Join Date: May 2013
Location: Houston, Tx, USA
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Use Seafoam . . . can't hurt MIGHT help. Some swear by it, others swear ABOUT it (not doing any good.) Although it is primarily used as a fuel system cleaner, the can also says it "stabilizes" the fuel. I became sold on it's occasional use with my prior bike, an 05 Honda 250 cc Rebel. The Rebel's are known for being great starter bikes which are ridden incredibly few miles then put away in the back of the garage and left to sit with untreated fuel in their system. The carb gums up and the fix is removal, dis-assembly and 24 hour soaking of the carb followed by the use of an air hose to "blow-out" all the tiny orifices. Even though I THOUGHT I had done the job carefully, the first soaking did not cure the problem. The Rebel Forum gurus said not to feel bad, sometimes it takes multiple soakings. I decided to use a double recommended dose of Seafoam in the tank and take the bike on a long ride in order to run the full tank through the system. At the end of my ride (about 120 miles on 2 gallons fuel) I re-filled the tank and continued my ride, about another 40 miles. I found my choke issue and rough idle problem was gone as I pulled in the drive way. My Versys (08 w/12K miles that I just got a few weeks ago) has no problems, I just figured . . . it wouldn't hurt.
Kawdawg ' ' ' regarding YOUR mileage numbers . . . I think most would agree a lot has to do with the WAY you ride (hard on the throttle, fast take offs, winding out each gear before shifting, etc.) I'm a very gentle rider. I think that help's my MPG. I would tend to agree with the comment above indicating my 70 MPG was probably a fluke. I'm kinda anal about MPG numbers, so i'll keep taking readings. If I find repeats of that high number, I'll report back. I rode again the next day and topped off twice. Both times my MPG was 52+.