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My 2014 bike seems to run much smoother, with less surging, on some brands of super unleaded fuel rather than the standard unleaded. I’m led to believe that there is a requirement to put approximately 5% of ethanol in standard but only optional on super unleaded. Now it could be a coincidence but is it the ethanol affecting the quality of the fuel? Was wondering what others thoughts on this were?
 

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I guess if ethanol was required Honda would have told us about it.

In my opinion only I can't see that it's needed.
 

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Colvert, your reply is confusing? We arent adding the ethanol, it’s already in the fuel to help the environment through lowered emissions.
 

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My 2014 was a little snatchy at low rpms, like making a left turn at intersections. One gas station where I live started carrying ethanol free in 91 octane. Thought I would try it not expecting any difference. All the difference in the world. My small engines came alive, so now it goes in everything! It is pricey, but I no longer care. Goodbye corn. Your results may be different, but if you can get it where you live give it a couple of tanks.
 

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My 2014 bike seems to run much smoother, with less surging, on some brands of super unleaded fuel rather than the standard unleaded. I’m led to believe that there is a requirement to put approximately 5% of ethanol in standard but only optional on super unleaded. Now it could be a coincidence but is it the ethanol affecting the quality of the fuel? Was wondering what others thoughts on this were?
Octane rating?
 

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My 2014 was a little snatchy at low rpms, like making a left turn at intersections. One gas station where I live started carrying ethanol free in 91 octane. Thought I would try it not expecting any difference. All the difference in the world. My small engines came alive, so now it goes in everything! It is pricey, but I no longer care. Goodbye corn. Your results may be different, but if you can get it where you live give it a couple of tanks.
We have a few stations that carry non-ethanol here in NC(US). I run it in all my small engines too. Never have to drain them over the winter months. No carb build ups.
 

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We have a few stations that carry non-ethanol here in NC(US). I run it in all my small engines too. Never have to drain them over the winter months. No carb build ups.
My daughter lives in Raleigh. North Carolina reminds me of where I live in East Texas. Beautiful country there and here. Hot too! Yes my cb1000r really benefits from the ethanol free and same deal here on the small engines, just run them and leave it in there. They are now problem free. Daughter would cry if I couldn’t let her ride, now at 43 it’s NO. I’m 68. Guess she grew up, but I never will! Stay safe, but have fun!


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We have a few stations that carry non-ethanol here in NC(US). I run it in all my small engines too. Never have to drain them over the winter months. No carb build ups.
My daughter lives in Raleigh. North Carolina reminds me of where I live in East Texas. Beautiful country there and here. Hot too! Yes my cb1000r really benefits from the ethanol free and same deal here on the small engines, just run them and leave it in there. They are now problem free. Daughter would cry if I couldn’t let her ride, now at 43 it’s NO. I’m 68. Guess she grew up, but I never will! Stay safe, but have fun!


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I always try to use Shell 'V Power' but noticed that's E5 now. No getting away from it. :(
 

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Colvert, your reply is confusing? We arent adding the ethanol, it’s already in the fuel to help the environment through lowered emissions.
Read some of the above posts. They don't like ethanol in their tanks.

Don't know why my post confused you. Maybe the posts above will confuse you too. Good luck in your search. Happy biking.
 

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Read some of the above posts. They don't like ethanol in their tanks.

Don't know why my post confused you. Maybe the posts above will confuse you too. Good luck in your search. Happy biking.
I asked if others had noticed if the ethanol in fuel could be affecting the fuel quality and hence performance. Your reply suggested it wasn’t needed, which doesn’t seem relevant.
 

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Vampire has it right. You simply get less energy with ethanol.

Modern engines are tuned to tolerate ethanol, but it's still a contaminant when used in an engine built to run on gasoline, in my opinion.
 
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Vampire has it right. You simply get less energy with ethanol.

Modern engines are tuned to tolerate ethanol, but it's still a contaminant when used in an engine built to run on gasoline, in my opinion.
I truly believe the energy part as both of my motorcycles and a ton of small engines are all running better and trouble free without it, so yes in my opinion it is a contaminant also. I have been shopping for a new truck and the flex fuel ones showed the E 85 fuel mileage to be about half of what the five or 10% ethanol mileage is. Once again I’m staying corn free here! Thanks guys for the helpful posts.


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