The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already permitted a new petrol formula known as E15 which contains up to 15 % alcohol by volume level. Rarely heard of it? You’ll likely hear a lot about this this year.
E15 fuel may become a significant problem for the motorcycling local community in 2012. E15 will likely develop at a fueling stop in your town, so you must be mindful in fact, extra careful in the event you put it inside your motorcycle’s fuel tank.
2 years ago, the EPA accepted E15 to be used in 2007 models and more recent light-duty autos, including cars, light trucks, and medium commuter autos. January 2011, the EPA added light vehicles that are from 2001 to 2006 models to the approved list. Flexible gasoline motor vehicles, which are usually those specially engineered to run on gas or any mixture of approximately 85 percent ethanol, are permitted to use E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), so they can also use ethanol mixed gasoline. But, what’s important to us as bike riders are the vehicles and engines unapproved for ethanol mixed gas, which presently involves all bikes. Also over the disallowed list are autos with heavy-duty engines, like school buses, transit buses, and delivery trucks; off-road vehicles, like all-terrain vehicles, boats, and snowmobiles; small engines, like lawnmowers and chain saws; and all cars over 2001.
The problem is that E15 burns hotter than conventional fuel that contains a lower level of ethanol. In motor engines not built to absorb that additional heat, problems such as rapid wear could possibly be the consequence. Although this is an issue for most motorcycle drivers, it is problematic for air-cooled motor engines. When you consider all things in your car port, storage shed, and basement that runs on gasoline, you’ll probably find you have more E15 non-approved vehicles and engines than approved ones. To confirm if an engine shouldn’t use E15, evaluate the owner’s handbook for anything you own that runs on gasoline. When you check the fuel requirements it’s most likely that you will discover a statement implying you should use only petrol not having more than 10 % ethanol by volume or you’ll void the warranty.
Observe this concern and become a knowledgeable consumer. A person with a financial desire for ethanol will be brief to suggest we’ve got nothing to be worried about. Don’t take his word for it; read the details and determine for yourself.
Lastly, getting in contact with your federal elected authorities to express your individual experiences with ethanol in fuel is an excellent way to impact their position over the concern.
So what’s the final outcome on E15 for riders? At this point, you can not utilize it in your motorcycle without taking a chance on problems with your engine. Even when E15 is gradually approved for usage in newer motorbikes, pay attention to your maker’s manual so that you don’t void your bikes warranty.
To assure about your safe keeping, don’t forget to replace only premium quality components for your Harleys like tires, cabling, z bars, harley grips, and a lot more. Cheap less-than-perfect quality products can put you in danger.