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Old 09-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Fuel treatments?

Thought I would post here, posted in another forum specific to my bike a Versys. Have not got alot of responce.

I have some Lucas fuel treatment, that I run in my Hemi in the winter months.
It says that it helps keep fuel injectors clean, and conditions the fuel (Whatever that means)

Just wondering with winter coming on (I plan on riding through the winter months, not just storing it) if it would be alright to put some in my V?
Has anyone else used it?
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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Dunno about the Lucas stuff, but many have reported good results on storing fuel with Stabil fuel stabilizer or SeaFoam additive added. Do it with a fresh full tank of fuel, and make sure to run the bike long enough to circulate the treated fuel throughout the system. An oil change right before storage is a good idea too, and don't start the bike up until spring and its gonna be ridden regularly (short startups cause condensation in the engine). Good idea to but the battery on a battery tender as well. Don't get the cheap ones, they'll boil your battery dry. The genuine DelTran tender is a great product, I own 5 of em

Edit: missed the bit about you not storing it, oops.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
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With the exception of Techron......all HOGWASH. Up there with "stabilizing" the oil
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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With the exception of Techron......all HOGWASH. Up there with "stabilizing" the oil
You don't think Stabil works?
Additives in winter fuel are probably not necessary though.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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Stabil marine works great all the time, my cars and bikes get a dose of it often.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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With the exception of Techron......all HOGWASH. Up there with "stabilizing" the oil

Fuel stablizers are genuine products that work very well if you use them correctly. Most treatments claiming to much else are, as you say, hogwash.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:38 AM   #7
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I have no empirical data but Seafoam fuel additive has worked for me over the years.
I use it all winter and on and off during the summer.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:27 AM   #8
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Two-cycle oil works pretty well as a gas stabilizer also.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #9
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ethanol in fuel? if so....yes if you let it sit for weeks

otherwise not necessary if you use top tier brands with techron, etc
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:49 PM   #10
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ethanol in fuel? if so....yes if you let it sit for weeks

otherwise not necessary if you use top tier brands with techron, etc
I let my bikes sit for months with California gas. No additives, no issues.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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Just wondering with winter coming on (I plan on riding through the winter months, not just storing it) if it would be alright to put some in my V?
Save your money and just keep riding during the winter months.

The money you would spend on some of the snake oils will off-set the rising price of gas.

As was mentioned earlier, try to find stations that carry Top Tier gas if it is convenient.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:12 AM   #12
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I once stopped at a Shell station and asked the tanker driver about the supposed "Top-Tier" Nitrogen Enhanced additive package. He laughed and said, "The additive package is often not in stock so the Shell fuel is the same as the crap sold at QuickyMart or anywhere else." Another feel good theory shot in the butt. I buy my fuel at the ONLY vendor in my county who still peddles pure gas, with no ethanol blending. Called the parent company, Tesoro, to confirm this fact too. My current snake oil additive is Star-Tron bought at Amazon. 32 ounces treats 512 gallons making it more cost effective than other products and it doesn't contain alcohol like the much loved SeaFoam.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:46 AM   #13
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By all means take the advice of a truck driver for choosing how to care for your bike.

I have used Top Tier gasoline in my Aprilia Tuono as much as possible. Sometimes ya gotta use what is available. My intake valves are free of deposits at over 90K miles and has yet to need a valve adjustment. The bike also sat for almost 6 months last year with a full tank of 10% ethanol fuel and yet fired right up when needed.

As far as additives for fuel Startron works well. It's not a chemical solution but organic. There are enzymes in it which attach themselves to the alcohol and allow emulsification. Which prohibits it's separation from the fuel and makes it possible to be burned off. While it's not designed for storage it will allow a couple months sitting w/o problems come springtime. BTW it (Startron) comes highly recommended by a chemist who works for BG Products who is a customer.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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Prior to my conversation with that fuel delivery driver I always bought Shell or Chevron. Then all the stations switched over to ethanol except the one owned by Tesoro. I'll give up the supposed "Top Tier" rating in exchange for Pure Gas. I do everything in my power to keep ethanol "enhanced" fuel out of my plastic tanks on my '06 Speed Triple, '06 MV Agusta 910R Gladio SP13, '07 Tuono, '07 Bimota DB6 Delirio, and '08 KTM SuperDuke. The other nine bikes have metal tanks but I still try hard to keep ethanol out of their fuel systems too.
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