Well at least you got through the e10 you had in your tank. Even if the Tesco stuff is actually e5 then you are 5% better off than before! You arent imagining the improvement with the fuel, my ZX6R was horrible on e10 and I only ever used 1 tank of it... swore never again.Well, it was a nice sunny day, and although cold was a quite good riding day, so I checked out the Esso stations in the area, as @poacher suggested, and headed off to one about 15 miles away (not the closest one, went for the ride) for the 99 Octane ethanol-free fuel.
Ironically, it had changed to a Shell garage, so instead I headed back to the nearer one to me, which, heh, had dry pumps for the 99 Octane, so no luck there either.
I filled up at Tesco with their Momentum 99 because the closest fuel station has been out of premium grade for several of my last visits (hence not been buying the stuff lately).
Not sure on the exact Tesco formulation, but I think the more important thing is that the tank's now full, holds pressure, so there should be no water vapour contamination getting into the fuel.
Might be my imagination but the bike did seem to run slightly better after that on the last few miles home. I put 9 litres in, so about a half of the tank with the 99. I can't really explain it, but the engine just seemed to be a bit more 'controllable', I think maybe a bit more low speed torque perhaps.
I think I am going to have to stick with the 99 Octane brands, like I said I was running on that stuff from the local station but they dried up so I just used the 'regular' 95 Octane E10.
The bike is quite dirty from an earlier ride when it was a bit damp a few weeks back, bikes really get horribly dirty very quickly in poor weather! Today was OK but the bike is still dirty, and needs a good clean-up, but is definitely a winter layup now, weather is going to be shit awful next week, and then I think snow in December here.
So, that's it for now, tucked up in the garage. Not a bad summer, 3k or so miles since I got the bike in May. Amazing bike really. It's definitely a different experience to the GSXR1100 that I was 'sort of' looking to re-live from the 90's, but that's not a bad thing. Sometimes it is best not to tamper with golden memories, this is like a next step from that, in many good ways, neither better nor worse than the memories but 'different'.
I am taking mine for a dyno run on Friday, the weatherman promises me that it will be dry (but cold), then like yours its off to bed for the winter :-(