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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Premium gas increases "Kawi-tick"

I have finally concluded that my bike works best on regular gas. The nine ticks like crazy on Premium, which is kinda funny because the anti-ping properties is at it's lowest with regular. I definitely don't want to ignite another reg/hi-test war, but, if your bike ticks like crazy, try regular gas.

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I have finally concluded that my bike works best on regular gas. The nine ticks like crazy on Premium, which is kinda funny because the anti-ping properties is at it's lowest with regular. I definitely don't want to ignite another reg/hi-test war, but, if your bike ticks like crazy, try regular gas.
I like regular as well. I get better mileage and my bike just seems to run better.
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mine performs the same with regular or premium so why pay the higher cost.


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Got me a biiig bag of popcorn and a nice comfy chair....


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Laffin, nope, no debate. It has taken me 8000 km (4800 miles) to determine that hitest makes the nine tick like crazy. I always filled it with premium at a ratio of two tanks to one regular. I lived with the tick. Every now and again the bike got quiet. Last fill-up the tick came back.....and I thought, hmnnnnn. Rode the bike empty, filled it with regular, no tick. We all know the difference between gas. It has been done to death. If you have a loud tick, try regular.

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interesting I also run the expensive gas... lol ...an i do have the tick but i was blameing it on the oil..i will give regular a try
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i switched to regular after the last round of arguments on this subject because someone brought up the pinging problem in that one, it was the first time i had heard that argument and tested it and by golly it worked. so it is now regular for me, plus ive added about 30 miles more on a tank of gas
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The regular fuel will make the bike run hotter..... correct is this a good thing
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The regular fuel will make the bike run hotter..... correct is this a good thing
The manual states that 87 Octane is ok. I live in Central Texas where at this time of year, it is just plain hot (17 days straight of 100+). The bike runs fine, it does not run too hot. It seems the cooling system does what it is supposed to.
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600 mile checkup

Just had the 600 mile checkup done on my 2010 vulcan nomad this morning. Tech said they have no word from kawi yet on the stalling issue. After the oil change the engine really smoothed out and is running great. It has not stalled all day. I ask about the maintenance schedule in the book saying the next oil change was at 7,500 miles. He said not to believe a word of that and to make the next change at 4,000 miles. I do run premium gas in mine because the sticker on the gas tank says no less than 91 octane. At last check it was getting 43 mpg. Any other info on this bike will be appreciated. Have a great day.
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