I've been noticing lately that gas doesn't even smell like gas anymore -- smells kind of skunky -- and my Triumph (air-cooled twin) has been running worse, especially when cold, for the past year or so. I suspect strongly that the shitty gas they're selling us these days is responsible.
Next time I have to fill up I'm going to a station up in Mallett's Bay that has non-ethanol gas. But that's the only station I know of that has it.
Let's start a list here of stations that carry the real stuff. Include the state, town, brand of gas, and specific location.
UPDATE July 2011: Non-ethanol gas disappeared over the winter, but most of the stations that previously had it now have it back, but only in the premium grade.
Mallett's Bay, Maverick, across from Mazza's General Store
GoGo Gas, Suzie Wilson Rd
Maverick past the Rt 15/Rt 128 intersection (on the north side of Rt 15)
Rene's Gas on Rt 7
The Dam Store, also on Rt 7
GoGo Gas on Rt 22a
West Addison General Store (last gas station before the former Champlain Bridge, now ferry)
Pratt's Store, Rt 22A (unconfirmed)
Troy Country Store on Rt 100 (high-priced though)
Station on Rt 7 in the middle of town
White's fuel stop
The Elmore Store
There's a station on Rt 15 in the middle of town that has a non-ethanol sign, but it's been closed every time I've ridden past
Maverick on Rt 15 by the grocery store
Maverick on the corner of Rt 105 and Rt 118
Ward's Garage, Rt 113 and Goose Green Rd
Last edited by markbvt; 07-15-11 at 10:41 AM.
Well I'm not from BTV anymore so I'm out of the loop. Not sure if Mobil does or not...but I did get mobil gas last week and the station is supplied by champlain oil co.
It was so nasty, greenish yellow in color and stunk.
Ethanol blended or not, I notice my bike runs like crap with 91 in it...and it seems as if many mobils and some others nowadays, don't even carry 93 anymore. Some do, here and there, but not many.
I try to stick with Shell when I can. It still has ethanol but it doesn't stink, still resembles "gas" and you can get 93 at every station, that I have been to.
Sunoco might be another good bet. Not sure if they are ethanol blended or not.
Oh and for the people running ethanol blend...winter is coming, if you run blended gas in your cages / snowmobiles, do NOT add drygas. Molten metal in the crank isn't something you want to experience.
I was having problems running real rough stalling. Vix was stalling in 3rd gear.
I put in Lucas oil fuel treatment. It allows the water to dissipate that the Ethanol is drawing in and reduces the O2.
Cleaned it right up!!
Funny thing is, that when the ethanol is added, you can actually get away with higher comp ratios, and the latent heat of evaporization is a tad higher, so build you engines to run the ethanol efficiently, instead of fighting it.
The ability of it running cooler should give you some hints....
EDIT..... Because the BTU rating of ethanol is less than gasoline, you have to run more fuel thru the engine to compensate for it. Rejetting is at hand, and your fuel economy goes down.
Last edited by TLRMan; 08-25-08 at 01:07 PM.
All gas stations get their gas from the same distribution terminals. Meaning, all gas arrives in port on a ship, not a Shell ship, or a Sunoco ship, just a ship. The terminal then distributes the gas to wholesalers i.e., the trucking companies that deliver the gas to retail locations. The reason why gas prices are higher for certain brands is due to the amount of profit the wholesale distributors choose to make for that particular brand. That is the ONLY difference in the fuel. The chemical compounds are the same regardless. I believe Ethanol gas is federal mandate, just because a station doesn't advertise that they sell Ethanol, doesn't mean they don't.
I didn't build the engine, nor do I have any intention of rebuilding it. It pisses me off that it's soon to be impossible to get the fuel for which my favorite bike's engine was designed. Fucking politicians.Originally Posted by TLRMan
If you were running an old school 4 barrel you would change your jets and timing for this application.
Hmmm, personally I haven't seen a station in about a year that doesn't have that little sticker saying its gas has 10% ethanol. That's cool that you know of a place that still carries gasoline.
I just bought 110 Oct race fuel at $10.50 a gallon. That is not made by Exxon.. Yes these Ethanol free pumps advertise they do not.
Last edited by TLRMan; 08-25-08 at 01:36 PM.
I'm wondering in the ethenol is what is causeing my gas tank to pressurize and spill out of the gas cap. My triumph has a plastic tank, and I've never had a problem like this with any other bike i've owned. But it sucks!!!
Make the hydrogen out of the water the ethanol captures!
there was some stuff in the news a while ago about eth/gas being a pain for most small engines. wish i had read about it now tho.
a lot of the stations around here, have their fuel picked up at the same terminal, just different names on the trucks...