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post #1 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Newb... with an 09. Best Fuel??

What type of fuel is everyone using to get the smoothest performance out of your KLR? Brand? Octane?

P.S. I have read the manual for the fuel requirements...
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 02:14 PM
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I use 87 at whatever gas station happens to be near or cheapest and have never had any issues.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 03:04 PM
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Cheap 87 will do

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 03:58 PM
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I have used 87 octane whenever it was available. I have found a number of these bikes that do not like high alcohol content ethanol / gasahol. Even E10 throws my bike into a full fledged tizzy.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 04:28 PM
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86 as well...
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 04:59 PM
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Lower octane fuel is fine. These KLR's have great (too great) cooling systems.
Pinging is something I haven't even read about on the site, let alone ever experienced.

The manual also recommends 10w-40 oil. Most of us go one weight heavier. (15w-40)
The main bearings on a thumper take a bit of a beating.

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 05:56 PM
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The cheap stuff. I also use rotella-t 15-40.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-19-2010, 05:57 PM
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Not sure if I've seen 86 octane around here.
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whatever is cheapest.....

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