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I want to make sure I am using the correct type of gas for my bike. I have a '97, I previously owned two scooters both 2011 and I was always told to make sure to use the highest octane on them. However, I sold them and now own my first true bike (as some of you may already know). I want to make sure that I am using the correct octane.

I read a post that it indicates to use regular and NOT high. I also read the verses and saw that it also indicates to use regular as well. I just want to double check this information as things change from time to time and I don't know how current the info is.

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I want to make sure I am using the correct type of gas for my bike. I have a '97, I previously owned two scooters both 2011 and I was always told to make sure to use the highest octane on them. However, I sold them and now own my first true bike (as some of you may already know). I want to make sure that I am using the correct octane.

I read a post that it indicates to use regular and NOT high. I also read the verses and saw that it also indicates to use regular as well. I just want to double check this information as things change from time to time and I don't know how current the info is.

Thank you in advance for your input. As I have found this forum to be very useful and a lot of members help..

All VN750 1985 - 2004....... 87 Octane

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THANK YOU William!!!

That's what I thought. I have about less than a quarter tank left now. Should I go ahead and fill up today using the 87? Or do I have to do something prior to start using the 87?

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I think I am about the only one that ran 93 octane in mine (all 3) and I did not have a single problem, but I also think the 87 octane as others have said would be fine, I stay away from the ethanol when possible myself, it causes problems and also ethanol does not have the energy that gasoline does, so you suffer loss of milage + performance...JMHO...
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Will do..

Thank you both. I truly appreciate your opinions!!

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All gas around here is "up to 10% ethanol" be it 87,89, or 93 octane.

Not sure why you needed to start another thread on this as all the info in the other thread you responded to says the same thing.

Never heard of any scooter needing 93 octane. I do know the manual to many imports can get one confused because they use a diffrent method for measuring octane overseas. I think their 91 octane fuel is the same as our 87 octane fuel. (Sorry, forget the terms for each)..... So thousands of folks see that "91" and assume it means high octane gas.


If you been running 93 for a while I'd suggest running some big doses of SeaFoam through the bike.

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Knifemaker my apologies about this new thread. I am new to the forum and still trying to understand how it all works. I wasn't sure if everyone reads all the threads that have had an older date or the topic might not be what they read.

I will make sure to check so it doesn't happen again. I just wanted to make sure I was getting my questioned answered.

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No biggie. Likely someone now will chastise me for being a "thread Nazi"

FYI. Not sure how your brower works. But on mine....Each time you visit this site it highlights all the threads that have been responded to since your last visit.... And under each heading it shows the last thread responded to and the day and time.


Some believe that to get their post seen they need to post it under "General Discussion" which is basically wrong. This topic for example, should have really been placed in the "Carbs, fuel OR exhaust" sections. . Questions about new seats or handlebars should be put in under the "Equipment" heading.......etc.....

But a lot don't seem to get this. They do bitch that we need a moderator to move them to the right place... When it would just be a lot simpler to just put it in the right place to start with.....

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