I did at first, was like taking your woman out for fancy vittles on the first few dates, she will always expect it.. Much feed back and advice from here I switched to 87. The ping was bad at first but after adding a good fuel injector cleaner, a few names come up here i.e. Techtron or seafoam, you will be on track. My ping is gone after a few tanks and now add it once a year.Does anyone use premium gas in their Goldwing 1800 or just reg like the book says? I have a friend that says he gets better mileage using premium, but mine seems to run just fine using regular
What he said +10.Per owners manual, Regular (86-87 octane) is fine... an occasional light ping with hard acceleration is normal.
Using higher than needed octane can actually INCREASE carbon build-up on the plugs and top-end over time, as-well-as making Shell richer as they laugh over the acceptence of their marketing bulls**t.
[/quote][quotei usually use mid grade as the regular here in utah is only 85 octane.]
That is not really accurate. Higher octane fuels are less volatile, meaning they burn slower and more controlled than lower octane fuels. If anything, lower octane burns at a higher temperature. It is a more violent burn. That is why you get pinging if you try to use regular in a high compression engine.High octane fuel burns at a higher temperature. High compression engines and air cooled engines need that to prevent pre ignition. Use the lowest octane your engine can run on with out pinging for the best performance.