Many riders take their motorbikes off the road for winter but this year they need to take extra care when storing it to avoid potential problems.
The advice is to leave metal tanks full of petrol to help prevent rust forming inside. Plastic fuel tanks should be drained as petrol can deform their shape.
With the launch of E10 standard unleaded petrol, which contains up to 10% ethanol, it advisable to take a couple more maintenance measures.
Ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning it attracts water from the atmosphere. It makes E10 fuel more corrosive to engine components.
Petrol left in the tank also deteriorates and E10 petrol will go off more quickly.
So it is even more important to add a fuel stabiliser to help prevent the fuel going stale quickly, potentially causing starting problems.
As well as fuel stabilisers, we now also sell Putoline E10 Fuel Fighter which was developed to protect the fuel system against the harmful effects of E10 fuels. The fuel additive is said to:
If you are storing your bike off road for winter, general manager Dave Forster also advises filling the tank with higher-octane super unleaded petrol. That remains E5, so only 5% ethanol, but you should still add fuel stabiliser. Super unleaded petrol costs a few pence more a litre but it will only be one tankful.
Other over-wintering tips for your motorbike include:
Visit our parts department or online shop at orwell.co.uk/shop/parts-and-accessories/oils-and-lubricants to see our range of cleaning and maintenance products.