Should I put Fuel Stabilizer when the temperature drops? even if I do a semi-winter storage?
What I mean by a semi- winter storage is I will be riding the bike around at least 1 mile a week during the time the temperatures drop below 20 degrees in the night time and below 30 during the day time. Most likely January - February.
Would it still be ideal to add the fuel stabilizer? or should this only be done when the bike will sit and not be started for 2 - 3 months?
mixed feelings on fuel stable.....i have used sea foam for the past few yrs( even during riding season) with no problem but the other option is to fill the tank with the highest octane fuel you can get and don't worry about it. Some say that stable just forms a film on top of the gas..and when it gets re agitated (start riding again) it does not break up properly and fudges the fuel system. i have a bike that gets filled to the rim every year for storage and never had a problem for 25 yrs ..i started using a specific stabilizer and had to pull the carbs off and clean them this summer because the bike was running like s*&#@....hope this helps but it's your call.
if used per directions on the bottle, it wouldn't be a bad idea to use all the time. Especially if the bike will sit awhile. Also keep the tank full. If you have ethanol in your pump gas, this is even more important.
If you're going to be riding 1 mile a week, what does that tell you?
tells me he's gonna be a cold mo-fo for 1 mile a week
probably not going to affect anything no matter what you do, if you're only going to store it for 2 months just fill it up and get a battery tender. if you were storing it for 5-6 months maybe a bigger deal
I've had great luck for decades using Seafoam.
Snowmobiles, motorcycles, mowers, wackers, boat motors, chain saws, snowblowers, atvs...
Scientists have shown that Sta-bil can gel in todays corn based fuel.
Really? Well shit, my bike ha been sitting for about 5-6 months with a mix of the red Sta-bil and blue ethanl treatment Sta-bil. I put in probably a little over the recommended. I'll be riding it soon again on the street so won't be needing a fuel stabilizer anytime soon after I run through the tank. Will it gel up in 6 months or does it take a bit longer?
ethanol "enriched" fuel (e10 at our US pumps) phase separates in as little as 3 months. google "ethanol phase separation". Ethanol is nothing more than the octane booster that refineries have to add to fuel so out engines won't ping to death. There was an octane booster that was added that did not break down and cause problems like the ethanol does, but it was outlawed by government/epa and had to be out by around 2006 or so.
ethanol sucks for fuel systems, but has been wonderful for our fuel injector service