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Lol. For sure. I guess someone has to run the high octane. If they did not run it...they would not make it

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I seem to get a few MPG better on 91 octane. Not sure if the Colorado altitude makes a difference with the octane.

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The only ethanol free gas I can get is expensive and 91 octane. I tried a few tanks, didn't notice an improvement in mpg or performance so went back to less expensive 87 octane and 10% ethanol. Seems to run good.

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I seem to get a few MPG better on 91 octane. Not sure if the Colorado altitude makes a difference with the octane.
The higher altitude, thinner air, less compression, makes the need for high octane even less. You must be in a low part of the state to even get 91 octane.

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I had an 1985 LTD that ran better and got better mileage on 91 octane so when I got the 1500 I was buying 91 for it. After reading here that the 1500 was lower compression and didn't need the 91 octane, I tried some 87 octane and the bike runs better and gets better mileage. Also it cost less for each fill up. I buy Chevron gas most of the time but now what ever is available work fine. I was in Northern Calif. last week and I saw a sign that said next gas 97 miles and the last station I had past was a few miles back down the road so I kept going I had all ready gone about 100 miles on that tank, well that sign was not right it was about 125 miles to the next gas. So I made it but it took 5.7 gal to fill her up that's as close to running out as I want to get. The last 40 miles or so the gauge was sitting on empty and I was running hunkered down behind the windshield for less drag and running about 65 mph. I kept talkin to my self about how I should have just gone back to that station and filled up when I had the chance. That's what happens when The Old Lady don't come with me! LOL
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I had an 1985 LTD that ran better and got better mileage on 91 octane so when I got the 1500 I was buying 91 for it. After reading here that the 1500 was lower compression and didn't need the 91 octane, I tried some 87 octane and the bike runs better and gets better mileage. Also it cost less for each fill up. I buy Chevron gas most of the time but now what ever is available work fine. I was in Northern Calif. last week and I saw a sign that said next gas 97 miles and the last station I had past was a few miles back down the road so I kept going I had all ready gone about 100 miles on that tank, well that sign was not right it was about 125 miles to the next gas. So I made it but it took 5.7 gal to fill her up that's as close to running out as I want to get. The last 40 miles or so the gauge was sitting on empty and I was running hunkered down behind the windshield for less drag and running about 65 mph. I kept talkin to my self about how I should have just gone back to that station and filled up when I had the chance. That's what happens when The Old Lady don't come with me! LOL


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When my light comes on I still have about 20 miles or so left in my 1500 trike.

If you haven't done it, put a gallon of gas in a can the next time you are getting low and ride until the light comes on, and even until she runs out, then you will know for sure what you have left. You will be amazed at how far down the gauge goes before you actually run out, on most of these it says empty way earlier than it should.





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I carry a 1 gallon jerry can of spare fuel with me.
I once put 6.2 gallons in the tank near Oark, AR

that did it for me, I knew I needed to get fuel before I got there, and spaced completely out and passed the refueling point.....

that jerry can is exactly the dimensions of the right side saddlebag toward the rear. you cant even see it when the door opens.
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87 octane BP with "invigorate".

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