Winterising - drain tank?

comet

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Just saw this on the Norton Owners Club web site:

"On Wednesday 4th March 2020, Her Majesty’s Government published a consultation on proposals to introduce E10 petrol as the standard for fuel across the UK. The lead proposal would introduce a minimum ethanol content of 5.5% for standard ‘premium’ fuels in 2021, whilst - and this is important for historic vehicles - maintaining the current E5 blend in the ‘protection’ grade."

https://www.nortonownersclub.org/news/e10-fuels-consultation-fbhvc-position-statement

The bottom line seems to be that we are moving to E10 but E5 will be retained for historic vehicles. I'll just keep draining the tank.
 

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I would drain the float bowls if bike is temporary laid up but also the whole tank if laid up for more than 3 months.
If you use fuel stabilizer there really is no need to worry.
I have used stabilizer in the panther piss that the US DOT calls E10 fuel for as long as it's been in use.
I've had bikes laid up for 8 months without any issues.

One caveat is to drain the float bowls on carb-ed bikes so fuel doesn't evaporate over time in the bowls.
That can leave sediment in the jets, or needle valves.
I also use Seafoam twice per season to keep the fuel channels clean.
 
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If you use fuel stabilizer there really is no need to worry.
I have used stabilizer in the panther piss that the US DOT calls E10 fuel for as long as it's been in use.
I've had bikes laid up for 8 months without any issues.

One caveat is to drain the float bowls on carb-ed bikes so fuel doesn't evaporate over time in the bowls.
That can leave sediment in the jets, or needle valves.
I also use Seafoam twice per season to keep the fuel channels clean.
And the fire risk ?
 
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