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post #1 of 28 Old 02-29-2016, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Mid grade fuel question

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I'll be picking up my '14 DL1000 soon. I run mid-grade ethanol free gas in my Victory, and regular ethanol free in my Suzuki S50. The specs for the Strom call for premium. Has anyone run mid-grade on their bikes? What can I expect for gas mileage? Thanks.

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I use mostly premium, but I've occasionally run mid-grade and even regular in the past, and could not notice any difference in performance or mileage. I don't know if it would make a difference if I were to run mid-grade ALL the time though; especially because here in Canada only some premium fuels are ethanol-free...
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I wouldn't stress too much about it. I run premium and unfortunately it has Ethanol in it, however I ride year round so it doesn't have time to sit and "sweat". I run Ethanol free in most of the other bikes & small engines that will sit. If you are worried about the octane, you can get an octane booster for your Ethanol free fuel and have the best of both worlds.
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This has been brought up in other threads before. In many countries and areas where the Vstrom travels, there is no premium. Suzuki wouldn't make an adv bike that couldn't travel in these parts.
My V2 has had at least 30 tanks of regular run through it, will no issues. All higher octane does, is prevent knocking. As long as you are not experiencing any knocking, it's perfectly safe.
My buddy that owns a 12 S10 has only run regular through his bike for 145,000 miles. Bike also calls for premium fuel. Bike still runs perfect. Just my 2 cents.


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i have experimented with different grades and haven't noticed any difference. I have settled on running mid-grade (89) consistently now.

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I didn't know you could buy ethanol free gas. Is it available in the USA?

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How to Check Your Vehicle's Gas Mileage and Octane Requirements

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I didn't know you could buy ethanol free gas. Is it available in the USA?
Not many (affordable) options here in Mass. You can search by state here: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada

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I have been using mid grade gas (89 octane) with no issues what so ever. However, I woudl switch to the next higher octance available if I planned on riding at higher elevations.
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Higher elevations effectively reduce compression pressure. The intake air is at a lower pressure to begin with so the combustion chamber pressure is lower too. You can run lower octane above 5000 feet. Fuel stations in such higher areas typically have 85 octane regular and 88 octane mid grade.

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