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The Eternal E10 Fuel Debate - Harley’s View

26
June
2009
  Posted at 09:00:00 AM
  File under  Ecology Harley-Davidson Buell
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

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It's starting to look like there are two camps in the E10E10, sometimes called gasohol, is a fuel mixture of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline that can be used in the internal combustion engines of most modern automobiles and light-duty vehicles without need for any modification on the engine or fuel system.

E10 blends are typically rated as 2 to 3 octane higher than regular gasoline and are approved for use in all new US automobiles, and are mandated in some areas for emissions and other reasons.[18] The E10 blend and lower ethanol content mixtures have been used in several countries, and its use has been primarily driven by the several world energy crises that have taken place since the 1973 oil crisis.
bio-fuel debate. On one side there's Yamaha and Kawasaki who have stated that you should not put the bio-fuel E10 into your motorcycle gas tank.

On the other side we now have Harley-Davidson & Buell who are agreeing with Honda, that it's fine to do so. But.... only for injection models, and even then, you'll find some performances are not that good, like unstable slow riding and fuel richness being more sensitive to temperature.

Harley do warn their motorcycle owners not to leave the E10 fuel in the fuel tank for too long, since it's more unstable than normal 95 RON fuel.

If you listen to the "go for it camp", you still are going not to do it. Who wants to put a fuel in the tank which is going to give you performance issues, and will clog up your fuel leads if you leave the bike in the garage during the winter.

Considering that many ecologists are now saying that the E10 fuel not only pollutes as much as normal fuel, but possibly pollutes more since it costs more energy to produce, I think the E10 is going to be short-lived.

Via: Moto Magazine (FR)



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