MMO The Real Story

Or

Marvels Mystery Oil. Does it work?

By David Sawyer

KG6FNH

Goldwings@email.msn.com

http://www.davesgoldwing.com

04/10/01

 

Answer: Heck, who knows! But here is my story and I am sticking to it.

All of my life, as far back as I can remember anyway, MMO and internal combustion engines have always been synonymous with each other. Anyone I knew as a teen that had anything to teach about cars and engines often used MMO as the solution to a problem with a car. My first personal experience was with a Ford Fairlane that had a ticking noise. I determined it was a stuck lifter. Well stupid me I pulled off the valve cover and rocker arm, used my little grabber tool and latched on to that lifter and pulled it out. Cleaned it up nice and clean, put it back in and put the engine together. Well wouldn't you know it, that darn thing still tapped. Then one guy whom I had great respect for as a mechanic and it was in-fact his nickname, Mechanic, handed me a bottle of MMO and ordered me to pour it in the engine. Being, what I considered still a novice and this great almighty professional was telling me to do something, I did it. Sure enough, drove the car around the block 4 times and as I finished the 4th time the tapping stopped and I never heard it again for the years following that I had the car.

Ok, so by now you're asking what the heck this has to do with Motorcycles and Goldwings? Well I am not going to tell you to pour a bottle in with your Goldwing crankcase. What I do plan to tell you is what I have found through an unscientific test using my Goldwing and real life driving conditions.

I am a member of WOTI (Wings On The Internet) and there is often talk and discussions about adding MMO to your fuel tank at fillup. No, keeping in mind that the Goldwing is not a diesel engine this always struck me as odd. When I inquired about it on the mail list I received numerous replies to include the famed WOTI member Conrad Drury as using it instead of the morning cup of Java

Apparently to lube up his innards but I won't go there!!!

I chose not to pour it in my coffee but I did set out to find out the real story. I drive a 1998 Goldwing SE with 38+K miles on it. For 8 fillups I did not add MMO and drove as I normally do. I drive my bike every day, rain or shine for both work commute and play. Then I did 8 fillups using MMO in each tank of gas. I used about an ounce of MMO per tank. I used one of those plastic 35mm film containers and would fill that with the MMO and stick that next to the gas cap. Now, a word or warning. That plastic container, if your not REAL CAREFUL, can slip out of your hands and fall into your gas tank so as fare warning be careful!

As for the data on this, my MPG improved. Before MMO, I would get high 20's with my average being 30.35 MPG. With MMO I would get mid to high 30's with my average being 34.09 and that works out to another 20 miles per tank.

Date

Time

Capacity

Price

Start_Miles

Diff_Miles

Location

MPG

Note

2/6/01

2:14 PM

8.36

$4.75

37206.3

0

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

0

92 Octane Fill up Credit

2/12/01

12:21 PM

5.148

$10.29

37366.9

160.6

San Jose Shell

31.20

92 Octane Fill up Credit

2/19/01

5:49 am

5.263

$10.52

37521.2

154.3

San Jose Shell

29.32

92 Octane Fill up Credit

2/22/01

2:16 PM

4.439

$8.25

37655.2

134

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

30.19

92 Octane Fill up Credit

2/27/01

2:15 PM

3.873

$7.20

37769.3

114.1

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

29.46

92 Octane Fill up Credit

3/2/01

2:07 PM

3.91

$7.50

37883.2

113.9

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

29.13

92 Octane Fill up Credit

3/6/01

5:35 PM

5.29

$10.15

38044.6

161.4

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

30.51

92 Octane Fill up Credit

3/11/01

5:36 PM

4.368

$8.73

38184.5

139.9

San Jose Shell

32.03

92 Octane Fill up Credit

3/14/01

2:28 PM

4.38

$8.41

38320.1

135.6

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

30.96

92 Octane Fill up cash

3/18/01

8:58 am

5.382

$10.76

38488.9

168.8

San Jose Shell

31.36

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

3/19/01

2:22 PM

4.153

$7.97

38643.4

154.5

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

37.20

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

3/22/01

2:16 PM

4.164

$7.99

38786.1

142.7

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

34.27

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

3/27/01

2:28 PM

4.864

$9.33

38947.6

161.5

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

33.20

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

3/30/01

2:14 PM

4.283

$8.30

39089.8

142.2

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

33.20

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

4/1/01

2:02 PM

4.745

$9.49

39263.7

173.9

Gilroy Plaza Gas

36.65

92 Octane Fill up Credit added MMO

4/3/01

2:21 PM

4.187

$8.24

39405.2

141.5

Rotten Robbie Cupertino

33.80

92 Octane credit card fillup added MMO

4/5/01

7:24 PM

4.838

$10.25

39564.9

159.7

San Jose Shell

33.01

92 Octane credit card fillup added MMO

 

 

 

 

This may not seem like much and for some it's not much and not worth the trouble of keeping a canister of oil in your bike but to others it's difference worth wild. I do know that my driving habits did not change during this testing and aside from fillups, I never even thought about the MMO. Now for the sake of argument I will tell you that I drive my bike hard. I accelerate hard, brake hard and I take corners hard, run the revs up before I shift and I tend to drive fast so that my MPG has never been as good as it could be. When I ride with someone else my MPG usually goes up. I will also tell you that I have a trigger wheel on my bike.

So the final question, does MMO really work as a fuel additive? It worked for me on my bike. I did not feel any seat of the pants performance increase or decrease. The bike ran as well as it always did. I did not check the plugs for any fouling or other signs of abnormal wear or use. About the only complaint I really have is I think I had a bad plastic film container because after the 2nd or 3rd time I was getting a little seepage from the container so I had to always wipe off the container. I believe that if I keep using this in my tank I will find me one of those containers that have a screw on cap and I will probably put a rubber band or some string around it to make sure I don't drop it in the gas tank. And before you ask, no I didn't drop in the tank, but I do see a potential of doing it so I am extra careful.

Your results may vary but maybe this little article will answer one of those questions that has plagued mankind, Does MMO really work?

 

 

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