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Does premium fuel give bikes a boost?

Using a premium fuel with a higher octane than specified by the motorcycle manufacturer will not improve engine power or economy, RACQ technical officer Steve Spalding advises. He says the energy content of fuel is the same no matter what octane rating it has. “We see a lot of claims made about using premium fuels …

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Do you really need a bigger fuel tank?

Some adventure bikes are big and heavy enough already, so adding a larger fuel tank seems an unnecessary addition of weight. Do you really need up to 500km of range when service stations are a maximum of about 250-300km apart even in the remote outback? It’s also extra weight right over the front wheel; just …

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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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How accurate are motorcycle fuel gauges?

Why are some fuel gauges and fuel-range indicators sometimes so inaccurate they leave riders stranded with an empty tank far from a service station? In fact, often the more hi-tech, sophisticated and expensive machinery can have the most fickle fuel gauges. Common errors The most common error is that the fuel gauge and/or range-to-empty indicator …

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Rookie error: running out of fuel!

Before modern bikes introduced fuel warning lights, fuel gauges and precise computer readouts for fuel consumption and range to empty, running out of fuel was a common occurrence. The bike would momentarily lose power and you would reach down with your left hand and fiddle for the fuel tap to switch it to reserve, then …

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Motorists gouged on petrol prices

The only good news from the “Great Fall of China” in Monday’s stock markets is that petrol prices should start to drop, which is even more reason to go riding! China is the second-largest consumer of oil after America, so the 9% market crash has also sent oil prices plummeting up to 6% to new seven-year …

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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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How to correctly fill your motorcycle tank

Are you overfilling your motorcycle tank, wasting money and putting your life in danger? Watch this video and check out these safety and money-saving tips. This video provides a graphic explanation for why you should never fill your bike while you are sitting on it. In this case, the rider on the KTM 200 Duke …

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