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Old 16 Sep 2013
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Fuel in Western Sahara

Good evening lads n lasses,
In Morocco Overland (2nd edition) it states that it's hard to find unleaded fuel south of Tan Tan.
Is this still the case? Anyone had any problems?
We are on single cylinder F650GS's and have ripped the cats out
I have read somewhere that these old mules can run on leaded stuff, but my husband is concerned about it buggering up the sensors
Can someone put the old boy's mind at rest?
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Relax! You'll be fine. I have an F650 as well and the cat has gone too to moggy heaven. aka the back of my garage.
Leaded or unleaded, she has burned the lot- before I changed my exhaust for a Staintune one, the OE did get severely choked and I experienced a very noticeable power loss hence the change needed.

If you head further south and buy fuel in bottles from stalls then worry more about water and other unmentionables in it. Your friend is a filter called Mr Funnel look at the video) which separates water from fuel as well as other debris. Filters to 5 microns. Google it and consider getting the smallest one. Great kit and weighs little.

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unleaded fuel available everywhere in western sahara.
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Morocco switched from predominantly leaded to unleaded a couple of years ago.
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If you head further south and buy fuel in bottles from stalls then worry more about water and other unmentionables in it. Your friend is a filter called Mr Funnel look at the video) which separates water from fuel as well as other debris. Filters to 5 microns. Google it and consider getting the smallest one. Great kit and weighs little.
Yes, Mr. Funnel is essential in my book. I've plugged them up in 20 gallons but better the Mr. Funnel than my truck.
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Drove through Mauritania and Western Sahara two years ago on a Africa Twin. It´s close enough between the gas stations that buying fuel on bottles is unnecessary. However, not all fuel smells like petrol.
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