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    Default Bad Fuel and Motorcycles

    V-Stroms are as close to bulletproof machines as any on two wheels. But ALL motorcycles with EFI have the same Achilles Heel: clogged low and Hi-Pressure fuel filters causing loss of power.

    These fuel filters are usually embedded in the fuel pump housing, which is usually in the fuel tank. This is not an easy road-side repair.

    90% of MotoCaribe on-road mechanical issues have been fuel related.

    My friend Steve Loster, the service manager at Arizona KTM, Triumph and Kawasaki in Tuscon and the guy who led our very successful tech sessions sent me a link to a specialized in-tank pre-fuel filter...and I was impressed. The demos were off-the-charts. But, as usual, sceptical. I'm not easily snookered. So I ordered 9 for our fleet and made our own test.

    Take a peek:



    Bottom line: Wow! I wish These were available 10 years ago...
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    RD fuel stinks....the locals tell by the smell
    Me ? Not so much

    All I know is my US vehicle HATES the DR regular.
    If I don't mix 50-50 Premium and Regular... check engine light goes on
    Never had a problem with DR cars - export models... just the US model

    Looks like you've found your fix..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    V-Stroms are as close to bulletproof machines as any on two wheels. But ALL motorcycles with EFI have the same Achilles Heel: clogged low and Hi-Pressure fuel filters causing loss of power.

    These fuel filters are usually embedded in the fuel pump housing, which is usually in the fuel tank. This is not an easy road-side repair.

    90% of MotoCaribe on-road mechanical issues have been fuel related.

    My friend Steve Loster, the service manager at Arizona KTM, Triumph and Kawasaki in Tuscon and the guy who led our very successful tech sessions sent me a link to a specialized in-tank pre-fuel filter...and I was impressed. The demos were off-the-charts. But, as usual, sceptical. I'm not easily snookered. So I ordered 9 for our fleet and made our own test.

    Take a peek:



    Bottom line: Wow! I wish These were available 10 years ago...
    So, do you use this when you fill each individual tank, or do you fill a 5 gal jug and filter ahead of time?

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    WOW- great to know! Any idea how long the filter lasts? And do you use premium gas only with your bikes? I ride a Kawasaki W400 here on the island and have been looking forward to getting out for some multi-day rides and I bet this would save me some headaches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    V-Stroms are as close to bulletproof machines as any on two wheels. But ALL motorcycles with EFI have the same Achilles Heel: clogged low and Hi-Pressure fuel filters causing loss of power.

    These fuel filters are usually embedded in the fuel pump housing, which is usually in the fuel tank. This is not an easy road-side repair.

    90% of MotoCaribe on-road mechanical issues have been fuel related.

    My friend Steve Loster, the service manager at Arizona KTM, Triumph and Kawasaki in Tuscon and the guy who led our very successful tech sessions sent me a link to a specialized in-tank pre-fuel filter...and I was impressed. The demos were off-the-charts. But, as usual, sceptical. I'm not easily snookered. So I ordered 9 for our fleet and made our own test.

    Take a peek:



    Bottom line: Wow! I wish These were available 10 years ago...
    Interesting! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    So, do you use this when you fill each individual tank, or do you fill a 5 gal jug and filter ahead of time?
    We installed one filter in every bike and just fill up at petrol stations.

    The filters cost $85-115 depending on the bike.
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    I have been using a Guglatech neck filter on my KTM since day 1.

    Their inline setup is even more bullet proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaRose View Post
    WOW- great to know! Any idea how long the filter lasts? And do you use premium gas only with your bikes? I ride a Kawasaki W400 here on the island and have been looking forward to getting out for some multi-day rides and I bet this would save me some headaches!
    For years... the older they get, the better they filter.

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    Do they have such a thing for cars ??

    They tell me the diesel fuel is especially dirty here

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    I drove my old '88 Trooper from Oregon to Costa Rica and I carried fuel filters with me. It didn't filter water but it was amazing the sticks and leaves and grit it filtered in Mexico and Guatemala. I'm talking about a quarter of a cup full on some fill ups. I guess the things we take for granted in North America are easy to overlook. But if this filter sits below the fuel on the tank is water still filtered ?

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