Last year in October the EPA approved E15, 15% Ethanol and 85% gas, as OK to be used in 2007 and newer cars, this fuel has not been approved for use in motorcycles. So now you are going to have to have start watching the labels on the fuel pumps to make sure you are not putting the incorrect fuel into your motorcycle. If you have a classic machine this fuel can really be a problem as the engine was not designed for use with this type of fuel.
The AMA has stated “The AMA supports the use of cleaner-burning fuels, but we are concerned about premature engine damage or failure while a bike is being ridden on a highway if the allowable level of ethanol is raised to 20 percent,” said Imre Szauter, AMA legislative affairs specialist. “We are also concerned about any degradation in performance, fuel economy and rideability that may result from the long-term use of blended fuels with greater than 10 percent ethanol.”
An example of a problem noted by Motoette, the writer of the blog Motoette -in forward motion, in the post titled “Ethanol Fuel; A bio friend or foe?” wrote “Recently, I was reading about a serious and potentially dangerous problem with Ducati’s North American motorcycle polycarbonate (or plastic) fuel tanks and it grabbed my attention. Since 2005 US Ducati owners have been dealing with deformities with their fuel tanks due to a 10% addition of ethanol into US gasoline.”
2005 motorcycles having problems with ethanol based fuel imagine what damage can be done to a classic motorcycle. There is a website to help you with this problem, pure-gas.org, a website with a list of gas stations that sell ethanol-free gasoline in the U.S. and Canada. The creator of this website Sam Hokin is a motorcycle rider himself and is making the list freely available to the public. The site even offers downloadable files that can be used with a GPS or Google Earth to help you locate these gas stations. Ethanol free fuel is only a click away.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com