But here in my part of Virginia, a mix of up to 10% ethanol in the fuel is UNAVOIDABLE. I won't be driving (or riding), several hundred miles, just to get fuel without ethanol. It's not practical, reasonable, or conceivable.
FYI, here's a list of 10 stations in the commonwealth of Virginia, without ethanol blended fuel.
And I flat-out REFUSE to not ride my motorbike for any reason I can find. I didn't spend my hard-earned money on something to hold down the floor of a temperature controlled garage, just so I can stare at it, and maybe
take it out for a spin around the block two or three times a year. If you're one of those types of riders, that's great. To each his own. But I'm DAMN
proud of the 8,000 miles I've put on my bike in the past 7 months (2 of which it sat, due to snow/freezing).
I also refuse to believe this is 100% to blame on ethanol blended fuel. My Sport sat for a month with a full tank of gas, under the cover, outside in the cold, and never spread one milimeter
. Suddenly, now that it's warm, and the tank has sat in the sun, sometimes with an empty tank, I'm noticing spreading. If ethanol blended fuel was to blame, 100% mind you, then I should have seen a slow, noticeable change in the tank from the purchase date, with no other contributing factors present
If my bike wasn't meant to be ridden, (and ridden BALLS-OUT), I don't believe Ducati would have built it.