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Old 04-30-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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What Octane Fuel (R+M/2) do you use in your bike?

1. 87 octane
2. 89 octane
3. 91 - 94 octane
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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I use 87, but it depends on the bike. Some need higher octane. Especially large v-twins. But far more important is the ethanol content. Ethanol is BAD. I would gladly pay for higher octane gas if it were ethanol free. I have used 100 octane race gas in bikes to store them (it last a LOT longer than that ethanol crap) and have started them up every once in a while, they seem to run fine on it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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91, unless they don't have it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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89 in my R1200RT, it's what the manual recommends.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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What the owners manual calls for. Current ride 91+.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Mostly the best priced juice that meets the minimum requirements for daily use.

Burning something with a higher rating than the engineer designed the motor to is a waste of money.

For storage.... what does that mean???
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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With the except of a tank or two while on a long ride, only non-ethanol so far - at 90 octane. Same for my boat and no water issues.

I've used the 90 on all my bikes and never had a preignition issue that I'm aware of. I've even used 87 on my old GS with no issues. That was in canada and the only fuel available. I just made sure not to push the revs too high and not lugg the motor either.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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For storage.... what does that mean???
Premium (93 here) is exempt from the ethanol requirement, so I sometimes fill up with ethanol-free 93 for the winter storage months, though my bike only demands 87 and I run that the rest of the year.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #9
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What the owners manual calls for. Current ride 91+.
Ditto.

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #10
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I use 87, but it depends on the bike. Some need higher octane. Especially large v-twins. But far more important is the ethanol content. Ethanol is BAD. I would gladly pay for higher octane gas if it were ethanol free. I have used 100 octane race gas in bikes to store them (it last a LOT longer than that ethanol crap) and have started them up every once in a while, they seem to run fine on it.
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Ethanol raises octane
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
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Ethanol raises octane
E10 rated at 91 "motor' octane is still 91 octane. the amount of ethanol does not matter.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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Whatever my manual recommends, except for my Ducati with Hi-comp pistons. it gets 94.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:24 PM   #13
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91

Unless I can get 93 !!!

I normally ride in the 500 - 2500 feet above sea level range.

When above 5000 feet, I'll run lower. Usually 89.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #14
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Ethanol raises octane
Ethanol also makes you run leaner than non-ethanol.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #15
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I'm not sure what the point of this question is? It should be based on whatever is in your owner's manual or whatever your bike is tuned for. Different bikes have different requirements. I do think it's strange how some people are afraid to put 87 in their bikes even when it's the black and white requirement in the owner's manual.
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