Originally posted by seanh:
How about leaded fuel availability in Pakistan, Iran, Central Asia? I'm in India with an R65 and have discovered that there is only unleaded. I am getting some fuel additive sent over, but don't know if i need it outside India. Suggestions?
I think this is a bit of a have. Kiwis have run their cars on gas in the 70's & 80's, apparently without any ill effects. When they phased out leaded fuel all of a sudden there was this big scare about lack of valve seat lubrication. Big $ were being made by the peddlers of additives. Nobody explained why gas (which has no lubrication properties) was OK and unleaded isn't.
I have run my R75/5 and K100 on unleaded for a couple of years or so without any problems.
Don't take this as gospel, though. I'm a mechanic, not an engineer.
Personally, I wouldn't bother with additives. Buy leaded when it's available and then don't worry about it. Even if your valve seats do recede the bike won't stop suddenly. Just check your tappets a bit more often.
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,