Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

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Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by MarkLH69 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:55 pm

Hi, had my (ex-demo) bike for a week now and 99% all good so far.

My heated pillion seat doesn't seem to work, but I don't often take pillion, especially whilst cold weather.
It shows in the Heating menu, but is on permanently on Min temp and I can't select it to change.
Can only select Grips and Rider seat.
Maybe it's not unlocked for pillion ? . Was meant to be.
Seems odd that it doesn't default to Off. Doesn't seem to get hot. Complains if I unplug it.. canbus I guess.

I already ordered my 40t rear sprocket, Wings exhaust and few other bits too.

Anyway, ..

With the standard ecu map, has anyone tested /noticed any benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia), or should I just run 95 as per book.

My low fuel warning was on after around 300Km .. does that sound right for commuting (mix of city and fast).

Previous Jap bikes seemed to like 98, but my Triumph Street Triple R seems to do better on 95, even with its ecu flashed.

Thanks
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Re: Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by Richard » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:09 pm

Hi Mark,
There is a rotary switch on the left hand side rear just below the rear seat, this is the control for the rear seat.
It turns anti clockwise for min, centre position for off and clockwise for high. There is no control from the handlebars. Sounds like yours is set in the anti clockwise position.

I think this is done to stop the rider having fun with the pillion and making them wonder if they have had a small accident when their crotch gets warm!! Spoil sports!

Fuel consumption sounds about right, I get about 45 mpg so 200 (320ish Km) miles to a tank, never pushed it more than 20 miles after the warning lights though.

Fuel is too expensive in UK to go for the 98 option so cant help there.

Cold weather in Australia? Where are you? I worked in Perth Sydney and Brisbane in your winter time (June/ July) a couple of years ago, it never gets cold.

Cheers Richard

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Re: Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by MarkLH69 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:13 pm

Richard wrote:Hi Mark,
There is a rotary switch on the left hand side rear just below the rear seat, this is the control for the rear seat.
It turns anti clockwise for min, centre position for off and clockwise for high. There is no control from the handlebars. Sounds like yours is set in the anti clockwise position.

I think this is done to stop the rider having fun with the pillion and making them wonder if they have had a small accident when their crotch gets warm!! Spoil sports!

Fuel consumption sounds about right, I get about 45 mpg so 200 (320ish Km) miles to a tank, never pushed it more than 20 miles after the warning lights though.

Fuel is too expensive in UK to go for the 98 option so cant help there.

Cold weather in Australia? Where are you? I worked in Perth Sydney and Brisbane in your winter time (June/ July) a couple of years ago, it never gets cold.

Cheers Richard
Oh thanks heaps .. will check that seat switch tomorrow. I'm in Perth hills (Roleystone). It was 7 deg c early this morning, but is going to be a max of 30 on Friday.. crazy weather but summer is coming !

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Re: Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by DaveNZ » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:07 am

Hi Mark. I run my 1290GT on a mixture of 95 or 98,i don't really notice much difference, i guess there must a 3% gain. BP stations here are the only ones to sell 98, but i always put the 98 in when possible. Your milage sounds similar to what i got before i fitted the 40 tooth rear sprocket. theres a pretty big reserve on these bikes, seems around 6 litres left after low fuel warning.
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Re: Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by MarkLH69 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:46 am

DaveNZ wrote:Hi Mark. I run my 1290GT on a mixture of 95 or 98,i don't really notice much difference, i guess there must a 3% gain. BP stations here are the only ones to sell 98, but i always put the 98 in when possible. Your milage sounds similar to what i got before i fitted the 40 tooth rear sprocket. theres a pretty big reserve on these bikes, seems around 6 litres left after low fuel warning.
Thanks. Mine was flashing fuel this morning, range showing 40Km and it took 19.5 litres .. so had about 3 litres left I think. Found seat switch too

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Re: Heated seats / Fuel 95 RON ? .. or some benefit from BP Ultimate 98 (Australia)

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:47 pm

G'day MarkLH...... from humid and showery Brisbane (it must be a weekend..overcast..threatening... :( ).

I mostly use 95 - Shell or Caltex...... when I've had to use BP98 (country QLD seems to be BP territory) I've had the feeling that the GT likes 95 better.......but that may be down to what is added to QLD's fuel......I know it's supposed to be advised on the pump, but my fuel gauge has acted funny (siezed at half mast for longer than usual after a top up) when using BP98.......never happens with Caltex/Shell......so I wonder if BP in Qld might be slipping some Ethanol in :?

Anyway, 95 is more than fine for the GT......and it will get over 400kms a tank (you have 22 litres avail, maybe a bit more......I haven't proved it yet.....I don't like pushing a bike :lol: ).

Where did you order the 40T sprocket from?......I gave up asking over this side as nobody here was interested (I want the steel Esjot/JT sprocket, not the alloy version).

Ps I've just done my 10,000km oil change so KTM will do the official 15k service later in the year (I'm using Motorex Formula 4T 15w50 semi syn and my Gt does not use any oil. It's so easy to see the sight glass. Oh yeah, try using Motul chain paste.....its a brush on lube, and it is easier to apply on tour than spray on lube.

Welcome to the Orange Tree.. ;)

PS when my Gt was new it got 280-300 to the low fuel warning - so that's all good. As you pile on the kms the motor loosens up heaps, becomes even smoother, and you will see 22kpL on the dash if you are highway cruising. 6th is useless under 130kph, but the 40T will help - I just treat mine as a 5speed :lol:
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