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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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I got this bike about a 1.5 months ago, clocked over 1000 miles on it already! Love it. I've been putting 93 octane gas in it. My manual says 87 is minimum. Is jumping all the way to 93 just throwing away money? I'm not cheap and would rather take care of my bike, but I do know you can buy gas you just flat don't need.

I rode yesterday and today, mostly highway 4800-5400RPM with myself and 1 passenger, and got about 46.7 MPG, 138 miles to the tank. My tank holds about 2.88 with a "used" reserve. Is that about normal for my bike?

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Putting 93 octane in is a waste of money. Bike is meant to run on 87 octane. Our tanks are 3.5 gallons, .5 in reserve. Getting 46.7 mpg with 2 up going 65-70 is good mpg.

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I agree on the gas.. use 87... some may say premium is better, but the bike was designed to run on 87, with up to 10% alcohol, which is what is avail in most pumps, (although, corn juice is better).

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Premium burns slower, cooler, and creates carbon deposits in engines not built for premium gas.

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Thanks for all the quick replies.. okay I'll use 87.. I wasn't sure and since the manual said minimum I thought I might want to step above that.

Good info, I will try out some 87 at the next fill up. Thanks all!
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