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Old 12-18-2001, 07:41 AM   #1
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Default How long is gas stable/good for?

How long can I let my bike sit before I have to worry about the gas getting "gummy" in the carbs? I usually ride every weekend, unless it's snowing or raining. If it looks like I might not be able to get out for several weeks due to weather, I put Sta-Bil in the gas tank and ride it for about 10-15 minutes to circulate the mixture throughout the carbs and fuel lines. My question is, without Sta-Bil, how long can a bike sit without the carbs getting messy, provided I use good gas and fill up after each ride?

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Old 12-18-2001, 11:46 AM   #2
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I've not heard of Sta-Bil over here, but I lay the bike up over the winter and use Motrex Fuel Stabiliser which is most likely the same thing. It is designed specifically for use when bikes are layed up long term, so the winter months over here have not been a problem.

If you have any doubts its best to turn off the fuel and drain the carbs altogether, but if the product you use is designed for long lay offs you should be fine.

Just to give you an idea of what I mean by a lay off, this was my bike yesterday morning.
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Old 12-18-2001, 01:07 PM   #3
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Whoa, what are you doing to your bike? I appreciate the reply to my post. I thought I'd be safe, but it never hurts to ask. I'm just glad I got a response from someone who "knows what they're doing." I've learned a lot from your posts. How do you like the 'Ace? I used to have a '95FZR1000 and loved it. It had 50,000+ miles on it when I traded it in for the R1. Anyway...thanks again. Have a great Christmas.

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Old 12-18-2001, 02:18 PM   #4
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Well, it looks worse tahn it is, really I've just pulled the fork legs out and removed all the bodywork, the calipers are hanging there to prevent strain on the unions for the brakelines.

I tend to take the winter months to strip the bike down to the metal , give it a real good clean, and do all the little upgrades I've thought about during the year.

I don't mind spending the time doing these things as I love the bike so much and it's a long term project for me. I find the Ace is just about the best all round road bike out there, so instead of constantly looking for the newest model, I improve what's there to begin with.

The forks are with a suspension guy who is using them to have some rebound piston holders made which will mean he can fit an entire set of internal components which will have shims and precision needles so the performance will be improved dramatically.

While off I've had the wheels repainted, fitted a set of Braking Wave discs and serviced teh brake calipers.

The rear is having an undertail fitted which will stay black or may be painted to match the bike, not certain about that yet.

On the electrical side of things I have installed an over ride switch to control the radiator fan as I'm not happy with how hot things get before it cuts in automaticcally in traffic, and also an aftermarket gear indicator cause I'm fed up looking for an additional gear with the 5 speed box.

Finally I picked up a set of Harris rear sets which I should get on after Christmas, and the Ohlins is out to have the spring rate changed to suit the roads in this part of the world.

Glad you think I know what I'm talking about, would you tell my wife as she says otherwise

Enjoy the holidays.

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Old 12-21-2001, 12:12 PM   #5
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You still have a long ways to go, here was my bike last winter
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Old 12-22-2001, 03:16 AM   #6
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I believe gas is good for about 6 months.
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Old 12-22-2001, 02:22 PM   #7
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Some time ago, on one bike I have, I've had it sitting in the garage for several years with gas and Sta-Bil in the tank. The battery needed to be replaced even though I had it on a Battery Tender the whole time, but when I replaced the battery, the bike still started up. The carbs were leaking gas, the floats or something must have gummed up. Then the leaks stopped on their own in a few minutes. No problems since.
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It depends all on the octane rating, the higher the octane the longer it will be combustible if my bikes were to sit for more than 3 months I would clear the carbs, or just make sure to start you bike and let it idle for 10-15 min around every 2 weeks.
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