Fuel Stabilizer

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I have taken to adding this to me fuel in my bikes,not had an issue yet.
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I see that there is a STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer (Storage) bottle lurking in the background and Muc-Off!

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David. wrote: I see that there is a STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer (Storage) bottle lurking in the background and Muc-Off!

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You got some eyes😂😂


The sta-bil was whats left for me genie.
I have a verity of oils and the like,run a GSX1250 as me work bike(all year)GSF1250 as me hooligan bike and then the BMW.All horses for courses that require different lubrication.
And i have no issue what so ever with MuckOff👍
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STA-BIL 360 Protection looks like a good option for both infrequent use of a vehicle and storage. Based on current usage, a full tank of fuel in the car could last 3 to 4 months. The longest the RT will be stood for is 5 months. The XJ650 has continued to be used but may soon be stood for a period of time. STA-BIL 360 claims to keep fuel fresh for up to 12 months, cleans the fuel system and prevents corrosion caused by ethanol. This one product may just be the answer for my car and both bikes.

STA-BIL (UK) are expecting a delivery from the US this week, STA-BIL 360° Protection Ethanol Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer (2 Sizes)

296ml size = £10 + £3 P&P.
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(50 US Gallons = 190 Litres).
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Not in my RT, but in all of my other bikes and my Generator, I have a fuel diamond in the tank.


[size=2px]https://abtoolsonline.com/fuel-diamond- ... fuel-tank/[/size]
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Sullivj wrote:Not in my RT.
Why not?
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Because I use it more than the others, so the fuel doesn't go 'stale'
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David. wrote:STA-BIL (UK) are expecting a delivery from the US this week, STA-BIL 360° Protection Ethanol Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer (2 Sizes)
Now in stock, decided to give it a go.
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STA-BIL 360 Protection now added to a full tank of fuel in the car and XJ650.

Will keep the Motorex stuff to use in the RT next year.

BMW recommend Power Max Fuel Stabilizer for £25, https://www.bowkermotorgroup.co.uk/bmw-motorrad/fuel-stabilizer
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I found this online, a fuel stabiliser test by FortNine that makes  interesting viewing -


Can Fuel Stabilizer Kill Your Motorcycle? Comparison Test


https://youtu.be/chsGBhB5g7o
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Thanks for posting interesting indeed. So probably best to fill bike with 98 premium if storing. Must admit it one reason I don't SORN my bikes over winter. Don't use them as much as I used too but do try to go for a ride once a month if I can. However I might put 98 in the tanks next time I fill up over the winter period, then back to the cheapest shit for the summer. :)
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Just to add to this if you have an older bike with metal tank and carbs then I think the best solution for storage is to drain the fuel completely.
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The 1980 Yamaha XJ650 Owner's Manual does indeed recommend to drain fuel tank, fuel lines and carburetor float bowls.
As the bike is now RFT free, I've taken to using a fuel stabilizer, meaning if we get some nice days, it's readily available for use.

An interesting shift by BMW, the 2021 RT Rider's Manual recommends when laying up the motorcycle, "fill the fuel tank".

The 2012 RT Rider's Manual does not mention the fuel tank, all other laying up advice remains the same.
As the bike is deliberately laid up for 5 months, it gets a fuel tank of fuel + fuel stabilizer.

After each ride, both my bikes are always put away with a full tank of fuel (E5) ready for next time out.
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I’ve watched a number of FortNine’s videos over time, they appear (to my eye at least) to be sensible, logical, informative  and entertaining.


He’s also done tests on the various types of bike batteries, that also being a subject that regularly graces our pages.


https://youtube.com/watch?v=3ywopGAXP-I&feature=share
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