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Old 03-04-2014, 03:09 PM   #2281
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My buddy's GSA had engine problems and the dealer told him it was caused by Shell gasoline IMO, these bikes are designed to ride around the world. First world gasoline should not effect their performance. I do find I get better gas mileage on my camhead with Chevron super unleaded, but I don't even bother getting super anymore and get just the same performance out of regular unleaded.
Unfortunately, in the United States, and anywhere else with a corn lobby, what you're getting is far from "first world gasoline" unless you're particular about where you buy.

Shell Australia sell a fuel (actually I think they have withdrawn it now) called Optimax which was meant to be a high-octane, high-performance fuel. They put in detergents to clean your injectors, catalysing chemicals to reduce tailpipe NOx emissions, corrosion inhibitors to stop your tank rusting, mould inhibitors and stabilisers to allow the fuel to sit for a season... in the end, it was more crap than fuel, and lots of highly-tuned engines ran like shit using it. For a while Shell put signs on their pumps saying it was not recommended for motorcycle or marine use.

Some Australian states have mandatory ethanol content, which is not inherently a problem at 10% except that most service station owners just pump the stuff into the tanks their regular unleaded used to live in, which do not have the anti-condensation measures that the hygroscopic ethanol blends need, so there's water dissolved in the fuel...

You're better off buying it in a glass bottle from Vietnam, where it's been freshly stolen from a military base or Chinese pipeline
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:51 PM   #2282
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Get avgas at your local GA airport. Put it on your AeroShell card. Or ride México on Pemex gas. No ethanol there, either. Or quit voting for @$%tards that promote such nonsense.

Oops. Sorry about that. Third glass of red did it........

BTW, my "old" 2012 GSA always ran fine on regular gas but only when it had to. I expect the same from the new bike.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:18 AM   #2283
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Avgas (F-44) is to corrosive to put in a motorcycle, otherwise it would be nice. When fueling a plane with between 20000 and 40000L they would never notice 20L going missing.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:12 AM   #2284
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Avgas (F-44) is to corrosive to put in a motorcycle, otherwise it would be nice.
F44 (more commonly known as JP5) is jet turbine fuel and is mostly kerosene. No piston-engine motorcycle would run on it, at least not for very long.

Chasing higher octane, some folks have used avgas in a motorcycle (e.g., 100LL or F18), but it typically has a prohibitively high lead content and is illegal in most locales. I'm not aware of any unusual corrosion issues with avgas.

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Old 03-05-2014, 02:34 AM   #2285
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F44 (more commonly known as JP5) is jet turbine fuel and is mostly kerosene. No piston-engine motorcycle would run on it, at least not for very long.

Chasing higher octane, some folks have used avgas in a motorcycle (e.g., 100LL or F18), but it typically has a prohibitively high lead content and is illegal in most locales. I'm not aware of any unusual corrosion issues with avgas.

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Old 03-05-2014, 04:56 AM   #2286
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:13 PM   #2287
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Agree that a bike that is designed for the use these are intended should not be picky about type of fuel. Some earlier models had anti knock retarding of timing when sensing less optimal gas. I don't think the new models have that feature.

I just got a recall notice that my 08 GS needs refitted for tank seal and then my 07 Aquatrax has a similar recall now. Corn in the gas is a bad idea for anyone other than Nebraska farmers! More energy and resources wasted than gained even for the most environmentally inclined. At least our GSAs have alloy tanks which is a big step in the right direction. I was puzzled when in 07 Triumph changed their tanks from plastic to steel but replicated the exact deminsions and look of my 06 plastic tank. Then I realized it all had to do with corn.

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Old 03-05-2014, 04:14 PM   #2288
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:30 PM   #2289
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Agree that a bike that is designed for the use these are intended should not be picky about type of fuel. Some earlier models had anti knock retarding of timing when sensing less optimal gas. I don't think the new models have that feature.
I know for a fact that the 04-12 R1200 series have antiknock sensors, and am almost positive the new Wetheads also have them.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:50 PM   #2290
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I know for a fact that the 04-12 R1200 series have antiknock sensors, and am almost positive the new Wetheads also have them.
they can detect knock nowadays without an anti-knock sensor. The electronics have developed such that they can calculate/detect knock from the sparkplug's voltage/resistance as its fired.

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Old 03-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #2291
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[QUOTE=Sindarin;23624600]The water boxer does not have knock sensors due to improved intake porting and electronic throttles they were deemed unnecessary. The K1600 engine does not have knock sensors either.

Does that mean it can run on regular gasoline without knock sensors?
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 PM   #2292
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I've posted in Parallel Universe about this, but current thinking on engine technology is that in any case, knocking or detonation is nowhere near as damaging to engines as previously thought. You'd have to run it with continuous knocking for hours to see any damage, if you ever did - maybe you'd unseat the spark plugs.

The pictures of molten rings, charred valves and all manner of hellfire are usually the result of pre-ignition, which you're not going to get just by using low-octane fuel.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:04 PM   #2293
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F44 (more commonly known as JP5) is jet turbine fuel and is mostly kerosene. No piston-engine motorcycle would run on it, at least not for very long.

Chasing higher octane, some folks have used avgas in a motorcycle (e.g., 100LL or F18), but it typically has a prohibitively high lead content and is illegal in most locales. I'm not aware of any unusual corrosion issues with avgas.

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Nothing "corrosive" in avgas. You can wash your hands in 100LL and it will evaporate off clean. Did so for years after every pre-flight check.

Ghostrider said "goodbye" to his cat THEN started running 100LL recently. Added 9 mph to his top end and 6 mpg to his mileage ('07 GSA). Folks with high performance engines (boats, bikes, cars, etc.) have been topping off at GA airports for years with fuel cards like AeroShell.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:58 PM   #2294
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Ghostrider said "goodbye" to his cat THEN started running 100LL recently. Added 9 mph to his top end and 6 mpg to his mileage ('07 GSA). Folks with high performance engines (boats, bikes, cars, etc.) have been topping off at GA airports for years with fuel cards like AeroShell.
Did he also get rid of his O2 sensors? The lead in 100LL doesn't go well with O2 sensors. Especially as 100LL is currently about 1.2..2.0 grams of TEL per gallon. Leaded automotive gas used to be 0.1 grams TEL/gallon.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:24 PM   #2295
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That's a good question. Didn't think to ask. Will follow up with him soon.
I'll also check to see if the new Lycoming A/C engines have O2 sensors.
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