E10 fuel changes: Motorcyclists warned as some vehicles are not compatible

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The UK Government is introducing E10 fuel as a replacement for E5 fuel. The difference between the two petrol’s is E10 is made of 10 percent bioethanol, whereas E5 fuel is made of five percent bioethanol.


This makes E10 better for the environment as it contains more renewable ethanol, which will reduce carbon emissions.

E10 is set to be rolled out in September, although some motorists have already seen the new fuel on some forecourts across the country.

There has been some criticism about the choice to replace the traditional E5 fuel, with some pointing out that vehicles may not be compatible.

This has been the case for some older classic cars and vehicles, but now motorcyclists are being warned some mopeds and motorbikes may not work.

The European Motorcycle Industry Association (ACEM) has compiled a list of models and makes of vehicles that are compatible.

Generally, for bikes created after 2016, running E10 fuel shouldn’t be a problem.

They do warn that if a bike hasn’t been listed, drivers should check with the manufacturer before filling up with E10 petrol.

More popular brands of motorbikes, such as Yamaha, Triumph, Honda and Harley Davidson all have rather broad ranges of when motorists can fill up with E10.


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All models of Triumph and Yamaha after 1990 are compatible with E10.

With Harley Davidson it is slightly earlier with all models from 1980 being compatible with E10, with any models before this year being advised to use RON 98 fuel.

Any Honda motorcycles and mopeds produced for the EU market since 1993 can use E10, although carburettor-equipped models could experience poor driveability in cold weather conditions.

Any BMW Motorrad can use gasoline that has been blended with up to ten percent ethanol (E10), although the number of octanes needs to be compatible with the model according to the user handbook.

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