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Old 12-16-2008, 12:34 PM   #11
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Just remembered, was reading thread in a bike forum a while back about touring in other countries and the consensus seemed to be that practically any octane would be alright, it'd just be down on top end a bit.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #12
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I figure you only get what's caught in the loop, about a cupful. This would make next to no difference on a 5 gallon fill in a car, but it is slightly worrying for something that only drinks small servings, though at a cupful per gallon, it would only dilute it to 90.75, and I doubt you'd tell the difference.
This sounds about right.

Unless the actual shut off valve is in the base of the pump handle itself, and then when you let off the trigger the whole length of the hose might be full of "swill" as it is under pressure.

All the pumps around here have one hose, so I guess we get hosed with "swill" all the time then.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:57 PM   #13
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Get a 5 gallon gas can and fill the bike up with it.

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Old 12-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #14
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What kind of motorcycle? You might not even need anythign higher then 87.
I run 86!
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:23 PM   #15
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My moto is a heavily modded WR280F woods racing bike that definitely needs 91 octane (they recommend 93). It is sort of street legal here in Summit County, CO (at least I have a plate) so I ride it up to the pump and often put in less than a gallon to top off before heading out into the wilderness. I never use single hose stations unless I have to but was just wondering if anyone knew for sure whether these pumps drain the hose after use or give you a shot of the previous customer's choice of octane. This is just curiousity.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:52 AM   #16
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Here in the UK we have seperate hoses for the different types of fuel at 1 pump. So for example there is normaly 3 hoses, 1 each for regular unleaded, super unleaded and diesel. I thought this was common in most places. Also as a tip and to make sure you get every drop of your purchase of fuel, when I pull up at a pump, I always pull up to a hose on the opposite side of the filler cap so I have to stretch the nozzle to the otherside, thus avoiding any lag or loop where the fuel can get trapped. it's a bit like when a man visits the mens room for a number "1" and you shake your winkle at the end too release every drop. Most hoses are long enough that they pull over to the other side. This won't work if you have a high sided vehicle like a van or Hummer.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:50 PM   #17
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Most pumps around me have 3 hoses. It was just this summer (after owning the bike 3 years and a 91 octane car for 4) that my friend and I were riding and low on gas when we stopped at a one hoser and he brought up this quandry.
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A while back I heard Click and Clack talk about this. They swore at most pumps it is no more than 1/3rd of a gallon left in the hose.
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I must have had a brain fart - yes the pumps I get gas from are one hose units too and I press a button to select the grade. As far as the length of the hose, it may be a 8 foot hose but the pipe it is connect to is up in the air high up over the pump and there is pipe running back down so the total length is pretty long. If you use Sunoco I think it gets blended at the nozzle by pumping the High Test and the Regular in two separate lines to the nozzle.
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Yup, round here they have 2 tanks, regular and premium, and midgrade is mixed at the pump.
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