Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: Frank's BMW Essex Junction, VT
Sadly, with the economy, Premium Gas does not get sold nearly as fast, so it sits in the tanks longer, picking up impurities. Gas stations don't change filters as often as they should. Pumps do not get the maintenance they should. And in some small towns, it seems worse.
The LT can survive a long time on Intermediate grade 89 AKI fuel, just like the cover to the gas cap says. I know some who have had to use regular unleaded gasohol and who have ridden to tell about it. The 1600 GT/GTL engine is not nearly as forgiving of non-premium gas. So the longer the economy stays where it is, the worse this will get.
Of course, as one new station recently remarked, the last time oil was selling this low, gas was $2.42 a gallon, and not its $3.15 to $3.59 a gallon for the same barrel price. And the individual station owners are not the ones getting rich. Which is why these problems happen more often.
I am glad they got you going so quickly and treated you so well.
07 K1200LT Biarritz Blau
80 Yamaha XS850 Black - retired in 06