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I wanted to add up expenses that my motorcycle has cost me over the past season. I was really surprised at one of the costs that added up more than I thought.

I always filled the highest octane possible, and I had a 2005 CBR600RR. Due to the awesome summer, with the high number of sunny days.

From May to September I averaged $600 / Month in gas.

I usually would never drain my tank until empty, so I would fill from $12-$15 at a time. I didn't realize that it added up to so much.

How does everyone else compare to this? Or has this topic been beaten to death?

Adam.
 

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It doesn't help that you're running premium for some reason .... ;)
 
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more wasted octane.. and money.

next you'll wanna get the 104 octane boost bottles. more octane just has to be better right?
 

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It didn't take long ROTFL. Wonder how long till this thread spirals before its locked tighter than a chastity belt?
 

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Lessee, using your figures of $600 a month in fuel, divided by the price of fuel in US$, times my average fuel consumption....
Yup.
I coulda gone to New Orleans and back.
Twice.
Every month.
With side trips to The Dragon, Utah, and the California mountains.

Hope you got to ride some exciting roads, stared at awesome sights, and ate amazing food!
 

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i can definetly tell the difference in car or bike when using a high octane gas compared to a low octane. It definetyle runs more smoothly and with more power, so there
 

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i can definetly tell the difference in car or bike when using a high octane gas compared to a low octane. It definetyle runs more smoothly and with more power, so there
Unless the vehicle, car or bike, has a knock sensor to adjust timing, it's all in your head!
This has been beaten to death many times over .. :horse
 

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Leon what kind of car can you 'definetly tell the difference' in? For any internal combustion engine at a specific temperature, fuel mixture, compression ratio and ignition advance there is a minimum octane requirement and once this is met any higher level of octane not only does not improve performance but actually degrades performance. So I'm curious to know which vehicle you can 'feel' the difference in.
 

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$50-70 /mo and that's with 50 km commuting every day and a weekend ride.

$600/mo?!?! I call BS... that's like a tank every day or 1.5 days. Though maybe you ride at 13,000 rpm, 1st gear and pulling a trailer.
 

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You know, I don't think he's all that crazy. If I rode every day, just out to cypress and back (and up and down a couple times), I would use up at least a tank a day at around $15 per tank. But my calculations come up with only around $450... but yeah, holy crap, I spent a lot on gas!
 

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Hmm, sounds a touch far-fetched, unless you don't work, and ride long distances every day.
 

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I don't have an anti-knock sensor on my bike and I can feel a lean map in a negative way. Get stuck in traffic on a hot day and it's not pretty.

The higher the octane the harder it is to ignite (or pre-ignite=knock, ping). The lower octane will burn better and faster so it will give better power.

Some higher octane fuels will give more power but that's a result of the additives adding to the potential energy, not the "I run jet fuel" scenario.

I spend $20 or so to fill the tank and burn at least a tank a ride. If I had time to ride both days on the weekend and commute a bit too I'd be up to a few hundred for sure.
 

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I run 94 pump in the race bike, but that's because factory pro told me to with a 6 degree ignition advancer.

funny thing is, race gas that actually MAKES POWER is all 87 octane. It's oxyginated and leaded, but still low octane.
 

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In peak riding season, I was using about $60 a week, depending on how much I rode.
 

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Haha, $600/mth? Yeah, I'd call bullshit. At $12 a pop, you're basically making a trip to the gas station twice a day. If you're going to school / working 8 hours a day, then you're spending pretty much every waking hour riding. I would think about diversifying your activities.

Well, unless you're a trust-fund baby, then you'd have plenty of time to do this kind of stuff.
 
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