Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: The wilds of North Idaho
Hello to all. Buying a new 2010 Nomad next week. Hope to obtain a lot of good info from all of you Nomad afficionados. One question first up though. What is be preferred gas to use in a 1700? My buddy who rides a 1600 Nomad suggests only premium. What about E10? Thanks for your help!
Well, first off, follow the owner's manual on fuel or you'll void the warranty.
If it's a stock bike, it's set up lean from the factory to meet emission standards. This means it will run hotter, so premium fuel is indicated as it burns slower and not as hot. However, should you put aftermarket pipes and remap the injectors, you could probably get by on regular gas. A lean mix detonates earlier than a rich mix, so premium gas slows detonation. But if your bike is running normally or a bit rich, premium will eventually create carbon buildup and deposits.
Ethanol in gas doesn't burn as efficiently as undiluted gas, it too can make your engine run hotter by making it work harder, and your mileage is worse. I just read a study where a guy with a research company drove a car about 300 miles round trip on straight gas, then repeated it at the same speed and distance with ethanol juiced fuel, and got about a 4-5 mpg difference. This means your engine has to work a little harder to operate at the same speed as it would with straight gas. I also read they want to switch to E15, with the ultimate goal being E27.
04 1500 Classic
Sissy bar, luggage rack,
light bar, 2" risers,
Isogrips, Fatbar crashbars,
offset hiway pegs, tank bib,
new brake pedal, throttle lock,
Cobra Lowboy Shotgun pipes,
Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
detachable hard leather bags,
alarm, power port, clock,
and a cool cupholder