Though many motorcycle owners don’t realize it, their bikes may be equipped with electronics that detects engine knock. When theMOB computer adjust ignition timing to eliminate knock, performance suffers. Amsoil Motorcycle Octane Boost (MOB) offers an economical solution.

What is Engine Knock?
Understanding engine knock, also known as detonation or free ignition, requires an understanding of octane. Octane is a standard measure of gasoline performance.

The three most common octane ratings include the following:

  • Anti-Knock Index (AKI)
  • Research Octane Number (RON)
  • Motor Octane Number (MON)

 

AKI is the rating most motorists familiar with. It’s typically displayed on gas pumps as the average of the fuels RON and MON. RON  is the most common industry rating. Amsoil, therefore, uses RON when conducting performance tests and product validation. Gasoline’s RON generally is a few numbers higher than the AKI posted on a gas pump (e.g. 87 octane fuel a regular pump gas has a RON of about 91-92)

The higher the octane, the more compression the fuel can withstand before igniting. Low octane gas is susceptible to uncontrolled and early ignition in the combustion chamber. It causes knocking or pinging sound, robs the engine of power and, left unchecked, can cause catastrophic piston damage.

Engine Detuning Offers Opportunity
Some modern bikes are equipped with the knock sensor that adjusts timing to compensate for low octane gasoline and eliminate engine knock. Unfortunately, when timing is adjusted a decrease in performance results. Rough idling lack of throttle response of the most common side effects of the engine saving itself from low octane gasoline. Many people don’t even know this is occurring. Engine knock may be eliminated by raising the fuel’s octane number.

By increasing octane three numbers, which eliminates knock or ping and maximizes power and efficiency, Amsoil motorcycle octane boost offers a low-cost solution to engine detuning and helps maximize bike power and performance.

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Controls Harmful Deposits
In addition to increasing octane number, motorcycle octane boost maintains engine and fuel system cleanliness. It’s active detergents help prevent deposits for improved efficiency. For initial cleanup Amsoil recommends Quickshot (AQS) which contains a greater concentration of cleaning agents.