Fuel Stabilizer for Winter
Rust never sleeps, and gasoline doesn’t keep. Put fuel stabilizer in your tank so the fuel doesn't break down in your tank and in your fuel lines.
Q: How much fuel stabilizer should I use?
A: Stabilizer should be added at 1 ounce per 2.5 liters or half gallon of fuel for proper protection. Generally, you only need to stabilize fuel if you won’t use it up within two months. Carbureted bikes should still be run every couple of weeks, and stabilizers work best when you mix them with new gasoline. They are ineffective at slowing the degradation of old gas and they can’t return contaminated gas to working order. After adding the stabilizer fuel in your tank, let the bike run for 15 minutes so the stabilizer gets a chance to run through your fuel system.
Brake Fluid Types
Q: What does brake fluid actually do?
A: Brake fluid’s main function is transmitting pressure from the brake lever /pedal on the right foot through the brake lines. It then goes to the caliper which pushes the brake pads. The brake fluid needs to be non compressible to transfer the force with efficiency and needs to have a low viscosity in order to be compatible with the ABS feature, if your motorcycle has that.
Behind the scenes:
Brake fluid is needed to lubricate the seals in the master cylinder and caliper seals. It also has to offer corrosion resistance and it needs to have a high boiling point. Brake fluids have different types: DOT3,DOT4,DOT5.1. They are Glycol Based and can be mixed together. DOT5 is silicone and can never mix with any other type. The Glycol Based brake fluid(DOT3,4,5.1) has hygroscopicity meaning it has the tendency to attract and absorb water from the air. This causes the break fluid to have less life. It can also cause damage on painted surfaces so must be handled carefully.
The Hydrophobic DOT 5 has the tendency to repel water, it does not attract moisture. It has a much longer life and doesn’t damage painted surfaces. The disadvantages of this type are that it is expensive and its compressibility, and viscosity make it unsuitable for modern motorcycles. So why does it exist? Primarily for military proposes and for those motorcycles that stay sitting for long periods of time.
You need to flush your brake fluid every 2 or 3 years or every 25,000 miles. This is to avoid your brakes going soft , getting sluggish and losing brake efficiency.