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Wondering how they run on lower octane fuel. DL1000 that is.

Going somewhere that you couldn't get premium?

The motor will run on lower octane of course but you risk pre-detonation. Avoid hard acceleration, don't lug the engine, etc.
 

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I usually run 89 or 91 octane, but have used 87 mutable times when just cruising down the freeway. No knock or problems, but am sticking with premium from here on out( Just had to experiment ). Also tried the 85 available in Montana with the same result(Was over 5,000 ft. for that tankfull.).
 

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I was told, by the Suzuki district Service Manager at the '17 Chicago Motorcycle Show that you can run 87 in the '14+ DL1000 without a problem.
No matter to me, I'll use the recommended premium in my '14 DL1K with a smile on my face and not even worry about it.
If I can't afford to use the recommended octane fuel in my bike I shouldnt own a motorcycle in the 1st place.
Then too if I were out riding the backroads in rural Bumpiss, Missouri and I was running out of gas and the only station within 50 miles had 87 only then that's what I'd use. Of course that would be my fault for not monitoring my fuel level and putting myself in that situation to begin with.
I routinely get 45-50 mpg doing the math at the pump. Considering how this bike runs and all it does for me, I'll gladly pay the extra for the the octane fuel called for.
 

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They run fine on 85, or 87 at lower elevation.
 

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I can't speak to a 2017+ DL1000 as I have a 2015 DL1000 and there have been some engine changes.

I can tell you that my 2015 DL1000 runs fine on regular (87.) I don't normally do so but if you re riding in Newfoundland and Labrador the reality is that in most places there isn't anything but regular gas. When on regular I avoid running larger throttle openings at lower rpm settings just to be safe.

..Tom
 
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