i would bet it's pretty close to that. last winter i had my buddies 01 600xc running around with my other friends 01 800xc. with the 800 on the regular setting and the 600 on premium they'd stay side by side until somewhere around 55-60mph. switch the 800 to premium and it would walk away right from the line.
before i did anything to my 800 my buddy and i both had stock 01 800xc's. we tried a couple different races with them. leaving one on regular and the other on premium, the sled switched to premium walked away pretty quick.
i was told by my dealer to run good regular gas on the premium setting and it puts more heat in the pipe, due to timing. i noticed no difference in performance sled still ran 109 on the gps and was still peppy and crisp. to me its a mental thing. i know there is suppose to be a difference on the top end between the 2. if the sled is modified from stock then i doubt you will notice, if its stock i could see a little performance difference switching from one to the other.
The switch does make a difference,I was WOT racing a buddy side by side across a lake and I switched to the premium switch on the fly and instantly started pulling away. I have heard it adds 3hp on the 600s.
Guys - it does make the different. I dont believe it helps to improve off the line, but it does give you few more ponies at the end of the lake. Thats what the magazine says about the '99 XCR800s at that time. WL.
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