higher octane gas is designed for high compression engines these are low compression engines you'll have to change out the pistons to high compression pistons and retime the engine to see any gains. Higher octane doesn't mean your getting more power it means it has a higher ignition temp which is what high compression engines need. It takes more heat to ignite 93 then it does 87. If you run 93 in these bikes your actually losing more hp then you would with 87. I haven't run 89 in my bike yet and haven't looked to see what the optimal octane level should be it is most likely 87 but could be 89. I know its not 93. the reason higher octane is more expensive is because it is not produced as much as 87 not because it is a better fuel. Hope this helps
Here in Colorado our low octane is 85, 87 is mid and 91 is high. My understanding is that because of the altitude 85 here is the same as 87 somewhere else. Any thoughts or advice? My bike seems fine on 85, but should I move to the 87 mid grade?
Runs at it's best on 87! Not like my sport bikes which actually run better on the highest octane you can find! 87 ignites at a lower temp which is healthy for our simple V-Twin engines... Stop wasting $$ on anything more and stop making your engine actually work harder to burn the fuel!
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