'll still need a TBS.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 02:53 PM
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Sounds like a typical dealer excuse!!!!!! :roll: Guess time will tell if Ethanol really does cause issues. But.....dealers like to blame the "nature" or "character" of a bike, for its issues!

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10% is the maximun allowed except for E85. I can't get anything but the up to 10% mix being in Chicagoland. It isn't a problem.

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While on my big trip in Canada, I didn't have any problems with 10% ethanol in the fuel at all.

I've read several other reports of people not having problems either, as well as the manual stating that up to 10% is okay for the engine.

I would keep on it until you get the issue resolved.

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When I purchased my DL1000K6 last month, the head mechanic told me to use premium gas because of the 10% ethanol gas being sold in the Dallas area. On my first fill-up, I put in mid-grade. Still deciding for my second gas run to put in 89 or 93.
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In Australia I have been running 10% Ethanol on my K6 for 14.000k now and not a single problem, in fact if anything my fuel consumption is slightly better.

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