Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Phuket, Thailand
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I am not convinced by ethanol, though have not studied the arguments fully, so have to say I am agnostic. Here in Thailand it was supposed to be a great thing for the farmers (growing cassava as a raw material) and the country, but it has probably benefitted only a few big shots. That tends to be the norm in these parts.
My old motorcycle has to use gasoline. Some monkey pumped gasohol into it a few years ago, when it was new on the market. I said that I had asked for gasoline, but was told that it would be alright. Sure the bike ran ok, but it was not good for the fuel system. Before long rubber hoses needed replacing and the carb needed stripping and servicing. Lesson learned.
Shell service stations in Thailand sell only gasohol. Others still offer 91 octane gasoline, but it is the most expensive option by about 12%. Some of the difference is negated by gasoline giving about 4 - 5% better mpg than gasohol.
All the current line up of bikes manufactured by Honda in Thailand are gasohol compatible.
there are old motorcyclists and bold motorcyclists,
but you seldom meet an old bold motorcyclist
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