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post #1 of 55 Old 07-28-2019, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel octane

Should I use premium or regular octane?
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Use what the owners manual calls for. If it says regular, no advantage is gained from using premium.
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^^^ What he said.
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The 2018 definitely runs best on 91 octane(recommended). That said I have ran both 87 and 89 with no problem if attention is payed to how you apply the throttle. No lugging or full throttle. The West is full of small towns that only have 87. Mileage has not varied enough on any of them to tell. Non ethanol included.
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"The West is full of small towns that only have 87."

this ^^^

Yes some areas you appreciate the gas station has fuel and is functional never mind if it has any premium stuff.
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The West is full of small towns that only have 87..

Say what?

Not the west US I live in and I've been to a lot of places out in the middle of nowhere.

Like this for instance...



Might not be a gas station for 150+ miles but when you find one it has 3 grades of gas, diesel and a mini-mart!
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Hey, I've been there too. Did you find the black mail box ?? (it's white now, they are trying to throw us off)
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Spec, ever been to Denio or Fields?
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I recall rolling into Amboy CA on fumes and they had some problems with dispensing fuel so AAA brought me fuel from 60 miles away.

Same thing in Tecopa CA. I couldn't get anything from the pump. Attendant said they called tech folks. I had to change plans as fuel became a priority.

Dyer NV was out of fuel once when I stopped in. Didn't need fuel but I made a mental note not to need fuel there ever.

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People associate higher octane fuel as higher quality fuel. It is not. All gasoline from the refining process is essentially the same. Its not until manufacturers add there chemical "additives package to it" to make it proprietary and create the octane rating. Interestingly enough ethanol is an octane booster. The very evil thing throngs of people get up in arms about when they hear its in their fuel.

The best octane you can run it the lowest your bike doing not experience preignition/pinging/detonation on. For an overwhelming number of people the it 86/87 octane. The DL is not a high compression engine and lower octane fuel that the manual calls for is more then sufficient to run each time every time you fill up.

Running too high of an octane and you get incomplete combustion which means lower power output and the potential for carbon deposits.
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