What grade of gas do you use? - Kawasaki Versys Forum
View Poll Results: What grade of gasoline do you use in your Versys
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What grade of gasoline do you use in your Versys?
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If you look quickly you will see 100% of us use reg....lol
Most generally I try to buy whichever one contains NO ethanol.

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RON 95 and sometimes RON97 to flush out any carbon bulid up.
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I have no choice but to use premium. Mine pings and knocks using regular on moderate to hard acceleration. Must be California blend and / or Ca. emissions system. I don't mind the added cost, it doesn't add up to a hill of beans.
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i use 87 octane, since 85 isn't available here. unless you're pinging, there's no profit in the premium. well, no profit for us.....

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Was using regular unleaded then switched to premium a couple of tanks ago bike runs better and i'm getting better gas milage

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I run reg no ethenol and runs great here in Iowa

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RON 95 or 97. 97 for the V once a month.
97 gives better mileage and response, evident for my car. 97 is slightly more expensive than the 95.

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I run premium because my choices are 85 octane or premium (92 octane if memory serves) at most stations.

My '05 Tundra doesn't care about gas but my former '99 Subaru and my '08 Subaru both get such better mileage with premium it is actually more economical to run the more expensive brew. Plus, everything here is an EtOH blend which I suspect is the reason the higher octane works better in some rigs.

Haven't done the test in the V yet but will once my fractured ankle is knitted, the screws removed and PT is finished so I can ride again.
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Best to go with premium 92-97 octane her in NZ as tests have shown some discrepancy in octane level at times being somewhat lower.
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In Finland we have only two (or three if Shell's counted with V-power) grade of fuel. 95 or 98. I use 95.
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in phx AZ i use 89
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86 in Montana. Altitude makes a difference. I bump it up to mid grade if I drop it down to sea level.
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post ingnition problems with premium

I tried premium with my California V and found some post ignition in the header and muffler. With regular, I have no provlem.
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IN NZ there is 91 octane regular, 95 octane super and BP has a 98 octane, mainly fill up on 95 but do use 98 at times.
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In 2008, I had picked up 70 liters (18.5 US gallons) of 94 North American pump posted octane (98 RON+MON/2) down south for less than local regular 87 (91 RON), but ignition timing wasn't advanced enough to run optimally on 94 (98 RON). Combustion was extended in the exhaust which sounded louder and a bit rough, even though overall performance was already better. I was able to advance ignition timing +5 degrees by slotting the timing rotor groove, which smoothed it out well and made it pull even stronger across rev range. Low-end tractability and response was also improved... It now runs great on 91 (95 RON) with ignition timing still advanced an extra 5 degrees over stock.

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I run race gas. jk

I guess I'll run 91. I don't want a pinging sound from 87 even tho the Manual does not say 91 is recommended.
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Manuel says Im fine with regular, it's cheaper, and runs great with it. Why pay more?

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I ran 87 on her every fill up. I did try one time and fill her up with 92, don't feel any different... Back to 87

Why waste extra $ if she runs fine with 87 ???

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