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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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So when I bought my Gunner and they were going over some basics with me one of the things they told me was to only fuel up on premium 91 octane. They told me to stick with 76,Shells and Chervron and kind of iffy on Costco gas. I almost always fuel up on Costco gas for the rebate i get back at the end of the year.

Whats your guys opinion?

Also when I was at Costco last I notice this ethanol sign that wasnt there last time I was there.
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Oh no, not another one of these threads, they are as bad as the oil threads. It doesn't matter, any name brand gas will be just fine. Polaris suggests premium but unless you have done any major mods then mid grade will work just fine. I also get the same gas mileage out of ethanol blended and non-ethanol, go figure.

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I've bought gas from Costco with three bikes now and have never had an issue. A retired guy down the street works there and he said when they get their gas delivered and they add all the additives at the tanks. I'd say give it a try and see how your bike reacts. My CCT hasn't had an issue...
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I have had only a couple of fuel problems over the last 45 years and both were easily traceable. One was a no-name shop caused some power problems and subsequent tank for another national cleared it right up. I didn't bother to figure out why.

In another incident I was having problems due to water in their tank and that was from a national. Tanks wear out and leak and in some cases fuel leaks out and in others, ground water leaks in. Figuring out what was wrong was really easy in my case. Driving down the highway to work the car sputtered then died. Trying to restart didn't work for about 5 minutes. A few miles later, the same thing. Restarted and worked fine. Three times in a 20 miles trip to work. Easy to tell it was water and full tank at another station with some additive fixed the problem.

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download the app prue gas it will tell you who has ethanol free gas.
If your riding flat ground with small hills you can run 89 octane. If your riding mountains or riding hard use 91.
The factor tells you 91 cause you can't go wrong with it. You don't need race gas or want higher octane gas because it does no good for the motor

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The reason you see very few "branded" fuel tankers nowadays is that many retailers buy from the same sources.

Any advocate of a particular fuel should supply DATA to confirm why what THEY assert is better is in fact better. All fuel properties are measurable, which is for example why military fuel buyers in deployed locations take fuel samples from vendors so fuel doesn't damage equipment worth millions or in some cases billions of dollars.

"Adding additives at the retail tanks" is difficult for me to believe without direct industry citation because there are no mixers in retail bulk fuel tanks and there would be no precise way to control additive-to-fuel ratios and thus meet Federal pollution regs. Fuel must be sampled after additive addition or the mixture cannot be known with precision.
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Everyone is right on this.
You can easily build race level engines that run on the street and find that there is a difference between the quality of different brands of premium fuel. Once you do that you can mistakenly try to apply what you have learned to all engines, as if every engine required the same grade of fuel.

However these Vic's in stock form aren't those high performance engines.
Run what you want. A lot of people run these successfully on regular once they have a fuel controller. Some manage it before they have a fuel controller. Just don't put diesel fuel in it and of course if the motor pings put in something else that is better or higher octane.

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If you are trying for premium gas you want to stay away from combination pumps like the one pictured in the first post of this thread.

The first few quarts or are going to be whatever the last guy pumped which will probably be regular. If you are pumping a gallon or two. That's an issue.

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If you are trying for premium gas you want to stay away from combination pumps like the one pictured in the first post of this thread.



The first few quarts or are going to be whatever the last guy pumped which will probably be regular. If you are pumping a gallon or two. That's an issue.

Very true. I almost always buy from stations that each octane of gas has its own pump.


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If you are trying for premium gas you want to stay away from combination pumps like the one pictured in the first post of this thread.

The first few quarts or are going to be whatever the last guy pumped which will probably be regular. If you are pumping a gallon or two. That's an issue.
The typical gas hose [10ft] has 0.16 gal left over.. Or with a 4 gal fill that just adds up to just 4 percent...
A 12ft hose has 0.19 left over
A 15ft. hose 0.24 left over That adds up 6 percent.. 4 gal fill..

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