Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 24 Sep 2004
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: MaeSot, Thailand
Posts: 96
How dirty is the fuel?

Hi all,
We are off to Asia in a few weeks time and I am wondering how to best filter the petrol going into the tank. We have an F650GS and Dakar. I was looking at the metal coffee filters from the cappacino machines. Would this be fine enough? What size particles are we talking about?

All the comments are appreciated!!
Many thanks

Andrew and Wendy



------------------
See u soon!!
__________________
“… all that is required for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to do nothing ...”.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 24 Sep 2004
Jac Jac is offline
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Wellington - NZ / London - UK
Posts: 39
Hi Guys,

We're in India at the moment, having travelled thru Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.

We have 2 BMW F650's, the non Fuel Injected model.

The fuel is a bit dirty and can have water in it, even when it comes from a proper gas station. (Some fuel you get is from drums on the side of the road)
We first noticed it when we filled up some spare containers, and saw all the crap floating in the bottom.

The particles are very small. They look like dust particles. I don't know how you would go about trying to filter it out... Maybe the coffee filter you suggested would do the trick.

We haven't bothered about filtering it because we can drain the carb's and empty the fuel tank's easily if necessary. Having said that, we haven't needed to do that yet (touch wood).
The fuel tap's on our bike's have filter's, and we fitted in-line filter's as well.

A friend of ours went from UK to Singapore last year on a 650 Dakar and had no problems with fuel. He didn't filter it either.

Hope this helps...

Good luck with your trip.

Trent and Jacqui
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 24 Sep 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Genova, Italy - Kabul, Afghanistan
Posts: 201
In Iran and Uzbekistan we found only petrol at 72 or 75 octans.
We used an handkerchief in the funnel as a filter and we didn't have any problem.
When we came back to Italy, I brought my bike to the BMW service for a check and the mechanic was surprised how much rubbish he found in the tank.
I have a BMW R 1100 GS with an internal filter in the tank, so I assume this filter works properly.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28 Sep 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 233
G'day. At present in darwin ready to hand the bikes over to Perkins.
We had no real problems with the fuel in Asia last time and so expect no major headache this time. have spare fuel filters with us.
Have bought a bit of dodgy fuel in outback Queensland on our way here thought. caused the bikes to ping a bit.
Enjoy Ulmarra, we guess you will be there. Send our greetings to everyone there.
Cheryl and David
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 29 Sep 2004
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: London UK
Posts: 39
Dear All,

Re dirty fuel.

We fitted inline filters and judging by the colour of it after India and Burma I think we saved the engines some grief.

If you do do Burma/Eastern India then its not so much a dirt problem its more an OCTANE problem. It can be as low as a shocking 60 octane!! You need to consider carrying octane booster. This comes in a small plastic bottle. The sign of really crap octane is the clearness of the fuel and the smell. (smells like alchohol) Also colour can hep - ie if its red and sold in bottle the side of the road then its likely to come from china and be about 90 octane... most bikes prefer 95. Another sign of crap octane is the engine makes a rattling sound as you accelerate. Answer here is to accellerate gently.. until you can find better fuel! Hope this helps and I hope you have as much fun as we did in India etc. Simon
www.mccs.co.uk/global

Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events

 

Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

 

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:03.