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    Techronization: Definition

    Verb: The act of treating your bike to a bottle of Techron
    Also see: Chevronology

    Now, how necessary is it? I typically run Chevron Premium fuel in my R1100S. Its supposed to have "More Techron" in it than their other blends. When I'm not using Chevron, its Shell V-Power Premium which is "nitrogen enriched to clean fuel injectors, etc...".

    Short story is my bike runs great with 60,000 km on it. Should I give it a Techron treatment which I believe is a full bottle in one tank of gas?

    Your knowledge, input, opinions, and smart-ass remarks are always welcome.
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    Yes, just before your next oil change. A bottle treats 20 gallons, so you need 1/4 bottle. Keep the rest for your next 36,000 miles repeating the dose at 12K intervals
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    When I'm not using Chevron, its Shell V-Power Premium which is "nitrogen enriched to clean fuel injectors...".
    All pump gasoline contains nitrogen. It is a byproduct of the refining process. Shell advertises the fact to get you to buy theirs.
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    While nitrogen by itself is inert (non-reactive), added to gasoline it becomes a catalyst and helps it burn better.
    (Not a chemist, but I read it on the internet...)
    Nitrogen (by itself) is also very effective for displacing water (personal experience).
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    It's what is recommended by BMW- see the same bottle with BMW label at your local dealer. It's a help with all the engines I run.
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    Techron is rare to find here.

    I use Techron when I can get it, sometimes it's a bit of stretch.

    Just a few minutes north is the garter snake capital of the planet. Google "Narcisse Snake Pits".

    For just a few days each spring and fall, they crawl across the highway and are subsequently flattened. A bunch of us usually go out and squeegee the highway to collect the juice. We have a real neat machine that sucks it up. Since we rarely remember to bring new containers, we put it in our old Amsoil bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    I use Techron when I can get it, sometimes it's a bit of stretch.

    Just a few minutes north is the garter snake capital of the planet. Google "Narcisse Snake Pits".

    For just a few days each spring and fall, they crawl across the highway and are subsequently flattened. A bunch of us usually go out and squeegee the highway to collect the juice. We have a real neat machine that sucks it up. Since we rarely remember to bring new containers, we put it in our old Amsoil bottles.
    It took me a second read but that was very funny. I think it qualifies as a "smart-ass remark".

    Thanks to all who responded!

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    And if you have to, you can thin it out with Marvel...

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    I figure if I've gone over 50 years without putting anything in my gas and I never had any problems, it's probably not necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    All pump gasoline contains nitrogen. It is a byproduct of the refining process. Shell advertises the fact to get you to buy theirs.
    and Guinness has nitrogen...

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    I would use it as often as possible. Any improvement in performance will bring you closer to the RS experience.

    It probably is not necessary, especially if you are running Chevron fuel.

    I ran some through my truck years ago and the difference was quite noticeable. I use it a Paul Glaves recommends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    I would use it as often as possible. Any improvement in performance will bring you closer to the RS experience.
    YOU again. Drat!

    An "RS experience", eh? Precisely what I was trying to avoid.

    I'll give it a try anyway.

    PS: I'm pushing off on another extended trip next week. SoCal this time.

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    Okay, my experience with Techron is with our '98 F-150, so prolly not relevant to an R11S, but what the hey!

    Truck has 198,000 miles on it, and has Chevron gas in it 99.67453% of it's life under our care. At 120k took it into a Ford dealer for a routine service. Service manager said it was probably "due for another injector cleaning and set of spark plugs". When I said, "what do you mean by 'another', it's never had an injector cleaning, nor a set of new plugs", he did not believe me. Truck had all services done (other than routine oil changes that I did) at authorized dealers. We pulled out all the paperwork and verified that the motor had the original spark plugs and injectors never removed. Decided to let them do the cleaning and injector service... Mechanic noted on finished work report that the injectors were clean, and spark plugs still looked "okay". But given the mileage they did the cleaning and plug replacement. At 198k the truck still runs strong! Service manager said most 150's they saw in their shop really needed plugs/injectors around 70-75k, even though the 'service' life of the plugs was supposed to be 90k.

    So, yeah, I'm a believer in this Techron magic! ((PS. I used to drive a tanker truck for another oil company (rhymes with ARCO) but won't use anything other than Chevron/Texaco in any of our vehicles.))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    While nitrogen by itself is inert (non-reactive), added to gasoline it becomes a catalyst and helps it burn better.
    (Not a chemist, but I read it on the internet...)
    Nitrogen (by itself) is also very effective for displacing water (personal experience).
    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    All pump gasoline contains nitrogen. It is a byproduct of the refining process. Shell advertises the fact to get you to buy
    theirs.
    So, which of these statements are true? Is nitrogen added to gasoline or is it a part of the refining process as Paul indicates?
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