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Ethanol gas for short periods?

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So, I would like to do some 400 mile trips between school in Georgia and home in NC this summer but I'm worried about gas. I plan to take a route that exclusive highways so I don't overtaxed the engine on my VL800. I'll do all the prudent maintenance things like change the oil and filter, etc. before the trip. However, taking this route will mean that I will have to take gas as I can find it. I religiously only use non-ethanol gas in my bike because I know how detrimental ethanol can be for the carb, tank, lines, etc. If I put regular gas in the bike, burn it out immediately, and replace it with recreational gas as soon as I get home or back to school, do y'all feel I can lessen the chances of ethanol related issues? I just don't want to make a few runs and I then need to break the bike down and have the carbs rebuilt due to bad gas. Are there any specific additives i should invest in that would help protect the bike from bad fuel? Thanks in advance for all of the advice.
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You'll be fine as long as you don't let it sit with the ethanol gas in it.

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Josh, the damage happens when gas containing ethanol is allowed to sit inside the bike, unused, for a long time. If you're out using and riding the thing like you are planning to do, you've got nothing to worry about.

Unless, however, there is more than 10% ethanol in the fuel you're buying. Avoid that E15 sh*t like the plague it is.

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Thanks to both of you; that's what I needed to know. And, I'll stay away from the 10% and over gas. Good tip, much appreciated.
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So much fear and misunderstanding about ethanol blended fuels. We've been using ethanol blended fuels in every vehicle we own since the early 90s. Early on, there were issues with plastics and seals that were not compatible with the ethanol and would degrade, but those days are long past us. We don't think twice about putting corn juice in our cars, yet for some reason, we still fear it in our smaller engines. Ethanol will not harm your engine, so long as you keep the tank full of fresh fuel. The issue with ethanol is it will absorb atmospheric moisture (just like your brake fluid) and will go "stale". That accumulation of water in the tank and fuel system is what leads to rust and other issues down the road. Fuel left in the tank for 6 months at a time should be fine. If you have doubts, use any of the hundreds of fuel stabilizers on the market. Otherwise, just fill and ride. There is no mystery to it at all.
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Ethanol gas affects 2 cycle engines not 4 stroke so much. It eats the fuel lines and gaskets on the 2 cycle.

They sell a funnel which removes the water from the gas which I bought and use it for my 2 stroke engines.

http://www.mrfunnel.com/Mr._Funnel/Home.html

I also put Star tron in all the gas that sits in my gas cans.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Starbrite...hoCoJUQAvD_BwE

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...I'll stay away from the 10% and over gas.
Your bike will be fine running up to and including 10%.

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Pretty much all we have had is 10% for years in Illinois.
Use it in everything including the bike '02 Volusia and '12 Goldwing.
Never have any kind of problems with the gas.
Mowers, trimmer, generators and bikes usually have 5 months worth during the off season and start right up, 'cept the chainsaw which has a demon living in it.
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add seafoam couple of oz per tank
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Running highway speeds will not "overtax" your engine, it'll just sound like it does
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