Please don’t use E10 or E15 fuel (the kind blended with ethanol) in your scooter. This is especially important if you ride a carbureted scooter or motorcycle.
Our friends over at justgottascoot.com offer some excellent reasons why you will want to avoid these blended fuels:
Solvent – Ethanol will dissolve plastic, rubber, fiberglass and even aluminum. Ethanol can dissolve and disintegrate just about anything that has accumulated in a motor. For example, ethanol will dissolve resins that create a black sludge that coats and travels through an engine causing engine stalling and complications including clogged fuel filters and carburetor jets.
Water – Ethanol will absorb water. It combines with water and the combined molecules are greater than the sum of each separate molecule. Petroleum and most other oil-based compounds are not soluble in water.
Temperature – Ethanol ignites at a higher temperature than the gasoline it is blended with and can cause damage to engine pistons.
Shelf Life – Ethanol has a short shelf life, only about 2 – 3 months under ideal conditions. It begins to separate from the gasoline it was blended with very quickly.
The good news is that in most places you can buy pure, ethanol-free gas.
Click here to visit pure-gas.org which lists thousands of places throughout America and Canada to buy the pure, ethanol-free gas your scooter deserves.