Harley questions

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by craigs, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. craigs

    craigs New Member

    Hi folks.
    I am a new harley owner after having had several goldwings and have a couple questions. I see where it recomends i burn 91 octane fuel in my 09 Ultra. Is that something i have to do or is 87 ok???
    Also i have that security business and am not sure how you most of you use that. Do you even carry a key with you to lock front end etc. or do you rely on that security fob? I plan on switching my gas tank lid to a push button thing so i wont need a key for that. Sorry for all the rookie questions.
  2. HDSickness

    HDSickness Banned

    always use a quality 91 octane dont know much about the fob but I always lock the forks and ignition on my 99 r/k

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

    I would Only use 91/92 octane in any of my bikes past and present..

    Why would you want to use the lesser octane in something calling out for 91.?

    Gas today is Not the best stuff and I ONLY go to the Brand Name Stations an try for only the new or well used for fresh gas. Usually Shell/Texaco/Chevron types..
    I know all gas comes out of the same refineries BUT the additive packages are better in My listed stations..
    I tend to stay away from Safeways,Costcos, Usually NO additives is their gas... also the CHEAP town pump or cost less fuels..

    My take on it on your electrical... Can't help as I turn a key and carry a BIG GUN so no theft problems to date.

    Welcome to Harley.:D AND HDT.com

  4. Subby

    Subby Active Member

    If you don't run 91 octane your bike won't perform properly. Your Harley has a high compression engine and it needs the right fuel. The Goldwings you had previously could run fine on 87 octane because the compression ratio of the engine wasn't as high as the one in your new bike. You paid good money for your Harley, why would you not follow the recommendations in your manual?? As far as the key is concerned, I always carry it and the fob with me. With the price of gas getting higher, you might want to make sure that your gas tank lid is lockable.
  5. JPHarley

    JPHarley Active Member

    Like the others said....use the high dollar gas...your bike will like you for that.
    As for the security....I always lock the fork...even in my garage....the harder your bike is to steal...the more likely they will move on to the easier one....jmho
  6. shaker

    shaker Active Member

    I run the highest octane that's at the pump - generally 91 to 93, and I try to keep away from ethanol. It's a 5 gallon tank, so if it were completely empty, we're talking about a 50 cent price difference between what I put in to fill the tank, and a lower grade of fuel. Now the only thing that I can buy with 50 cents is a better grade of fuel - that or maybe two gumballs.
  7. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Use the highest octane gas you can find short of jet fuel.

  8. dbmg

    dbmg Guest

    As the others have said run the highest octane available. As to key, I recommend locking both tour pack and saddle bags while riding. If you have windshield bags or glove box in lowers allot of guys just leave key and fob there while riding. You have to remember to remove fob when locking bike. Remember that no question is a Rookie question, for sometimes a question will make you think.. Good luck and have many enjoyable miles on your Ultra.
  9. FLST

    FLST Active Member

    IMO the security system is one more thing someone has to get past to take your ride. Two summers ago a friend left his RG parked outside his work without locking anything. Someone took it. Fortunately, he got it back unharmed a couple of weeks later. If it had been locked it would have been there when he got off work. The more locks the better IMO.
  10. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators