Putting "Premium" in your bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Benduro, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Tripped1

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    Yeah, in this case I was talking about going plus to premium, I haven't had a bike that could run 87 octane in a decade, they both want 89. I really don't think it matters we the Speed Triple I've had to run that bike with regular a couple times because that is all there was. The Daytona DOES NOT like even old plus, it'll trip the CEL with the knock sensor, that bike has never seen regular.
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  2. ts3doug

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    I've usually stick out premium on the speed triple, the plus here has ethanol in it. Though it hasn't pinged the times I've ran regular.
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  3. Bar None

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    Have you tested the premium to verify ethanol content?
    Remember the sticker on the pump says up to 10% ethanol content.
    I've run five test on the premiums in my area (Robbinsville,NC) and find no ethanol. All our fuel is probably coming from the same tank farm.
    It all comes in the same pipeline regardless of the brand on the pump.
    Oh and there is no mom and pop refineries.:rofl
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  4. ts3doug

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    Premium and regular don't usually have ethanol here, except for shell stations. My previous job was fixing gas dispensers, so I also know which stations to avoid.
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  5. tapdiggy

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    That is a neat finding. Do you think it is due to the age of the fuel in the tank, as in how long it had sat in the ground, since most vehicles run regular?

    As to your bit about all gas is equal, the gasoline is all the same from the refinery and is destined for many gas stations under many brands. But you do have to consider additive packages that are specific to brand. ( I can hear the flaming coming:evil) For example, Shell has its nitrogen enriched fuel; the hydrocarbons and such that makes the bang is the same as that from a Citgo, but the shell has other ingredients that make it better, purportedly.
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  7. Bar None

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    There was no ethanol in the premium fuels that I tested. One of the places that I tested has small tanks and both his grades sell at the same rate since he gets lots of motorcycles fueling up. Since I tested his fuels and found the premium ethanol free he put up a sign stating that and his premium sales now exceeded his regular sales. He now does his own testing to insure that he has ethanol free premium.
    Analyse the Shell gasoline and prove that it is better. Who reported that the nitrogen Shell fuel is better? I have no ideal if it is better than any other premium.
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  8. ts3doug

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  9. tapdiggy

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    Sorry, I worded my point poorly. I was just relating a well-marketed gas additive as an example (notice, I used "purportedly", not reportedly) My intent was to say, gasoline all comes from a limited number of refineries, and the key volatile components are, at a basic level, the same. However, the brand under which a particular tanker of gasoline is to be sold will determine the additional ingredients that are mixed into the tanker at fill-up. One suite of chemicals are for Brand 1, another for Brand A.
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  10. Bar None

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    Bad news from me is that the last batch of premium coming into my area (Robbinsville,NC) has exactly 10% ethanol in it. :cry

    My buddy had to put his " no ethanol premium" sign away.
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