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May 2nd 2016, 03:53 AM   #1
 Bill98579's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  98579

  Aprilia
Welp, there goes my fav place for ethanol free gas.

Just saw on Facebook that the Cenex in Chehalis was on fire.
May 2nd 2016, 07:44 AM   #2
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

That sucks! I have a non ethanol station about a half mile from my house. If it closed I would be very very sad...
May 2nd 2016, 08:09 AM   #3
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
How can you tell if a station is non-ethanol?
May 2nd 2016, 08:44 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  '10 SF1098S
Quote:
Originally Posted by albatrosscafe
How can you tell if a station is non-ethanol?
Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada has a pretty good list.

Otherwise, some stations will have it marked right at the pump.
May 2nd 2016, 10:18 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
The town that I live in is only 7,000 population yet has three stations that sell no corn gas. Two of them that's they only kind they sell.

I can say that performance wise that I really cannot tell the difference between the corn fed and the corn free stuff, but I do feel better about running the corn free in in my vehicles. I sure do.
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May 2nd 2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  '10 SF1098S
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
The town that I live in is only 7,000 population yet has three stations that sell no corn gas. Two of them that's they only kind they sell.

I can say that performance wise that I really cannot tell the difference between the corn fed and the corn free stuff, but I do feel better about running the corn free in in my vehicles. I sure do.
It's not so much a performance thing but a mental thing. Personal preference for me!
May 2nd 2016, 10:53 AM   #7
 motoroco's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2015 Versys 650
It certainly is a performance thing with some thumpers. My S40 is much more responsive and runs much better when the tank is getting low while running off of ethanol free.

The larger bikes I've ridding don't seem to care... but I put in ethanol free because it's convenient enough and I know I won't have troubles with it from the station I go to.
May 2nd 2016, 11:04 AM   #8
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

I am going to be bummed when they start construction on the Fast Fuel station in downtown Olympia. Thankfully they have a second location kind of near by.

Ethanol free is more about not drawing water out of the air and making the fuel go bad in a month. Also not corroding the carbs and drying out rubber is a nice feature of real gas. The added MPG is just a nice side benefit.
May 2nd 2016, 05:33 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Triumph Street Twin
Couple of times I fueled my Street Twin in Spirit Gas ethanol-free station in Ballard, it would die on idle when cold. Going back to Chevron eliminated the problem. FWIW.

Edited by liberpolly on May 2nd 2016 at 10:43 PM
May 2nd 2016, 06:35 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  98579

  Aprilia
My bike has a nylon tank, and it swells if I fill with ethanol.
May 2nd 2016, 09:22 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Ethanol

I get better mpg and better performance without the high-fructose corn syrup.

Ethanol sucks.
May 3rd 2016, 06:35 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by ridethepiggy
It's not so much a performance thing but a mental thing. Personal preference for me!
Hmmm. Science does not agree with you. It takes more alcohol to get the same power. You WILL use less fuel with non ethanol fuel. It will not be huge but it is there. Old carbureted engines SHOULD run leaner as well if they were tuned for non ethanol fuel or leaded gas.
May 3rd 2016, 07:02 AM   #13
 ridethepiggy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  '10 SF1098S
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parilla125
Hmmm. Science does not agree with you. It takes more alcohol to get the same power. You WILL use less fuel with non ethanol fuel. It will not be huge but it is there. Old carbureted engines SHOULD run leaner as well if they were tuned for non ethanol fuel or leaded gas.
Oh, I meant, I didn't do it for any performance reasons but rather as a personal choice.
Sep 2nd 2017, 11:10 PM   #14
 IBEROMOTO's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Tumwater

THERE ARE LOTS OF ETHANOL FREE PLACES AND CENEX IS STILL IN OPERATION

TRY THIS SITE AND ENJOY - THEY ALSO HAVE A SMART PHONE APP - HAPPY FUELING!!

https://www.pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=WA

Edited by IBEROMOTO on Sep 2nd 2017 at 11:14 PM
Sep 3rd 2017, 05:06 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
My DR650 is carbureted. Intake, carburetor and exhaust are all modified. No question it runs better on Non-Ethanol gas. My Buells have tuned fuel & timing maps, K&N air filter and modified exhaust. Non-Ethanol fuel doesn't seem to make much of a difference.

Most Non-Ethanol gas seems to be not Top Tier, (Cenex is an exception). If you run non top tier fuel on an F.I. bike you should probably add a few ounces of injector cleaner every or every other fill up. Not an issue with carburetors.
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