I use 4 ounces of Techron in my R1100R's tank. To get the quantity right, I filled a measuring cup with 4 ounces of water, then poured the water into any empty plastic water bottle and marked the water level on the outside with a strip of duct tape. Pour the water out and set the bottle aside until any remaining evaporates. It sits on my workbench until needed.
Yeah, I just wagged it at the pump and actually came pretty close by putting in 5 oz instead of the recommended 6.6 oz per full tank.
Of course, it's easy to measure in the home garage, but I didn't have a graduated container on the road so was surprised to see that the BMW bottle lacked simple measurement graduations on it.
Not a big deal, but it shows how packaging can look pretty, but be a bit useless to the consumer.
Enjoyed your story about traveling in NM. I've actually attended the races at Ruidoso Downs, drank a beer or two in Cloudcroft, and have had the pleasure of smelling the cow pens in Clovis when the wind was right.
Been a while since you've been here Lee? We don't have to wait for the wind any more, we have so many feedlots now that we have the Southwest Cheese Plant here, all we have to do is open a door....
I like it here. After a while, the smell is only rarely a problem - but when it is, it can take your breath away.
NM is a pretty sweet state for me. I live in Clovis - the high desert. Virtually no traffic to speak of, roads are decent for the southwest and I can ride to mountains within a couple hours, whenever I want. Granted, not many curves until we get there, but I have clients all over west TX and central and east NM. I can't take the bike to work with them very often so dead straight, dead flat decent roads are a good thing when I want to get there fast.
Shoot me an email next time you head my way - coffee's on me.
Nom de Plume:
Steve Aikens, Clovis, NM
BMW MOA #6218
Several of us here in Michigan (not necessarily BMW owners) use either Marine Formula StaBil or Startron. I actually use 1/3 Stabil to 2/3rd's Startron. Been using this mixture for 3 years now in all of my gas engines & boat. In my 1300GT I usually fill up at home for the riding I've been able to do this summer. I also use Techron occasionally as well. The Startron seems to get good reviews with the ethanol mess. If you buy the "better" Startron (most concentrated version) you can easily pack it while on a trip to put in the tank.
2009 K1300GT Blue
1983 Honda CB1100F Blue
1980 Honda CBX-A Black
Blue or Black is Fastest
Water in a modern diesel injection system will cause some very expensive damage very quickly. It usually entails replacement of the entire fuel system at a cost of many thousand dollars. Diesels have water separation devices but they don't always work, esp. if overwhelmed by a huge volume of water in the fuel.
I have an F-250 diesel pickup to tow our fifth wheel (and to occasionally haul a Beemer). I'm very careful where I buy fuel and to drain the water separator regularly (altho I've never found any water at all in it...knock on wood).
BMW MOA 181289
I did a seminar for the vocational teachers that teach young mechanics, on fuel last summer. I did it because most mechanics don't actually know what fuel is being used. There is a wide variety of gasoline and diesel products on the market. They look the same at the filling station but they aren't.
My comments are universal but may not apply universally, if that made any sense.
Gasoline with Ethanol is always a grain extracted blended. Varying amounts of Ethanol are reported as the maximum amount. However, small amounts may not be reported at the pump. Blends as low as E2 are extremely hygroscopic. It can take moisture form the atmosphere readily.
Diesel fuel with the renewable resource bio-fuel can be anything from animal fat all the way to seed/bean extracted. Again, maximums are reported at the pump but minimums aren't mandated to be reported. Any Bio-Diesel HAS water in it.
In my experience, gasoline or diesel, has a shelf life of about six weeks, less, in my opinion during warmer ambient. Either is prone to microbial contamination. Some of these bugs eat skin and will kill you.
My focus during these seminars was PPE, Personal Protection Equipment.
I can substantiate my claims with some very graphic images of a young mechanic that lost 30% of the tissue on one arm due to microbial contamination in gasoline.
My advice for what it's worth, you can't avoid bio-fuels. If they say it isn't there, they are lying to you and smiling because they think you are a fool.
Use high-turnover stations as much as you can. Always use PPE, that includes safety eye wear, when servicing any fuel system.
If you think Premium fuels don't have a certain amount of bio-fuel, gasoline or diesel, in my opinion, you are gambling.
1997 R1100RT (Restored Basket Case) "Das Boot",
1981 KZ 440 LTD (Restored Basket Case) "Das Cow"
Another basket case, blown engine, 1993 K1100RS
"look all around you, see all you can see and make up your own mind"
On the coast of Kansas
Here's a link to a science article about what happens when biofuels contaminate something that should NEVER have biofuel in it. In short, the entire fuel delivery system is contaminated so Royce is absolutely right.