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I will be picking up my new to me83 interstate in a couple of weeks,the previous owner informs me he has never run anything but the most expensive premium gas in it,will it hurt anything if i just use regular unleaded in it?
 

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Ditto.. Unless the PO has raised the compression ratio from stock, he's been wasting his money. If it's stock mechanically, stick to the Owners manual recommendations.



There's a witches-brew of re-engineering lore out there, some based on Ego-of-the-wallet.
 

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its completely stock and in mint shape,he claims it won,t run on regular but I am afraid it is going to have to get used to regular given the difference in price
 

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Straight and to the point.

Next myth:
...why does it cost more to deliver gasoline to the retailer who is only 5 miles from the refinery?

I worked in the pipeline industry almost 30 years, and I've lived next door to the refineries. In every instance, I paid more for fuel at home, than in TimBukToo 275 miles from the nearest fuel depot.
 

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Regular gas, I pull more friction and weight still works and runs fine with regular.

Hey John, I thought everyone knew it cost more the closer you are. You pay for the privilege. :D
 

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AZgl1500 wrote:
...Next myth:
...why does it cost more to deliver gasoline to the retailer who is only 5 miles from the refinery?
Seems to me Seafood is the same way . It cost more around the coast than it does inland ?:(
 

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its completely stock and in mint shape,he claims it won,t run on regular but I am afraid it is going to have to get used to regular given the difference in price
If it won't run on regular gas, then perhaps there is something that is causing that. As that article states, regular gasoline has every bit as much BTU value as premium. Additivesto the premium merelyslow the speed of burn, among other things. Butan engine can have its compression ratio increased by carbon buildup in the chamber, built up to the extent that it may cause pre detonation(knock) with the faster burningregular gas. This condition will usually be countered by valve and piston ring wear which will keep the compression ratio down to a level that precludes pre detonation. Just my take on things from having worked with small engines a lot over the last 20 years.

Not saying this is the case here, but it can happen.
 

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WING =Reg Cadillac =unleaded Lawn mower= reg. WIFE= PREMIUM $$$$$$$$$$ lol.
 

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its completely stock and in mint shape,he claims it won,t run on regular but I am afraid it is going to have to get used to regular given the difference in price
What type of ignition does it have? Would an 83 have 'knock sensors'? Does it have a distributor? Could be the distributor is worn and the timing is off.
 

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its completely stock and in mint shape,he claims it won,t run on regular but I am afraid it is going to have to get used to regular given the difference in price
What type of ignition does it have? Would an 83 have 'knock sensors'? Does it have a distributor? Could be the distributor is worn and the timing is off.
All 1100's have electronic ignition, no parts to wear out.
 

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It is a waste of money to pay for the hi-test gas.
It may not be a waste of money in order to avoid ethanol in regular gas, especially in an older bike.
 

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When I had a 1200 it would run fine on regular, if it was regular with ethanol added it would start hard after the motor was hot. It wouldn't do that when I ran premium. It was hard to find regular with out ethanol so I always used premium with out any ethanol since it was easier to find.
 
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Well ive tried it both ways and i cant tell the difference so i run the reg gas save your money for pretty things to put on her lol.
 

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Try it...

but I have a healthy 1983 GL1100 (compression 170 all four) with no carbon (did head gaskets and removed it) timing on, and advance working properly... and it will ping under heavy acceleration with 87 regular.. I don't necessarily use the highest grade, but try to keep it around 91 Octane.. it just like it better..
 

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Check your owner's manual. Here is another reference from cycle world. Besides, 20 to 30 centsper gallon isn't very much considering the price agallon offuel.







 
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