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theirs a gas station nearby that sells gas with out the 10% ethanol (corn syrup IMO) Is this good to go for victories, or do you have to run it? the manual says it's save to run, but not mandatory

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theirs a gas station nearby that sells gas with out the 10% ethanol (corn syrup IMO) Is this good to go for victories, or do you have to run it? the manual says it's save to run, but not mandatory
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In a lot of places it is almost impossible to find straight gas so you pretty much do what you have to do or push your bike. 10-15% ethanol is good for making a few more HP (example: 2009 Titan makes 300 hp on gas and 320 hp on E85) but you fuel mileage suffers. I average 200 per tank on my XR with straight gas and lose about 15-20 miles with 10% ethanol.

Unfortunatly even though E85 is counter productive (I.e. costs more to make than straight gas) it is here to stay because it does effectively decrease exhaust emissions.

As far as your bike goe it is should be E85 compatible because all vehicles are supposed to be capable of running flex fuel. Ethanol is more corrosive than straight gas so it is tough on fuel lines and on some fuel pump components so the only difference between flex fuel vehicle and non flex fuel vehicles is the materials in the fuel pumps and the fuel lines.

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E85 is 85% ethanol. Not good for our bikes. 10% ethanol is the max you want to run in todays bikes.

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Ammo, I think you erred on that one, ol' buddy. I will count the ways....
Paragraph 1. How can a fuel that has 1/3 less BTUs than gasoline, produce more power? That's why your fuel mileage goes down when ethanol is added, because it has less energy.
Paragraph 2. When ethanol was introduced, most vehicles had carburetors and the addition of ethanol to the gasoline helped to clean up those exhausts. I dare say that, with today's electronics, ethanol is no longer required to do that job. It's here to stay because of politics and no other reason, as it can not live up to any of the promises, except to make the producers and transporters of it richer with our tax subsidies.
Paragraph 3. Really?

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Thumbs down I have used E85

I used E85 just to test and thought I had trashed my motor. Do not use this shit as it will do much harm over a period of time.

When I tested it and my engine would not "get-up and go" I drained it out and filled up with 93 octane BP(previously Ammoco)

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theirs a gas station nearby that sells gas with out the 10% ethanol (corn syrup IMO) Is this good to go for victories, or do you have to run it? the manual says it's save to run, but not mandatory
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of vehicle owners that doubt / question what's in their owners' manuals. Did they never stop to think that the very people that labored years to produce that vehicle know best what it requires and put it in the manual so you won't abort their efforts? A recent thread about engine break-in comes to mind. Guess who has to stand the gaff when you take your broken toy back to the shop to get it repaired under warranty?

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Ricz the info could be flawed or could be hype as it comes from the owners manual of my truck and data promoting ethanol. Both say increased hp and decreased fuel mileage.

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I don't need other's folks SARCASTIC comments. The Victory warranty is worthless to me as I work on my own bike and my local dealer is not worth a shit. I would never take my bike to the Victory dealers in Atlanta as they only tear-up engines. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED I DID NOT SPECIFY WHAT TYPE OF MOTOR I PUT THE E85 INTO. Anyway I'm done with this and do agree that putting corn into your bike, boat, or car is very bad.

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It never ceases to amaze me the amount of vehicle owners that doubt / question what's in their owners' manuals. Did they never stop to think that the very people that labored years to produce that vehicle know best what it requires and put it in the manual so you won't abort their efforts? A recent thread about engine break-in comes to mind. Guess who has to stand the gaff when you take your broken toy back to the shop to get it repaired under warranty?

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