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I am going to my first track day in 5 years and I was wondering what kind of gas everyone runs on the track ...Just strait up pump gas 93 or what ...Should I go buy some VP fuel????
 

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I am going to my first track day in 5 years and I was wondering what kind of gas everyone runs on the track ...Just strait up pump gas 93 or what ...Should I go buy some VP fuel????
Just get regular, racing fuel is nothing but a waste of money at this level.
 

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Hehe we don't get 93 out here (CA) anymore, highest we get at the pump is 91. I use that on the street and track.
 

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91-93 will work just fine but dam that U4 wakes the old girl up,but at $17 a gallon I would just run pump gas.
 

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U4 is only like 12.00 but MR9 is 20.00

Not too far off todays gas prices it seems:mad:
 

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Taken from rogue....................................................

We've pretty much done the homework for you when it comes to testing various grades & brands of race fuels in the RC51 (or any other motorcycle for that part)In hours & hours of dyno testing & Powercommander map building several key points were discovered some we intentionally set out to test others just came about on their own:

1. Standard Race Fuel (VP C12, C14, Sunoco 104, 100LL AvGas even high octane pump gas 96 or 100) ran straight on a stock RC51 motor will actually lose horsepower.

This is argued by many because the throttle response becomes crisper & is often mistaken for more performance when in truth the bike is making less power on the dyno sometimes by as much a 4-6hp. Many race fuels are designed for higher compression engines >13.0:1 & simply do not perform well in low compression motors like our RC51 (10.8:1). As has been noted many times on just about every sportbike forum on the net more octane does not mean more power! It simply means more resistance to detonation. If a higher octane fuel happens to make more power in a motor it is because of the additives in the fuel having the potential for more energy not just because it is higher octane.

What can be beneficial, but not always so is a blend of about 25/75 of race fuel & pump gas (1 gallon of race fuel added to 3 gallons of premium pump gas) which has been shown to consistently yield a horsepower or two. However I strongly urge you to stay away from the race fuels on a street bike if for no other reason than the extra contaminants it will leave in your motor. For me the cost of premature wear on the motor is not worth the negligible horsepower gains.

2. Oxygenated Race Fuels (Nutec #4, VP MR1 etc) can add 3-5hp without any fuel or mapping changes at all & 5-10hp sometimes even more on a stock motor with proper mapping & lots of playing around with the ignition timing. Some oxygenated fuels benefit from retarding the ignition while others benefit from advancing it.

The catch is that A. the stuff is really expensive usually about $15-$20 a gallon & B. it is highly corrosive & must be drained from your tank after each race weekend to keep it from eating parts of your fuel system. There are also horror stories of racers getting a bad batch of the stuff & ruining a set of carbs or throttle bodies due to a varnish that settles onto the components that is basically impossible to remove. I have actually witnessed this myself once & could not believe how bad it actually was.

There are some newer oxygenated fuels out now such as VP MR9 & Ultimate 4 which is claimed to be much less caustic to fuel system components (o-rings, gaskets etc..). I have sampled the MR9 & was very impressed with the performance & the Ultimate 4 is just plain awesome even in a stock motor plus at about $8 a gallon it's a pretty damn good deal. I've been mixing it about 50/50 on my stock engines & running it straight on my more built engines with excellent results. Not as powerful as the MR9, but nowhere near as expensive either.

3. In testing various grades of pump gas I consistently found that 87 octane fuel makes 1-2 more horsepower than those exact same bikes ran on Premium 93 octane. We tested five liter class motorcycles (97 CBR900RR, 02 Honda 919, 2000 RC51, 2000 GSXR750 & an 02 R1) & only the R1 seemed unaffected by the octane of the fuel. Now I am certainly not going to tell you to run less than the recommended octane (92) in your RC51 as the specific needs of the motor dictate that a higher octane fuel is needed, but the results are blatant in that more octane does not mean more power.

It is only fair that I note that when testing the pump gas on some of the 600's (Yamaha R6 & the GSXR600) the inverse was true in that they did lose a little horsepower on the 87 octane vs the 93 octane. Most likely because of the higher compression ratios of the smaller motors, however the CBR600F4i gained a little horsepower.

Additional notes (not tested on the dyno): Never add any type of octane boosters or fuel system cleaners to your motorcycle tank. Additives sold in auto stores are designed to treat anywhere from 16-22 gallons of fuel from one small bottle of concentrate & more often than not those chemicals are very hazardous to your motorcycles fuel system especially if the mix ratio is not absolutely perfect. I cannot tell you how many carb jobs I have done over the years because some yahoo dumped half a bottle (or more) of octane booster into his fuel tank. The bike runs great for awhile but within a day or two a varnish starts to set up on the fuel system components & it just gets worse from there. Run quality fuels & stay away from the additives period.



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So how many RC riders are running lower than the recommended octane? How long have you been running it? Any adverse affects? Where can we get some Ultimate 4. I would like to try the 50/50 mix just to see!
 

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How many people run strait 87 without any problem, I mean why not more power for less money. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
 

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Rocryder said:
How many people run strait 87 without any problem, I mean why not more power for less money. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
I've run it on the street for some time, and have yet to hear a ping, but my friend (with an RC) says his bike runs like crap with 87. Wouldn't run it on the track though, just in case.
 

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I've run 89 in both my '01 and '02 with no ill effects at all. Remember the compression ratio on our RC's is a paltry 10.8/1 so, unless you are running in the middle of he desert, flat out, I would have no qualms using 87-89 octane.
 

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I run 87 60% of the time.....and I dont hear any knocking or pinging. However performance is down noticable. However I have a Boss 302 in my racecar. With a compression ratio of 13:1. So I can tell when I am using inferior racing fuel. I ran Unocal (Unleaded) 103 with a mix 50/50 and 91 and the bike ran significantly different. Stronger I might say.....
 

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u guys onli hav octane level up to 91?my country hav until 98..also 95 n 92...nothing less than tt...am i pumping the right petrol if i usually do 95 for my bike?
 
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