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So, I see in one of the forum sections up above where 91 octane is the factory recommended fuel, but I'm wondering if that applies equally to all four engines Victory has made. Especially, does it apply to the V92 "Freedom" motor, which is what my '03 TC has.

(Thought there would be a thread on this already, but a search turned up nothing with "octane" in it.)
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So, I see in one of the forum sections up above where 91 octane is the factory recommended fuel, but I'm wondering if that applies equally to all four engines Victory has made. Especially, does it apply to the V92 "Freedom" motor, which is what my '03 TC has.

(Thought there would be a thread on this already, but a search turned up nothing with "octane" in it.)
Yes, run the 91 and don't forget to give the ole girl her 2-3 minute warm up before riding too. Won't say i almost dumpped it turning out of the court one day I was in a hurry and just did a start and go. Experienced a slight stall on the turn with a hard lean..

Running 91 I am getting average of 32 daily or around 37-39 at 75mph running the highway.

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Thanks, Tim. Been running 89 since I got the bike last week and it seems to do ok, or at least no pinging, but I will start using 91 just to be safe.
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Yea I never ventured down to the 89 and have used 91 since I got it. For the differnce in change for 4 gallons, I am ok with it. Could be in my head but I figure what the heck, it calls for it, I am doing it.

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So, I see in one of the forum sections up above where 91 octane is the factory recommended fuel, but I'm wondering if that applies equally to all four engines Victory has made. Especially, does it apply to the V92 "Freedom" motor, which is what my '03 TC has.

(Thought there would be a thread on this already, but a search turned up nothing with "octane" in it.)
Don't know about the V92, but I can tell you the 106 runs fine on regular...until you nail the throttle anyway.

I had to use it once because I was low on gas and regular was all that was available. I rode home several hundred miles briskly with no issue, so I thought it was just over-spec'd. I figured it might be a problem on a really hot day. So I would occasionally use regular. Anyway, I took my wife for a long ride through the country after filling it up with regular one day and while running it up near red line passing a car on a two lane the engine began to knock (more like ring) loudly in protest.

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The 92" recommended was 89, and they run quite happily on 87. All using premium does is build up carbon, and create issue down the road. It's not about money. It's about keeping a great running engine...running great.

For all you old guys that think premium means better. Think about the last time you saw an ad extolling the benefits of it. The FTC made the fuel companies remove all the false and misleading ads in the early 90's, but the residual memory still surfaces. If you do not NEED it. Then it is BAD for your engine

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Thanks, Kevin. In that case I guess I will stick with 89. The bike runs like a raped ape on it so far and I'm a fan of not fixing what isn't broke.
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The 92" recommended was 89, and they run quite happily on 87. All using premium does is build up carbon, and create issue down the road. It's not about money. It's about keeping a great running engine...running great.

For all you old guys that think premium means better. Think about the last time you saw an ad extolling the benefits of it. The FTC made the fuel companies remove all the false and misleading ads in the early 90's, but the residual memory still surfaces. If you do not NEED it. Then it is BAD for your engine
Im all for 89 or 87! Thanks Kevin for that bit of info!! I am not one stuck in the past and want whats optimum for the bike! Is this what I get for downloading and actually reading the owners manual... LMAO!!!

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Fuel Specifications
Use only unleaded gasoline, 92 pump octane minimum.
DO NOT USE GASOLINE CONTAINING METHANOL.
Using gasoline/methanol blends can result in poor starting and driveability, and may damage critical fuel system
components.
Gasoline containing up to 15% Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) can be used.
Gasoline containing up to 10% Ethanol can be used.
Gasoline that has been Reformulated or Oxygenated can be used.
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Hey Tim, is that specifications quote from a V92 owner's manual? If so, we would seem to have a contradiction vs. what Kevin is saying.

Also, I saw mention in another thread about a link to the V92 owner's manual, but I haven't been able to find it yet. If someone can post that link, I'd sure appreciate it. I've got one on order at the dealer for my bike, but I don't know how long it'll take to come in.
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It is however, I will take KevinX input concerning these engines any day over the manual. (don't get a big head Kevin... lol) I work in avaiation and deal with engineer's findings all the time, many of which if they would listen to us these planes would be performing better and with less headache on our part.. lol.. I will be using 89 from here on out!

heres the link do download your manual from Ma Vic web. Just gotta register and start getting the propaganda.

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