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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Pure Gas for Winter Storage & Minimal Winter Riding--!!

I try to run non ethanol gas about all the time but sometimes you just buy what is where you are when you need gas, I have had no gas related problems so far by do just that...
One thing that I always do though is make sure I don't let my bike sit for a period of time with ethanol gas in it, this is where I make sure that I gas up with non-ethanol in the winter months...
I have never added a gas stabalizer during the winter months and never had a gas problem...
Here is a list of gas stations that have non ethanol gas, listed for your state...
http://pure-gas.org/
I think that ethanol can cause several problems especially with the not too older bikes, the VN750s included... I know we are not running marine engines, but think we could get some lesson from this from a long time & reputable marine engine Mfg., check out what they say... http://www.evinrude-parts.com/boat_e...recaution.html ...
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Bummer, not many stations near me. The closest is a 30 minute ride and only has premium. Looks like I'm stuck adding a few oz of Seafoam.

As for fuel stabilizers, I think their usage might be more related more to where you live, not the fuel used. In my former home of New England winters are long, cold and hard on unused motors and batteries. Additives definitely help (as do battery tenders). Here in Portland I ride at least once or twice a month during the winter (or lack there of). No need for additives or battery tenders here. However, I still keep a few oz of Seafoam in the tank just in case I can't get out for a few months (old habits die hard).


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Same here, closest station to me would be about a 45mins to an hr ride.

Being that I stripped out the crap tank sealer the PO used in the tank, and my tank is a little rusty inside, I'm a seafoam junkie anyway. Have been from day one.
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Living in the middle of emission control here in Dallas, there isn't a station close at all. I too am a Seafoam fanatic. Since I've gotten the bike, the 4 wheelers sit for long periods of time now. Never have a problem with them starting because of bad gas.

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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What about aviation fuel or a shop that serves up racing fuel? might be over 100 octane?

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I remember as a teenager we had a late 30s Dodge and I didn't have the $1 for gas and it was almost dead on the empty mark, but there was almost a full 5 gal. can of kerosene, so me and my buddy poured the kerosene in and threw in a handfull of moth balls and away we went for a bit of courtin, made out fine, at least with the car...lol...
Don't know how it affected the engine though... Now I just try to listen to what the engineers and engine folks say, they have finally got smarter than me, so I tend to listen now...lol...
I am not an engineer or scientist, I just posted what a lot of engineers & those that should be in the know say, and told my experience... Wasn't trying to sell gasoline as I don't have a refinery, wasn't knockin SeaFoam, nor do I do moonshine anymore... But I think Junior Johnson had it worked out...lol... So whatever flips the water off your lilly, go for it...lol...
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check with local marina, boat gas is ethanol free

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check with local marina, boat gas is ethanol free
Boat gas at the marina is ethanol free and here it is almost $6.00 a gallon.


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I remember as a teenager we had a late 30s Dodge and I didn't have the $1 for gas and it was almost dead on the empty mark, but there was almost a full 5 gal. can of kerosene, so me and my buddy poured the kerosene in and threw in a handfull of moth balls and away we went for a bit of courtin, made out fine, at least with the car...lol...
Don't know how it affected the engine though... Now I just try to listen to what the engineers and engine folks say, they have finally got smarter than me, so I tend to listen now...lol...
I am not an engineer or scientist, I just posted what a lot of engineers & those that should be in the know say, and told my experience... Wasn't trying to sell gasoline as I don't have a refinery, wasn't knockin SeaFoam, nor do I do moonshine anymore... But I think Junior Johnson had it worked out...lol... So whatever flips the water off your lilly, go for it...lol...
Hey y'all have a good one...Old Dog...


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check with local marina, boat gas is ethanol free
Or to get a better price, check gas stations near a lake or fishing area, a lot of them sell non ethanol gas to draw the boating fishing trade...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
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