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How Does E10 Fuel Affect Classic Motorcycles?
From September 2021, E10 replaced E5 as the standard fuel available in the UK. What does this mean and how will it affect your motorcycle?
What is E10 Fuel?
Simply put, E10 fuel is 10% ethanol. The outgoing E5 fuel is 5% ethanol.
What is Ethanol?
Ethanol as a fuel is considered to be a cleaner fuel as it is an alcohol derived crop such as grains and sugarbeets. As crops remove carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, they are considered to be carbon neutral.
Why is E10 replacing E5?
The government believe that a move from E5 to E10 is the equivalent of removing 350,000 vehicles from the road. Our increasing carbon emissions are blamed for accelerating Climate Change, which is the main factor in the widely acknowledged Climate Crisis. The way to tackle this is to reduce our carbon emissions. This can be done by offsetting our carbon footprint and a move to E10 fuels reduces a vehicles carbon footprint. Whether you agree with the methods or not, E10 is here and it isn’t going away anytime soon.
So, if E10 fuel is better for the environment what’s all the fuss about?
Ethanol is hygroscopic meaning that it absorbs water from the air. As the water condenses it starts to corrode metals in fuel tanks, fuel lines and carbs and injectors. Pretty much anywhere the fuel goes. It is also a fairly potent solvent and eats through rubber, plastic and fibreglass meaning that seals and hoses perish at a much faster rate. It can also be pretty nasty if you get it on your paintwork. We have already seen an example of an E10 fuel leak eating through the paint on engine casings meaning we had to get them refinished.
That sounds scary! What can I do about it?
It might sound like something from a dystopian sci-fi flick but it isn’t all bad. Firstly, you can still buy E5 fuel from most pumps. This will usually be badged as Super Unleaded (e.g. V-Power, Tesco Momentum etc). E5 fuel isn’t going away anytime soon but it will go eventually, so what else can you do to protect your bike?
For some owners, the expense of replacing vulnerable parts will be well worth the investment. Replacing fuel lines, seals, carb parts and even fibreglass fuel tanks with E10 resistant materials isn’t cheap but it means peace of mind for the mid-term future.
If you would rather keep your bike as it is then petrol additives such as stabilisers can help neutralise the effects of E10 fuel. If you would like to talk to us more about what we can do to help protect your motorcycle, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
About Hell’s Bells Classic Motorcycles
If you are looking for a dealer with specialist knowledge of classic motorcycles for sale, then you have come to exactly the right place. We are proud to offer the best bikes from all over the world in our region. Our team of knowledgeable enthusiasts all ride and are always on hand to give you the best possible advice with no pressure and support throughout your motorcycling experiences.
Ask us about nationwide delivery options!
We work with a number of specialised motorcycle transport companies with who we can engage to have your new pride and joy delivered. They are fully insured and highly experienced in handing over motorcycles. While we would love to hand the bike over to you in person at our unit in Castle Donington, we understand that this isn’t always possible. Our chosen transport companies are the next best thing and allow you to have the bike delivered to your door*.
*Bikes must be delivered to the registered address on the bank account/card used for payment. This address must match the photographic identification (such as driving licence), which we will require a copy of in advance and you will need to show the driver upon delivery. Other terms and conditions may apply.
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Hell’s Bells Classic Motorcycles, specialists in classic motorcycles for sale in the united kingdom. Based in Castle Donington with very good transport links.
The Hell’s Bells Classic Motorcycles shop and many of our bike stock feature on the Rebel Rides YouTube Channel. We have also had some of our classic bike stock used in features by Practical Sportsbikes Magazine.
Many of the bikes we hold in stock are genuine historic motorcycles, meaning that they are exempt from MOTs. We will still perform our own version of an MOT before relating a motorcycle for sale.
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