Type of Gas


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Type of Gas

Postby goodoni » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:04 pm



A few months ago I purchased an 83 GL1200 Interstate, I've been told the wings run better on preimum gas.
I've been running regular with no issues. Is there a benefit in running preimum?? :?

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:24 pm

Sure is..just a touch more HP and higher cost. Mine scares me at 5000 rpm now.I stick with regular.

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby bwagner6 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:16 pm

The previous owner of my 86 always ran premium... I have tried a couple tanks of regular from 2 different stations and I get some "pinging" on hard acceleration. Guess mines just used to the good stuff! LOL :D

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby thrasherg » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:29 pm

Running premium gas should NOT make any difference as the engine was designed to run on regular (according to the Honda manual) but if you have some buildup of carbon in the combustion chamber (raising compression, etc) premium might run a bit better. I run mine on regular and have never had an issue.. Prefer to save my pennies for other chrome parts to add to the wing, rather than blow it on premium gas!! :oops:

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby feetup » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:42 pm

I find it depends on what brand of gas you are buying.
With the so called "Top Tier" gasoline brands I run regular or mid grade. If I'm forced to use a questionable or bargain fuel I usually run premium.
My bike seems to average 50 to 55 miles to the gallon so is probably running slightly lean and some regular fuel, especially at higher altitudes starts to clatter a little if I turn up the wick before the rev's come up.

From everything I've read about fuel there will be no noticeable difference in power between regular and premium so long as the bike will run on it. They do however come from different base stocks so there may be a difference at some locations. (ie: some stations may have regular refined by Chevron and Premium refined by Shell. They trade off all the time. The difference between brands is the additive package, and there can be a great deal of difference there.)

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby bwagner6 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:54 pm

feetup wrote:I find it depends on what brand of gas you are buying.
With the so called "Top Tier" gasoline brands I run regular or mid grade. If I'm forced to use a questionable or bargain fuel I usually run premium.
My bike seems to average 50 to 55 miles to the gallon so is probably running slightly lean and some regular fuel, especially at higher altitudes starts to clatter a little if I turn up the wick before the rev's come up.

From everything I've read about fuel there will be no noticeable difference in power between regular and premium so long as the bike will run on it. They do however come from different base stocks so there may be a difference at some locations. (ie: some stations may have regular refined by Chevron and Premium refined by Shell. They trade off all the time. The difference between brands is the additive package, and there can be a great deal of difference there.)


I also notice a slight increase in MPG with premium but have never squeeked out 55 mpg! Thats awesome mileage bro!

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby goodoni » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:36 am

Thank Guys,
I agree with the penneys for chrome statement, I have lots of chrome.
And, 50-55 MPG, thats awsome, I average between 40-45 and thought that was good.

Thanks Again,
Goodoni

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby feetup » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:14 am

Don't forget, I live in Canada so our gallon is a little bit bigger. That would translate out to 45 to 50 miles per US gallon.
I know it's a cheap shot but I couldn't help it. :D

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby goodoni » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:43 am

Well Played, I feel better now. :mrgreen:

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby thrasherg » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:15 pm

I never get more than 30MPG from my wing.. I didn't think I was that heavy footed/handed, but I don't know how you guys get 40!! Must have a lot of hills to roll down where you live!! :lol:

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby gemotra » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:32 pm

Goodoni:
You'll certainly experience better throttle response and livelier performance with higher octane. In years past, the top grade fuels supposedly had more and/or better detergent additives but I don't think that's necessarily the case now, at least among the major brands. In New England, stations typically offer 87, 89 and 91 octane and I've found the 89 to be a nice compromise, though mine does run acceptably (i.e. without knocking) on the 87.

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:51 pm

gemotra wrote:Goodoni:
You'll certainly experience better throttle response and livelier performance with higher octane. In years past, the top grade fuels supposedly had more and/or better detergent additives but I don't think that's necessarily the case now, at least among the major brands. In New England, stations typically offer 87, 89 and 91 octane and I've found the 89 to be a nice compromise, though mine does run acceptably (i.e. without knocking) on the 87.


That's a commonly held myth, one that is often promoted by oil companies eager to sell you more expensive fuel. Higher octane fuel actually causes LOWER performance in normally-aspirated vehicles that are designed for lower octane fuel (i.e. our bikes). See this post for more info on this: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=6104#p27642

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby buffdaddy55 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:58 pm

I run non-ethanol in mine '85 Aspy. It runs smoother and gets 5-6 more mpg than running ethanol based fuel . I cheat of course and add 5 oz. of ATF each tankful. This is also reg.just no ethanol.

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Re: Type of Gas

Postby feetup » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:42 pm

Ethanol is causing quite a bit of comment everywhere you go. Aside from raising the price of food it does cause fuel mileage issues. The stoichiometric ratio (the comparison of air to fuel, by mass, for perfect combustion) for gasoline is pretty close to 15 to 1 but for ethanol is closer to 13 to 1. You have to burn considerably more ethanol with the same amount of air, and the available energy per quantity of fuel is less.




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