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The probability of fuel contamination is a possibility, but I would have thought that if it was the case, the vehicle would have shut down and would not have been able to be restarted. I would be inclined to think that you have a failing component. As it is apparently an intermittant fault I would be run the vehicle with a data logger attached to track a ...


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The fuel filter on your vehicle is part of its fuel pump in the fuel tank. They are designed and made to last the 'life of the vehicle'. They have a plastic OBD2 fuel tank with an interior 'bladder', which means unless something other then normal operation causes damage they never have to be changed.


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Maybe you're flooding the engine by hitting the gas pedal when it's off. Don't do that. If you're low on gas and you want to start it. You might find a chain of commands online for how to prime it. In a Honda and some other 90's vehicles, slowly, it's ignition on, ignition off x 3, pump gas pedal, off. Start.


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If the fuel is less than about a month old, you're probably still ok with just pouring in a bunch of stabilizer and warming up the bike to get it well mixed. If it's a couple months old, you probably want to follow @Paulster2's advice and drain the tank.


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If it's never been changed, then yes, I'd change it. To get 100k out of a fuel filter is a good life for it. Fuel filters are usually not too expensive, so are a decent maintenance item to take care of. They are also usually fairly easy to change ... usually.


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Drain the fuel in the tank. Then fill it back up with gas which has stabilizer in it. Once this is accomplished, get the bike started and let it run until fully warmed up. This will ensure all of the old gas has been purged. After this, you should be good until spring.



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