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Old 04-25-2012, 03:23 PM
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In the latest Motorcycle Consumer News, the 2012 Adventure was well received. However, in the specs they mentioned "fuel: Premium".

My Pre-2012 (06) seems happy with regular. What's 2012 manual say -- regular or premium?

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:01 PM
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If the manual says 87 octane, then that is regular not premium... I am willing to bet it is the same as the pre '12 version... Meaning it can use Octane rating of 86 or higher...
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My manual says 87 Octane, that's what I'm using............TD
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My manual says 87 Octane, that's what I'm using............TD
As does mine
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If you live in an affluent area and you bump into a enighbor or business associate whom you may wish to impress, you should always spring for luxury gas, I mean 87 octane, really?

How are you going to continue hoodwinking people into believing you're riding a BMW if they catch you using poor people gas?
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Maybe that's why they are only getting 46 mpg, and I am getting 55 mpg, I use regular 87 octane
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I've noticed a roughly a 5-7 mpg increase when I use premium. I haven't done the math to see if there's any value in running premium, so I just use 87.
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I've noticed a roughly a 5-7 mpg increase when I use premium. I haven't done the math to see if there's any value in running premium, so I just use 87.
Octane Myths
High octane gasoline improves mileage.
In general, if your car is designed to run on 87 octane gasoline, high octane gasoline will not improve
mileage. If switching to high octane gasoline does improve mileage, you might find that your engine, or its
control systems, need repair.

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I tried some 91 octane just to see how it felt. Kinda like the seat of the pants dyno. Didn't notice any difference. I used 87 during break in since I didn't give it any throttle. Not really noticing the bike being any "peppier."

I usually just get 89 octane at 87 prices. High octane is a waste of money on this bike IMO.
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There's a Marathon station not far from the house that advertizes ethanol-free 90 octane gas. That might be worth the extra bucks.
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