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President Trump E15 fuel pledge riles riders

President Donald Trump says his is “getting very close” to approving a waiver to allow 15% ethanol fuel blends (E15) to be sold year-round. The American Motorcyclist Association is furious. It says it is illegal to use fuel containing more than 10% ethanol in motorcycles and ATVs. They say ethanol can damage fuel systems and …

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Rider group calls to stop ethanol fuel push

Governments are continuing to push ethanol fuel on the market, despite the fact that it can damage motorcycle engines. In Australia, Queensland and NSW force service stations to supply a certain percentage of E10 (10% ethanol blend) fuel. In the US, there are moves to push that blend from 10% to 15%. The American Motorcyclist …

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New state mandate for ‘bad’ ethanol

Queensland is the latest to mandate a certain percentage of fuel sales as bio-fuels, even though they are bad for most motorcycles and scooters. From January 1, 2017, Queensland will require fuel retailers to ensure 3% of their petrol sales each quarter is biofuel-based. It follows a similar mandate in NSW.  While no one is forcing any …

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Fighting dirty fuel in your motorcycle

Is dirty fuel affecting your bike? Just how good is the fuel you are putting in your bike? Is it contaminated, is it the correct octane rating? Who’s checking? What damage could it do to your bike? So many worrying questions.A friend of mine put fuel in his Honda Fireblade at an outer-suburbs service station and …

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‘Bad’ ethanol forced on motorcycles

Governments are continuing to push ethanol in fuel, despite it not being suitable for most motorcycles and the US Environmental Protection Agency calling for a cutback in its availability. The latest government to consider an ethanol mandate is Queensland which has shown bipartisan support in the erroneous notion it is good for the environment and …

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Wild Hog diesel rides on bacon-power

In a promotion for an American bacon producer, a diesel motorcycle has been specially adapted to ride on bacon fat. This “Wild Hog” is based on the rare Track T800 CDI motorcycle from Dutch company EVA Products which is powered by an 800cc three-cylinder diesel engine. It has been modified to run on 100% biodiesel …

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Ethanol: Is it suitable for motorcycles?

Americans are crazy about ethanol. Most of their fuel seems to have at least 10% ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association will have a huge presence at next weekend’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the largest in the world. They will be providing free ethanol giveaways and free T-shirts at the 2014 Sturgis Buffalo Chip bar at …

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Steer clear of ethanol in motorcycles

MotorbikeWriter has frequently suggested riders steer clear of using ethanol fuel in their motorcycles and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agrees that it can damage motorcycle engines. The US agency says ethanol-blended fuels increase exhaust temperatures which can cause component failure. It has proposed a cutback in its availability. Ethanol is a type of alcohol produced by …

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Dob in bad servos

It may be the last thing the Australian Labor government does, but it is one of their best moves. Service stations are now no longer allowed to advertise the discount price of fuel. Three cheers for Fair Trading Minister Anthony Albanese (a politician who also recognises the value of motorcycles to easing traffic and parking …

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Is ethanol suitable for motorcycles?

Most motorcycle riders should steer away from ethanol-blended fuels, at least in the long term. Ethanol is a type of alcohol produced by fermentation of sugarcane or grain. In Australia, ethanol content in unleaded fuel is limited to 10% (E10) but some countries use 85% or even higher. E10 is becoming more prevalent throughout Australian …

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