Just got my 09 LE 450 home

Reading the manual it calls for a min of 95 octane??? Not that it's a problem since I use VP fuel anyway.. Just thought it was interesting that it called for a fuel with that much octane.

The point you are missing is that the requirement is for 95 Research octane. This equates to a standard US Anti-Knock Index of around 90~91, or a Motor octane of about 87. Pump gas in the US is measured by Anti-Knock Index (Research Octane + Motor Octane divided by two), and any pump premium of 91 or higher is more than adequate.

I use whatever is the highest at the pump. It works fine. By the way, your avatar picture looks a lot like my bike, my bike stand, my basement, and my cub cadet lawn mower. What gives? LOL

:worthy: classic...

Hey, I just brought my new bike home...Check it out:

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I use whatever is the highest at the pump. It works fine. By the way, your avatar picture looks a lot like my bike, my bike stand, my basement, and my cub cadet lawn mower. What gives? LOL

It is your bike.... I was getting harassed since I had pictures of my Honda. I have waited 2 weeks to get mine home. Will have my own pictures as soon as Decal Works gets my backgrounds done... Its very close to my 714 btw....lol

Thanks Gray..... R+M/2.... didn't even think that the manual would not use those terms..... lol

It is your bike.... I was getting harassed since I had pictures of my Honda. I have waited 2 weeks to get mine home. Will have my own pictures as soon as Decal Works gets my backgrounds done... Its very close to my 714 btw....lol

I don't mind at all. It just caught me off guard. Too funny and I am honored you picked my bike as a temp avatar. Enjoy your new ride.:worthy:

..... R+M/2.... didn't even think that the manual would not use those terms..... lol
Well, they might have if the manual had been more thoroughly edited for the US market, but I'm satisfied if it's just readable. :worthy:

The research method produces the biggest numbers for any level of true detonation resistance, and so naturally the marketing people at the oil companies like that better, since they made a bigger deal of octane than they should have, anyway. Consumer protectionists in the US said it was misleading, and there is also a sound scientific argument that the Motor method is a truer measure of what a real-world engine actually has to put up with. This lead to the creation of the Anti-Knock index here in the US (R+M/2). Most of the rest of the world still goes by Research numbers, so that's why the manual says that.

I don't mind at all. It just caught me off guard. Too funny and I am honored you picked my bike as a temp avatar. Enjoy your new ride.:worthy:

Completely off topic ZMoney......I enjoyed your "Chest Cam Video" from Bremen several weeks ago......nice riding BTW:thumbsup:

Completely off topic ZMoney......I enjoyed your "Chest Cam Video" from Bremen several weeks ago......nice riding BTW:thumbsup:

Thanks Ga426!:worthy: I am going to get some footage from Loretta Lynn's also. NOt sure I will be able to get the chest cam video with the racing bib though.

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