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

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

11/20/2021

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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.

The European Motorcycle Industry Association (ACEM) warned drivers to check the Government website of their bikes’ compatibility.

If it was not listed, they advised riders to check with their original manufacturers before filling up with E10.

More common motorbikes like BMW Motorrad, Harley Davidson, Yamaha were included on the list, although some manufacturers included more detailed guidance on their websites such as Ducati and Kawasaki.

Colin Brown, Director of Campaigns and Political Engagement for the Motorcycle Action Group, spoke of the switch to E10.

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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.”

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