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Thu, 05 Mar 2020

What is E10 fuel and is it safe for use on my bike?

So, the Government has announced that it wants to adopt E10 petrol  (petrol with 10% ethanol content),  as the standard fuel type on all UK forecourts in 2021,  but it’s a change over that could efffect a big number of the motorcycling community.

Announcing a new consultation on plans to replace the current normal ‘premium unleaded’ with a higher-ethanol E10 formulation, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The next 15 years will be absolutely crucial for slashing emissions from our roads, as we all start to feel the benefits of the transition to a zero-emission future.

“But before electric cars become the norm, we want to take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions today. This small switch to petrol containing bioethanol at 10% will help drivers across country reduce the environmental impact of every journey. Overall this could equate to about 350,000 cars being taken off our roads entirely.”

It’s clear from his words, and from the consultation document itself, that the Government’s focus is purely on cars, with little or no thought to the impact that such a change will have on motorcyclists.

 

ACEM’s E10 compatiblity list:

BMW Motorrad

All models are compatible with E10. However, the number of octanes needs to be compatible with the model according to user handbook.

BRP

All models belonging to the L-category are E10 compatible.

Ducati

Ducati Desmosedici 990 RR, Vehicles registered as from 18/05/2007

Ducati Diavel 1198, Vehicles registered as from 27/10/2010

Ducati Diavel 1198 ABS, Vehicles registered as from 27/10/2010

Ducati Diavel 1198 Diavel Carbon, Vehicles registered as from 27/10/2010

Ducati Diavel 1198 Diavel Carbon ABS, Vehicles registered as from 27/10/2010

Ducati Hypermotard 1100, Vehicles registered as from 15/02/2007

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 evo, Vehicles registered as from 02/07/2009

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 evo SP, Vehicles registered as from 29/09/2009

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S, Vehicles registered as from 15/02/2007

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S+, Vehicles registered as from 02/07/2009

Ducati Hypermotard 1100+, Vehicles registered as from 02/07/2009

Ducati Hypermotard 796, Vehicles registered as from 02/07/2009

Ducati Monster 1100, Vehicles registered as from 10/07/2008

Ducati Monster 1100 ABS, Vehicles registered as from 14/10/2009

Ducati Monster 1100 evo ABS

Ducati Monster 1100 S, Vehicles registered as from 10/07/2008

Ducati Monster 1100 S ABS, Vehicles registered as from 14/10/2009

Ducati Monster 659

Ducati Monster 659 ABS

Ducati Monster 696, Vehicles registered as from 15/01/2008

Ducati Monster 696 ABS, Vehicles registered as from 14/10/2009

Ducati Monster 796, Vehicles registered as from 04/02/2010

Ducati Monster 796 ABS, Vehicles registered as from 04/02/2010

Ducati Multistrada 1200 , Vehicles registered as from 04/12/2009

Ducati Multistrada 1200 ABS , Vehicles registered as from 04/12/2009

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport , Vehicles registered as from 04/12/2009

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring , Vehicles registered as from 04/12/2009

Ducati Streetfighter 1098 , Vehicles registered as from 12/01/2009

Ducati Streetfighter 1098 S , Vehicles registered as from 12/01/2009

Ducati Superbike 1098 R Corse , Vehicles registered as from 30/10/2007

Ducati Superbike 1198 , Vehicles registered as from 03/09/2008

Ducati Superbike 1198 SP , Vehicles registered as from 03/09/2008

Ducati Superbike 848 evo , Vehicles registered as from 20/05/2010

Harley Davidson

All Harley-Davidson models from Model Year 1980 are compatible with E10 fuel.

All models before this model year should use RON 98 fuel.

Honda

All Honda motorcycles and mopeds produced for the EU market since 1993 can use ethanol-blended gasoline up to 10% although carburettor-equipped models could experience poor driveability in cold weather conditions.

 

Kawasaki

E10 fuel compatible Kawasaki motorcycle models:

Kawasaki model - Model year (and onwards)

KLX125 - 2010

D-Tracker 125 - 2010

KLX250 - 2008

Ninja 250R - 2008

Ninja ZX-6R - 2007

ER-6n - 2006

ER-6f - 2006

Versys - 2007

Z750 - 2007

W800 - 2011

VN900 - 2006

Z1000 - 2009

Z1000SX - 2011

Ninja ZX-10R 2006

ZZR1400 - 2006

1400GTR - 2008

VN1700 - 2009

VN2000 - 2008

 

KTM

KTM motorcycles and ATVs are compatible with E10 from model year 2000 onwards.

Peugeot Scooters

All Peugeot Scooters from model year 2000 are E10 compatible.

 

Piaggio

Most models over 50cc belonging to the Piaggio Group are compatible with E10 from 1.1.2011 onwards. Piaggio does not recommend use of E10 on Mopeds (i.e. 50cc) currently in production [at the time this list was made].

Suzuki

2002 Model Years and onwards - all motorcycles can use E10 with no problems.

1992-2001 Model Years – some models can use E10 fuels and some models cannot. The user should contact his national importer for clarification.

1991 Model Years and earlier – RON 98 (no bio-fuel content) must be used.

 

Triumph

All models, starting from Model Year 1990, are compatible with E10.

Victory Motorcycles

All Victory motorcycles can use gasoline that has been blended with up to 10% ethanol (E10). Check fuel’s octane rating for compatibility with the vehicle according to the owner’s manual.

 

Yamaha

All Yamaha models from Model Year 1990 are compatible with E10.

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