I'm a huge fan of Stabil. After enough trouble starting the lawn tractor every spring, I finally figured it out. Now when I get gas for the lawn equipment I dump in some Stabil when I get it home.
So I'm wondering if it's a good idea to use it year round in my L8 600. I use #93 octain but it takes awhile for me to burn a whole tank. Also wondering if using Stabil is a good idea year round just to help the injection system. Any downsides to using it?
Never thought I'd grow up to be an asshole,
but here I am...crushing it!
Modern fuels are relatively stable on their own, so no need to use it year round. If it's going to sit for 3+ weeks, it's not a bad idea. Just remember to run it so it gets into the parts you actually want to protect. Also, 93 octane is a waste of your money. Run the lowest allowed by your manual.
If it isn't hurting anything, I'll run it all the time.
Manual says 90 octain minimum. I have choices of 87 89 & 93. If I was concerned about fuel costs, I would have bought a twin cylinder cruiser. Yuk!
I know this post is a bit old but my 4-sroke mover has a reservoir for Stabil and it adds it to the fuel much like a reservoir does with 2-stroke oil. My mower works great and there seems to be no compromise in function. I know a mower engine is a distant relative to the m/c engine but same principle. I do use Stabil in my Gixxer 600 for winter storage - I add the required amount to a full tank and take the bike for a 5 min run, to distribute it in the tank and fuel injectors, then store it for the winter. Come spring I flush the fuel tank (just to be safe) and fill it with fresh fuel. Have never had a problem.
Never heard of a problem running an engine with Stabil and it is a great product. That being said I only use it for winterization. In my opinion it is a stabilizer and you don't get what you paid for unless the fuel is in for long periods of time. Fuel today is more stable than it was in decades past and should be viable for a few months. If you are looking for a product to maintain the fuel system during the riding season I used a bit of Seafoam a couple times a summer. It will clean up your injectors or carbs.
Yes, as suggested use the octane specified by the manufacturer. You will get the best bang for your buck so to speak.