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Offline michnus

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Beware of petrol in Africa
« on: December 18, 2011, 09:11:38 am »
Most of the times petrol quality is fine but North from SA it changes. For what it's worth these coffee filter bags are cheap and will help prevent the worst getting in your tank.

The notorious KTM990 fuel filter can get clocked up easy with this stuff, just as example, any other bike can have the same problem.

I just had this gut feel to buy the bags in Kenya and used it when filling up in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. This is what it looks like in Ethiopia.

For what it's worth, it might not always be necessarily but it will save time and drama when your bike jerk to a stop in some god forsaken place

This is what I got from a clean up market fuel station
« Last Edit: December 18, 2011, 09:13:10 am by michnus »

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Re: Beware of petrol in Africa
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011, 09:20:21 am »
Nice one. Never thought of useing Filter paper to fill up.

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Re: Beware of petrol in Africa
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011, 11:10:03 am »
I agree, we had fuel issues in Tanzania and Zambia.. we came across guys who were travelling with fuel testers, the black market fuel guys mix the fuel with anything they can find that mixes with fuel and is cheaper than fuel. The most common being Kerosine

For those interested in the difference between petrol, kerosine and diesel


for the most part we found it made no real performance difference to the bikes and even with a petrol tester there is not much you can do about it, it is not like you can hang around waiting for better quality petrol to pitch up. but the filters are a must when buying black market fuel ..

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Re: Beware of petrol in Africa
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 10:45:33 am »
Lekker Michnus - we also carry some of the coffee filters stashed with water purification tablets.
The tablets will sort the water out, but the filter removed all the floating and nasty bits from the liquid!   :thumleft:
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