Can ktm run reg gas?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by dvmweb, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. dvmweb

    dvmweb Adventurer

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    Just checking out the KTM website. Do any of the new bikes run on regular octane (87) gas?

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  2. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    I run it in baja with no problems.
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  3. traveltoad

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  4. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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  5. v8toilet

    v8toilet Nothing to see here.

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    Just for clarification do you guys use the fuel quality/ low octane wire when running 87?

    Or is that more for when the fuel is of dubious quality or you detect some pinging/knocking. I've not activated it on 87 and had no issues or notified performance differences. I have not run 87 in high temps while lugging the engine or working it extra hard either though. I've only used 87 when other options were unavailable.
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  6. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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    nope not me. i would have to take my luggage (GL) off to get under the seat.:D
    it ran fine not perfect, but no pinging. my old 640 would run worse on the low octane w/o the wire disconnected.
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  7. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    just run it :evil

    when I can get it I run 92, but when the tank is nearing empty and in a remote area, I run what I can get. Tends to ping/knock a little early and maybe run a little warm, but other than that...... ride it like a race bike :freaky
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  9. MortimerSickle

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    I put a toggle switch in the circuit to eliminate the need to get to the wire to pull it.

    Flip and go, with no worries of engine damage.
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  10. Unruled

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    Toggle here too, put a whole array of switches in the compartment in front of the seat, this is one of them :)
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  11. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    +1

    If you get fuel out of Mexican milk jugs... probably a good idea to install an inline fuel filter.
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    What is the advantage of not using the low-octane ignition curve?

    Though some riders report not experiencing engine damage, I would rather not run the risk.

    To change the curve is as simple as flicking a switch, and I haven't noticed enough difference in performance to matter in a temporary situation.
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  13. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Not sure on the wire thing - - I've run 87 a few times at sea level and can't really tell any difference at all - no wire disconnect. I have never heard of anyone having some sort of issue by "not" disconnecting.....yet.
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  14. MortimerSickle

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    Neither have I, but I don't want to be the first.

    Maybe the hazard is only in extreme conditions, or maybe KTM is just being overly cautious in their recommendation. But, I see no reason to wonder: I can easily avoid the question by flipping a switch. Maybe if I were in a race, and a small advantage would make the difference of winning or losing, I would see it differently, but....
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