what grade of fuel ?


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what grade of fuel ?

Postby bubbzy93 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:22 pm



My newly aquired Asspy uses premium grade fuel (according to the prev. owner). but when I read the owners manual, it say fuel must have an octane lever of 84 or higher, .... reg. fuel is 84, then is 89, then premium at 92.... what is everyone els using in their bikes ?


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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:42 pm

All Wings will run just fine on regular fuel. If you are getting some pinging or detonation, you can try moving up a grade, but it should run just fine on regular.

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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby bustedwing » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:21 pm

I second what Wing says, I have rode Wings for the better part of 20 years and have used regular fuel in all of them with no problems. Did try High test for about a month and found all I did was spend more money.Ride safe.
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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby bubbzy93 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:32 pm

Okay...thanks a lot, it answers my question. :P
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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby blueridgerunner » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:42 am

Around here regular is 87. Used to haul it before I retired. Hauled it to the NC Highway Patrol among others. They use regular, dosen't seem to slow them down much :lol: .

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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby WB5RAG » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:19 pm

Just to add comments of my 82 using 87 octain, my 97 used 87, my 02 used 87 and my 12 uses 87. all to say, no pinging issues. i'm not sure about the "up to 10% ethanol" vs. 100% regular unleaded. i like the idea of no ethanol but then again, i haven't seen any advantages of spending the extra cents per gallon for 100% fuel yet. maybe after this next trip i can note a difference.

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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby blueridgerunner » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:57 am

I have noticed that switching back and forth in my Tahoe confuses the computer and causes it to throw an o2 sensor code. Hard to impossible to find the non ethanol gas anymore because the suppliers get a kick-back from the government for selling it! :roll:

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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby bustedwing » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:49 pm

In all three of my Wings the only time I used premium is to clean out the fuel system, like maybe getting a bad tank of gas so then get a tank of premium to help clean it out , or if the bike had been sitting with no additive over the winter. One other time I tried just to see if it helped my fuel milage but found it was a waste of money.
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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby Blackngold » Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:15 am

Here on Gulf coast a lot of fuel stations carry non-ethanol. Boat owners and yard maint. contractors swear by it. The extra cost per gal. beats the repair costs to fuel lines,rubber O rings, down time and towing 20 miles from shore, etc.. I believe that newer equip., weed eaters, boats,etc. have adapted their fuel systems to deal w/ethanol but was wondering about our older wings? Could ethanol have been a factor in the fuel filter breakdown discussed else where? What effect will higher % of ethanol per gal as gov. is trying to push have on older wings? Just like everyone else I've got a lot of time,money, and sweat in my Black Beauty so to me if paying a few extra cents for 100% gas keeps her rolling... Maybe fuel additives--Seafoam etc-- wouldnt be as neccessary without ethanol? Just wondering?

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Re: what grade of fuel ?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:11 am

Blackngold wrote:Here on Gulf coast a lot of fuel stations carry non-ethanol. Boat owners and yard maint. contractors swear by it. The extra cost per gal. beats the repair costs to fuel lines,rubber O rings, down time and towing 20 miles from shore, etc.. I believe that newer equip., weed eaters, boats,etc. have adapted their fuel systems to deal w/ethanol but was wondering about our older wings? Could ethanol have been a factor in the fuel filter breakdown discussed else where? What effect will higher % of ethanol per gal as gov. is trying to push have on older wings? Just like everyone else I've got a lot of time,money, and sweat in my Black Beauty so to me if paying a few extra cents for 100% gas keeps her rolling... Maybe fuel additives--Seafoam etc-- wouldnt be as neccessary without ethanol? Just wondering?

Your 98 was built for 10% ethanol. It will be fine.
Never knew the octance ratings were lower "up North"! Wings are "made" for regular 87 octane. 3 less?? I would be inclined to buy what would get me at least the 87 Honda tells us to use.




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