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    My touring partner had trouble with his ZX-10R in France in June. Coughing and spluttering low down in the revs. 2 different sports bike gurus in France put it down to essence merde. They said only ever use 98 and get the plugs changed. I'd always used the cheapest in my Fireblade and have never had a problem (are Fireblade more agricultural than Zx-10Rs?) but only use 98 now. Just done another 3000+ miles in France and Spain on 98.....no problems.

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    I do the same journey by the same route every weekday on my scoot. If I put Tesco momentum in it feels like it runs better and according to my spritmonitor a/c it returns enough improved mpg which covers the cost difference.

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    French fuel is E10 which is a higher ethanol % innit?

    The only diff I noticed was worse fuel mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    I do the same journey by the same route every weekday on my scoot. If I put Tesco momentum in it feels like it runs better and according to my spritmonitor a/c it returns enough improved mpg which covers the cost difference.
    Oh no. High grade supermarket fuel. Do we approve of Supermarket fuel or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefTrap View Post
    French fuel is E10 which is a higher ethanol % innit?

    The only diff I noticed was worse fuel mileage.
    That'll be due to those smaller French metric litres, not our proper imperial litres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    iirc...

    I've forgotten what point I was trying to make.
    That'll be too much sniffing petrol to identify the additive package!

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    Quote Originally Posted by burty View Post
    Oh no. High grade supermarket fuel. Do we approve of Supermarket fuel or not?
    Never had a problem with supermarket fuel, so yes I approve of it.

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    I have used supermarket fuel in all my cars and bikes. Not religiously but typically in preference 'normal' fuel. I've not knowingly had any real problems, although my bandit developed a flatspot if i ever filled up with Asda fuel from the isle of dogs Asda.

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    Use mainly supermarket fuel and never had a problem to date in either car or bike. My 690 Duke says use super unleaded when possible so I do, but that's the only reason and the fuel economy is so good (60mpg+) and the tank so small that it still costs less than my older R6 on normal fuel.

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    I was actually meaning to ask the same thing but just not git round to it yet.

    I have been using tesco momentum and I'm not sure I could really say I noticed a difference between that and the standard stuff. It costs about the same as the standard in a bp or shell near me so I've taken to going to tesco.

    Am I better off with basic fuel from shell or bp or other instead of better from tesco?

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    Default Re: is cheap fuel damaging your bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by iainpi View Post
    Am I better off with basic fuel from shell or bp or other instead of better from tesco?
    The basic fuels are all pretty much the same, after all there are only a handful of refineries in the UK and they all serve multiple suppliers. The big difference is the additive package, and if you buy a premium fuel you'll get a better additive package. The question is whether it's worth paying the extra, some people find it is, others find it isn't. Try it and make your mind up.

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    First question is :- Where is this cheap fuel?

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    Supermarket fuel for me in both car and bike. Both run fine and are economical. I stuck Shell VMax in the Daytona 900 (carbed bike) and it made no difference. Did the same with a FI Sprint RS and it was much happier. My CBF500 gets Sainsbury's cheapest fuel 95% of the time and goes well enough for me.

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