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Ethanol free gas instead of fuel stabilizer for winterizing?

Aiwa

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Whoa Nelly! I deleted my post. I think I inserted way too much snark and it was interpreted as an "escalation".
I'll try again. Everyone has an opinion. My opinion is for storage to use that which gives the individual more comfort. If the use of non-ethanol gas (for storage) gives one more comfort than go for it. Personally I go the comfortable route and use the fuel that eliminates the added concern around water absorption.
 

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A couple of us read your original post. Personally, I am not offended, it just seemed harsh for such an innocent topic.

It is not like we were discussing which oil to use............ ;)
 

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For many moons I’ve used Stabil on fuel stored for any length of time. Motorcycles and campers get a full tank of fuel with Stabil, plus a battery tender. Makes bike batteries last a long time and, thus far, I’ve avoided any issues with bikes parked for a long time. Straight gas is IMHO a better option for “long term” storage. Ethanol will absorb water from the air. I don’t take any chances. With that said, I typically won’t have a bike parked for terribly long without a ride, even during the winter months. When I lived in the land of the long winter I used the same tactics-never an issue.
 

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I use ethanol free gas + Sta-bil fuel stabilizer for winterizing. Mostly just do it in late November or December when I know I will take a few month break during the really cold months. "Ethanol-free" does not really replace the function of the stabilizer, but it does help the gas absorb less moisture because the specific gravity of ethanol is similar to that of water.

For regular riding, 10% ethanol (the normal in the US) is totally fine and less expensive in most places. Avoid E15 or higher.

One thing you do not want to do is get ethanol-free, then add something like Seafoam that contains alcohol or ethanol. That just defeats the purpose of getting the more expensive gas!
 

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I use ethanol free gas + Sta-bil fuel stabilizer for winterizing. Mostly just do it in late November or December when I know I will take a few month break during the really cold months.
*Angrily shakes fist during 4+ month Atlantic Canadian winters* :p

What's "really cold" for you? WI is still pretty north...
 

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What's "really cold" for you? WI is still pretty north...
Um, I'd say I'm good to ride continuously in the 40's F, or even 35 (0-5 C). But I can handle my commute to work down to 10-15 F. It is only 5 miles and about 15-20 mins depending on traffic and timing, and I park in a heated garage at work so the bike is nice and warm for the return home. That is with winter riding gloves, heated grips at max, Under Armour balaclava mask under the helmet, a sweater or extra jacket under the winter riding jacket, etc.

Limiting factor is when the streets get icy. Madison is a very environmentally-oriented city and rarely puts down salt to protect the lakes, so if it is a nice day during the winter and the snow has melted I will take the bike out in January or Feb for a short ride.
 
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