Yes, I did! It is a variance of the famous quote from Abraham Lincoln.....You made up that quote? Sure ya did. I call b.s.
I can't get ethanol free fuel, but still run 87-89 RON from Safeway or Arco with no pre-ignition, or detonation. Been doing that forever, in all my cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads, boat. I asked a Yamaha mechanic once about running regular or mid grade fuel in a Yamaha that stated in the manual "Premium fuel required", he said I could probably get away with it, but "never run Arco gas, I've seen too many engines blown up using that". Long story-short, never had a problem, over 24,000 trouble free miles before I sold it. This engine is in a fairly low state of tune, with a fairly low compression ratio, I'm sure I'll have no problems.The damage done from 10% Ethanol fuel won't even remotely come close to the damage that can happen in the blink on an eye by using low octane fuel. Ever see a piston with a hole in it from pre ignition? I believe most modern engines and fuel systems are built to accept up to E10 fuel, If you're using the fuel up 10% Ethanol is fine. If the bike is sitting for long periods of time you should add Sea Foam or something like that to counteract the Hygroscopic properties Ethanol fuel has.
I thought it was:Yes, I did! It is a variance of the famous quote from Abraham Lincoln.....
You can fool some of the people some of the time,
You can fool some of the people all the time,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
Ya, no worries.Thanks for that data point Versysrider, I haven't decided what to do about gas, but it makes me feel a lot better about most gas pumps that use the same hose for 3 grades of gas. Some riders say to avoid those for a high octane bike, because if the customer before you bought regular you will get more of that than a car filling up with high octane would.
Spot-on.I usually stay with the recommended octane with an engine. Why? because some engineer set up the engine for that type of octane, a higher octane will give you more horsepower, but that is usually minimal unless you have a new map for that type of fuel.
You run richer and increase the chances of backfires too.
This is not necessarily accurate. Yes, if you bike/engine is engineered from the factory to run premium then running either a lower or higher octane will deviate from factory tuning and cause the engine not to run optimum. The higher octane fuels burn longer not necessarily slower, which in turn they burn more efficiently. But that doesn't help running +100 if your engine is engineered to run on 91-93.The higher octane does nothing for performance unless you actually need it. In fact your bike will make less power with higher than needed octane due to the higher octane fuel actually burning slower. We use high octane because it's more resistant to detonation. Unless you're using nitrous, a turbo, or very high compression, the added octane will only hinder performance rather than improve it.