the techron, chevron, ethanol "causes" are all pretty bogus. Those are all arguments put forward, and techron may be a good additive, I don't know, but it does NOT prevent them from failing. Nor does SeaFoam. Chevron gas, same thing. Ethanol, naahhh. It happens (with less frequency) in countries where ethanol is not used.
And "boat gas" is always free of ethanol? why? what is so different about a marine engine that the farmers' ethanol lobby spares that fuel? And, geez, I mean, you are willing to fill up at a dock? What happens if there's none around?
Maybe that will work for you, but I live in New Orleans, surrounded by water and boats. I am not about to take time out to fill up solely at a marine source. Life is way too short and V Stroms are pretty nice also.
And not to be a down, but when I bought my 12 with 14k miles I asked specifically if the strip had ever failed. I was told no and he "just filled up at 180 miles."
That strip failed within a month of purchase, and with 180 miles on the odometer, I ran out of gas. The second one failed after two more months, showing 119 miles to go on the tank and 202 on the odometer. I was planning on filling up within 6 miles, not believing the optimism of my obc, knowing I had another failed unit.
If you have one that works, great, but if you don't it is way more than an annoyance. It is enough of one that people are reporting them to the NHTSA as a defect/safety hazard. Oh, and the low fuel warning light is tied to the strip, so when the strip fails so does the low fuel light. Nice design.
In short, there is no rhyme or reason as to why they fail. People have collected failed units and tried to analyze with marginal success and no cure.
If your bike is out of warranty and yours fails and you choose to have it replaced, it is a $300 charge, but you get a two year unlimited mileage
warranty that restarts with each subsequent replacement.
The strip has been replaced with a float on newer RT s and Gs s, but still exists on the roadster...a real shame in an otherwise fine machine.