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Your bike was designed to get the best performance and efficiency using unleaded gasoline. Most gasoline sold in the United States is blended with alcohol and/or ether, to create "oxygenated" blends. The type and amount of alcohol and/or ether is important.

Do not use gasoline that contains methanol. Doing so may result in fuel system component failure, engine damage and/or equipment malfunction.

  • Gasoline containing METHYL TERTIARY BUTYL ETHER (MTBE). Gasoline/MTBE blends are a mixture of gasoline and as much as 15% MTBE. Gasoline/MTBE blends can be used in your motorcycle.
  • ETHANOL is a mixture of 10% ethanol (Grain alcohol) and 90% unleaded gasoline. Gasoline/ethanol blends can be used in your motorcycle if the ethanol content does not exceed 10%.
  • REFORMULATED OR OXYGENATED GASOLINES (RFG). Reformulated gasoline is a term used to describe gasoline blends that are specifically designed to burn cleaner than other types of gasoline, leaving fewer "tailpipe" emissions. They are also formulated to evaporate less when you are filling your tank. Reformulated gasolines use additives to "oxygenate" the gas. Your motorcycle will run normally using this type of gas and Harley-Davidson recommends you use it when possible, as an aid to cleaner air in the environment. You may find that some gasoline blends adversely affect the starting, driveability, or fuel efficiency of your motorcycle. If you experience one or more of these problems, it is recommended you operate your motorcycle on straight unleaded gasoline.