Even if you follow the steps in “How to Winterize Your Motorcycle Tips” articles, there can still be problems in getting your bike back on the road quickly and without spending a lot of cash. The below tip is how to clean the “gum” out of your fuel system, including your jets, if the gas starts to disassociate (breaks down into its chemical components).
Except for in the 80’s when my bike was off the road for longer periods when I lived in Colorado, I have not had problems with gas disassociation until this year. Normally, you don’t get the disassociation if you go through a tank of gas every roughly six weeks, but sometimes it can happen quicker.
In January, before I had to let my bike sit for about three weeks, I filled up at a corner store and later figured that most likely this was the cause of the problem. What happens when gas sits in the storage tank at the gas station or in your bike is that it starts to gum up. So going to this corner store that does not sell as much gas meant that the fuel probably started to disassociate even before I filled up my tank.
During a short window of springtime weather this winter, I noticed a problem when I was having a difficulty getting my bike to turnover. Since it happened a few times while I was waiting for it to turnover, I even double checked my petcock to see if I was missing something obvious, like no gas to my carb.
The petcock was on and I eventually got it started and was happily back on the road, but the happiness quickly faded when I started to get a lot of choking and sputtering. Eventually I got to my destination, and after my friend heard me ride up we started talking not just about winterizing a bike, but how to de-winterize it and get a motorcycle ready for riding this spring.
He was telling me that he had a similar issue and that he used an enzyme fuel treatment product called Star Tron that was under $5 that would help. I figured for that amount of money and with my friend’s recommendation that it was worth a try, so I went and got a bottle at Advanced Auto.
When I got to the store, I read on the back of the bottle that the product increases fuel economy, reduces emissions, eliminates black soot and exhaust stains, removes carbon build-up, stabilizes gas and diesel fuels, prevents ethanol fuel problems, and removes carbon, varnish and gum formation. With a flashlight in hand, I poured the Star Tron into my tank and watched the gas temporarily cloud up and then become clear.
I started up my bike again and let it run for a few minutes to let the product flow through my fuel system and it started running better. After going through a few tanks of gas that weekend, I no longer had the starting problem or the choking and sputtering once my motorcycle was running.
So whether you followed the tips to winterize your bike or not, have had to keep your bike off the road for a couple of weeks during the warm months, or if you are just having similar problems, check out Star Tron, you can get it at most auto-parts stores or Home Depot.