Refueling your Honda motorcycle requires careful attention to certain guidelines in order to protect the engine, fuel system, and catalytic converter. It’s essential to ensure that you are using the right type of gasoline, and octane level, and avoiding fuels with high alcohol content. Not following these guidelines can lead to issues such as decreased engine performance, fuel tank corrosion, and even damage to the rubber tubes of the fuel line.
When it comes to filling up the motorcycle gas tank, it’s important to follow some guidelines to protect your engine, fuel system, and catalytic converter. Using stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture, or allowing dirt or water to enter the gas tank can lead to serious issues with your motorcycle’s performance.
If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms or performance problems, try switching to a different brand of gasoline. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your motorcycle runs smoothly and efficiently:
Use only Unleaded Gasoline
Use only unleaded gasoline. This is crucial for the health of your motorcycle’s engine and fuel system. Leaded gasoline can cause corrosion and other damage that can significantly reduce the lifespan of your motorcycle.
Recommended Octane Number
Make sure to use the recommended octane number. The octane rating of gasoline refers to its ability to resist “knocking” or “pinging” during combustion.
If you use a lower octane gasoline than what is recommended for your motorcycle, you may notice a decrease in engine performance and an increase in fuel consumption.
Avoid Fuels with High Alcohol Content
Avoid fuels that contain a high concentration of alcohol. Some conventional fuels are blended with alcohol in order to meet clean air standards.
While it’s generally safe to use fuels that contain up to 10% ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which may be marketed as Gasohol, it’s important to avoid fuels with higher concentrations of alcohol. These fuels can damage the paint on your fuel tank, and the rubber tubes of your fuel line, and cause corrosion of the fuel tank. They can also lead to poor drivability and reduced engine performance.
Stale or Contaminated Gasoline
In addition to avoiding fuels with high alcohol content, it’s also important to avoid using stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture. These types of fuels can clog up your fuel system and cause serious damage to your engine. And, be careful not to get dirt or water in your fuel tank.
Alternative Fuel Brands
Remember, if you notice any undesirable operating symptoms or performance problems, try a different brand of gasoline. Using blended fuels with higher than approved percentages can damage the metal, rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel system.
By following these guidelines, you’ll help ensure that your Honda motorcycle runs smoothly and efficiently. By taking good care of your motorcycle, you’ll be able to enjoy many miles of riding pleasure. Source Honda, Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay