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I'm planning a two week-long trip next month, and a large part of it will be in rural (US) areas. I'm guessing it's likely that I'll come across gas stations in some areas that will only have 89 octane regular gas instead of the 93 octane I usually use, and I'm not sure just what to do when that happens. I've only had my 2011 Multi for a little over 6 months, and I'm not exactly sure how much latitude I have to deviate from Ducati's recommended minimum octane rating. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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I've run 87 when forced to, the bike handles it okay.

Don't worry about it, if you really are stressing, carry a bottle of techtron of seafoam and put it in as you fill the lower octane fuel

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Here in India our normal fuel is 87 octane and the premium is 91. You could go for the super duper premium at 97 octane but it's not available easily. I have had a 2010 streetfighter 1098 and the multi DVT. I can confirm that there has never been an issue with fuel and the bikes have run fine on them.
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Thanks. I thought about carrying a bottle of octane-boosting fuel additive, but the Ducati service manual warns against any kind of fuel additive. Does the octane-boosting additive really work?

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Thanks. I thought about carrying a bottle of octane-boosting fuel additive, but the Ducati service manual warns against any kind of fuel additive. Does the octane-boosting additive really work?


For my 7000km trip to north india I knew fuel would be an issue. I had carried a small bottle of fuel injector cleaner with me. If and when I felt that the pump I was using may not have the best fuel, I added a small amount of cleaner(less than the recommended amount) just for piece of mind. I have no idea if it did its job or not but I had no issues anywhere.
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I┤ve run my -10 MTS1200 since it was new on 95 octane RON (EU standard for octane) which equals 84-85 octane MON or 90 octane (AKI) or (R+M)/2
So first look what standard they are using in the recommendation and then look at what standard you get at the pump.

It seems the US usually uses Anti-Knock Index (AKI) or (R+M)/2. 95 regular RON is what I use, that gives you 90 Anti-Knock Index (AKI) or (R+M)/2 octane.
So you should be fine. I believe the MTS1200 single spark (2010 - 2012) is rated for 92 octane RON or 87 octane Anti-Knock Index (AKI) or (R+M)/2. Double check the manual on that.

IF you should drop to low in octane, its not a huge problem. The engine will "ping" or self detonate before the fuel/air mixture is suppose to be ignited by the sparkplug and your going to feel a temporary loss in power at high loads (full power) and you can stop that with just closing the throttle slightly until it stops.
If you do happen to have low quality fuel in the Engine, then just try and nurse it and dont go tearing around with it. Not that your possible going to have any issues. The compression ratios and so on on the MTS1200 is nowhere near the high compression of a full sports bike. Just be extra mindful if you combine low quality fuel with lots of uphill and high altitude. Higher altidude does impact on the Engine and your more likely to get into trouble.

The good thing is that octane mixes easily, so stopping for a quick quarter or half tank premium fill up before heading up in the hills is a good idea.
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FWIW: Brenda (Wife on ST3s) and I ('04 ST4s and now MTS) have for over 10 years often stopped for gas on trips "out west" where there was one and only one choice to get fuel for many miles around; to find that the singular gas pump had only "regular" 87-88 octane. We filled 'em up and took off for another 150 miles or so of wide open spaces at a "fast touring" pace. I cannot say that either of us ever experienced any significant issues with any of our Ducs using such fuel. That said, when I do have a choice I always choose the highest octane rating available (although sometimes I do wonder why).

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That said, when I do have a choice I always choose the highest octane rating available (although sometimes I do wonder why).
Ducati's recommended fuel for your bike is Plus grade — so why would you ignore it? Simply stated, you'll make more power using Plus than using Premium grade fuel.
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You could carry a small can of Boostane and the provided Boostane phone App to adjust your octane up as desired.

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I'm planning a two week-long trip next month, and a large part of it will be in rural (US) areas. I'm guessing it's likely that I'll come across gas stations in some areas that will only have 89 octane regular gas instead of the 93 octane I usually use, and I'm not sure just what to do when that happens. I've only had my 2011 Multi for a little over 6 months, and I'm not exactly sure how much latitude I have to deviate from Ducati's recommended minimum octane rating. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I've spent my whole life in rural 'murica... never had a problem getting 93 (well... 91 at least).

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