I've only run minimum octane gas and have had no issues doing so.
I used to run 93, and ran Sunoco 110 (once) and saw no difference in mileage. My bike has never knocked or pinged, power wheelies on command, and was still pulling like a freight train at indicated 130+ Higher Octane didn't warrant anything except handing the cashier at the gas station more of my hard earned dollars. No disrespect meant, but its perfectly fine, and if I thought it was bad for the bike wouldn't use it. Kawasaki manufactured my machine to run perfectly on 87 octane, so that is what I put in it..... Have for years, and at 18,000 it still runs like a champ!Hey kawtoy, this is the 2nd time I've read that you run 87. I'm no mechanic but, are you sure that's o.k.? I thought there was something to do with possible knocking and pinging of the motor if not run with proper minimum octane.
I do know for a fact that you will get better mileage with higher octane and you may save yourself a whole lotta money in the long run....
Really no need after that even. I have a PCIII on mine and had Muzzy's slip ons for awhile.... you can still run the 87 no problem. :righton:Had the bike for a couple months, 2500mi on 87 (as per the manual ), runs perfect. No pinging or knocking, and pulls strong at any rpm.
It's ridiculous to put a higher grade just for the higher grade.
I do put some gas with cleaning agents every so often. It so happens that it's 94 octane, but I only use it for the alleged cleaning action.
When I put a pipe and PC3, I will be watchful, and use appropriate octane rating. But bone stock, manual says 87, I use 87.
This is absolutely true, but only by a slight amount proportional to the difference in octane numbers.High octane unfortanately has less energy than low octain fuel.
I do not know about kerosene, but it is incorrect that diesel has a higher octane level as gas. Diesel is made to self combust. Diesel is rated by what is called a cetane number which is inversely proportional to the octane number. I do not know how mixing diesel and gas effects your engine though.A trick, (if you can call it that), is to add a bit of kerosene or diesel fuel to your gas. Both have higher energy levels than straight gas and have a higher octain level.
diesel has a cetane rating instead of an octane rating.Duanew, you are right. I checked the octane rating for diesel and they estimate between 15 and 25 octane??? I could not find kerosene but it probably has similar properties. I guess my percieved no knock by adding kerosene is a figment of my hullucination. Thanks for the information.