E10 fuel changes 'a bit of a minefield' for motorcycles with warning over 'corroded seals'


Many riders have complained on social media about their motorcycles not getting the most out of their vehicles since making the switch to E10. The new petrol was introduced at the start of September and is mixed with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol.

This is being done to help lower vehicle emission rates with E10 reportedly being the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off of UK roads.

The Government’s E10 checker was designed to allow users to see if their vehicles were compatible with the new petrol and what they should do if it was not.

The vehicle manufacturer list was exhaustive, although some were frustrated over the lack of information for motorcycles.

Generally, for motorcycles manufactured after 2016, running E10 should not cause any issues.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “It would have been good to have better information available, but most of the modern motorcycles have stickers next to the fuel tank which says E10.

“There’s no question on relatively new machines, it’s the older machines that people are not sure about.

“It does vary drastically between manufacturers and models so it’s not a straightforward answer where the Government could just say ‘all Hondas are okay’.

“You can’t give a blanket answer like that and obviously with the number of different models and variations.”

“If you go with super unleaded, it shouldn’t have the level of ethanol in it, but I think there’s an awful lot of mistrust in terms of what’s being sold and what’s available.

“It’s one of these things where unless there’s a very large-scale investigation, you’ll never get to the bottom of it unfortunately.”

The Motorcycle Action Group suggested that motorcyclists could “E10 proof” their motor against the ethanol, involving changing the seals in the vehicle.

Another option would be to use premium fuels, including the former standard grade of unleaded petrol, E5.

Drivers will need to pay extra for the premium fuels, although it may be worth it for drivers who want to avoid fuel efficiency and engine problems.



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