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Old 10-09-2008, 05:40 PM   #241
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Mac is home, so most of the time I'm here. I'm new on this forum, so not sure we can send personal mail. If you can, send me one, and I'll give you my local contact info, and we can chat when you're in town.

As for tires, I think we're ok. Fronts seem to last forever, (at least the ones I made 6 years ago are still working fine). Rears are another story, and are very dependant on rider use or abuse. I get tires from wholesalers at great discounts for the ride, though, so I think we're ok. I charge riders a deposit on their rear tires, so if they wreck them, I keep the cash, and it pays for a replacement. It doesn't cover my labour; but since I started charging deposits, the tires come back in pretty good shape.

So, send me a pm, if you can, and we can chat more about the ride.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:26 AM   #242
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Gasoline question??

I asked my dealer what grade gasoline I should be using for the 800 and he told me 89 octane, but I believe that the manual says 93. What grade of gasoline do run on your bike?
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:51 AM   #243
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Always run the highest you can get.
(I'm no expert)
Just seems logicalal
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:23 AM   #244
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I'm no expert either, but I'd run the lowest octane I could get away without any pinging from the engine. Anything else looks like wasting money to me. OTOH what do I know, cheap fuel is the only good thing we have here...
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:39 AM   #245
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Originally Posted by SS in Vzla.
OTOH what do I know, cheap fuel is the only good thing we have here...
Oh? What about all your beautiful women?

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Old 10-10-2008, 12:31 PM   #246
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Handguards

What Handguards did you use? The photos look like Cycra ProBend

Were they easy to install?
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:32 PM   #247
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Old 10-10-2008, 03:04 PM   #248
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I'm no expert either, but I'd run the lowest octane I could get away without any pinging from the engine. Anything else looks like wasting money to me. OTOH what do I know, cheap fuel is the only good thing we have here...
Higher octane= more hp and better mileage.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:39 PM   #249
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Higher octane= more hp and better mileage.
Fraid not. Pinging only.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:50 PM   #250
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Use the specific octane rating recommended for your engine in the manual. Going higher or lower has deleterious effects on both power and mileage. The only exceptions are if the engine mapping is specifically programmed to respond to a different octane rating.

Seriously.
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:03 PM   #251
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Yeah, deleterious effects

that's what I meant

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Old 10-11-2008, 08:29 AM   #252
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Higher octane= more hp and better mileage.
Wrong,

You get the best milege and power running the lowest octain that you can use with out pinging or detonation.

With all things being equal, the higher the elevation that you ride at, the lower octane that you can use.

Higher octane pump gas is not a higher quality or better gas, it has a slower flame front (burns slower) and is harder to ignite,ie requires a higher temp to ignite.

You are doing your bike or yourselves no favors when running premimum when not needed.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #253
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Sticker on my filler cap says "Intermediate" Premium, minimum 89 octane.
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:14 PM   #254
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Wrong,

You get the best milege and power running the lowest octain that you can use with out pinging or detonation.

With all things being equal, the higher the elevation that you ride at, the lower octane that you can use.

Higher octane pump gas is not a higher quality or better gas, it has a slower flame front (burns slower) and is harder to ignite,ie requires a higher temp to ignite.

You are doing your bike or yourselves no favors when running premimum when not needed.
so what octane are you saying to use? 91 or 89?
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:03 PM   #255
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F650GS say 87 AKI Regular on the fuel cap

Here is an interesting article they may help or confuse.

http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/octane.html
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