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    What grade of fuel 86 88 90 are you all using when you travel, If using the higher grade, Does your engine perform better ? Are you getting more miles per gallon ?
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  • #2
    87 octane I believe is what is required. Running high octane does nothing to improve mileage, it merely burns slower to eliminate pre ignition and pinging which is why it is required in high compression engines.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Goodolboy1 View Post
      What grade of fuel 86 88 90 are you all using when you travel, If using the higher grade, Does your engine perform better ? Are you getting more miles per gallon ?
      I'm running 87 and have consistently gotten 40mpg.
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      • #4
        When traveling, I always use what is available, whatever the octane. Engine good and warmed up, no harm done. The thing only has about 8:1 compression...About the same as a tractor, so I never worry about gasoline. Seems out west is where I usually find the 86 octane.

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        • #5
          87 Octane is the manufacturer recommendation so I try to follow that. If I am in an area that does not have 87 I try to get the next closest without going below 87. I have not experienced any problems with this.
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          • #6
            I run 87 because that's all it needs. Anything higher than that is a waste.
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            • #7
              I run 87 just like in my cars, truck . For my boat, snowmobiles, riding lawn mower and any other small 2 or 4 cycle I have I use 91 octane
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              • #8
                I use mid grade when possible in traveling. When im home and not riding as much I use non-ethinol. If bike sits too long, the ethinol will separate.

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                • #9
                  I use 87 where I live, I have used 86 when in high altitudes and that is the Low grade.
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                  • #10
                    87. It's all it needs and I haven't noticed any improved performance or mileage with the higher grades.

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                    • #11
                      have always run 87 Octane in both my 1800's and they have run quite well on it.
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                      • #12
                        I use 87 in Oklahoma. In Colorado I use 86 as they reduce octane due to higher octane not being needed at higher altitudes due to less dense air. Never had a problem. I know in the Texas panhandle around Amarillo you find a lot of 86 octane and I have never had a issue with any vehicle I own. You know gas is like beer- you don't buy it -you just rent it for a while.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by orangecrate View Post
                          When traveling, I always use what is available, whatever the octane. Engine good and warmed up, no harm done. The thing only has about 8:1 compression...About the same as a tractor, so I never worry about gasoline. Seems out west is where I usually find the 86 octane.

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                          The 86 octane you find out west runs like 87 octane does back east. It really has more to do with the altitude and density of the air than anything else. It is just adjusted for altitude.

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                          • #14
                            My gas mileage decreases when I use 87, so I use 89 normally and a tank of high-test periodically when I go near the Go-Gas in our area for non-ethanol.
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                            • #15
                              If I read the manual correctly, Honda recommends at least 87 octane. Here in California unleaded regular meets that requirement as does the mid grade and premium. I get around 38 mpg and up when using the 87 octane. I used the ethanol free gas once, it was 93 octane and only got a little over 30 mpg that tank. Went back to the 87 and with each tank it went backup to the 38 mpg make.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by orangecrate View Post
                                When traveling, I always use what is available, whatever the octane. Engine good and warmed up, no harm done. The thing only has about 8:1 compression...About the same as a tractor, so I never worry about gasoline. Seems out west is where I usually find the 86 octane.

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                                It may surprise you to know that your Wing has 9.8 : 1 compression ratio. I use 87 octane and even going over the pass @ 8200 ft. elevation, no detonation is observed. I can't say that with my Harley at 91 octane. My mileage is more related to speed. Keep it under 60 and you will see some great mileage. Hang a slow moving vehicle sign on the back and try it. LOL

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                                • #17
                                  Using 87 there to i do get a little better mileage with premium but it's not worth it with the 87 i get 38 to 42 mpg depending on how i ride.
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                                  • #18
                                    Mountains or flat land I run 87. No pings and normally 40-41 mpg..
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                                    • #19
                                      I used 86 when I was out west, but around here 87 is as low as it goes.
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                                      • #20
                                        87 and pure if it is to be had.
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