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Improving Gas Mileage

Very happy, I've just finished my second tank of fuel and my mileage or range has increased significantly. I think my first full tank carried me right around 200 miles. This last tank was 235 miles. I may have let it go longer before filling as the fuel gauge on the Versys tends to hop around a lot after half a tank is passed and especially once it's on the last two bars. A bit surprised by this as my Ninja 650 tank was very steady and fairly linear as the fuel was used.


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I've learned on a smaller bike like the 650 fuel mileage is better than advertised when you are conservative with the right hand.

In heavy winds or lots of highway speeds, fuel mileage is awful.
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Maybe I will track on fuelly, I've used that resource quite a bit when motorcycle researching.

I knew the Versys was going to deliver good mpg and more importantly range due to the larger size of the tank. I'm just happy that I'm getting so close to 250 miles. Of course the tank wasn't empty when I filled it either, I think I put in something like 3.7 gallons of gas if I remember correctly. I just get a bit of anxiety when the last bar starts flashing.

The first bike I toured on was my 84 CB650 and I could get 140 miles if I pushed it to reserve. My Ninja 650's best was right around 190 but typically I was closer to 170+ when I filled the tank.


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I have several fill ups on my V1k with 3000 total miles since January 2017. I don't pay too much attention to the gas gauge or range meter because of issues mentioned on forums and reviews. I pay attention to the trip meter. I go at least 200 miles before filling up. The most I've had to put in is about 4.2 gallons. With that being said I know the Versys 1000 will go at least 220-250 before empty so I know your 650 will do at least 250 and probably closer to 300 if you are out on the highway staying 75-80 mph. I get 40 around town and 47-49 out on the highway on 200-250 mile days.
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I have several fill ups on my V1k with 3000 total miles since January 2017. I don't pay too much attention to the gas gauge or range meter because of issues mentioned on forums and reviews. I pay attention to the trip meter. I go at least 200 miles before filling up. The most I've had to put in is about 4.2 gallons. With that being said I know the Versys 1000 will go at least 220-250 before empty so I know your 650 will do at least 250 and probably closer to 300 if you are out on the highway staying 75-80 mph. I get 40 around town and 47-49 out on the highway on 200-250 mile days.
I seriously considered the V1K over my 650. I like the power, comfort and center stand (especially the center stand). Other owners I spoke with said 175 miles per tank was their average. That plus other costs of ownership steered me away. In the 650's favor I really like the shorter wheelbase, that was a big factor.

I'm used to using the tripmeter too, matter of fact I reset it every fill-up, just a habit from my old Honda.


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I just hit 1900 miles this morning. I noticed that the mpg went significantly up after about 1200 miles or so. I was averaging 38-44 mpg during the first four tanks of gas, and the last three fillups have put mileage in the high 40s. I use the trip meter, too. I divide it by the number of gallons I filled up and then reset it. Most recent tank was 47 mpg.
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...I just get a bit of anxiety when the last bar starts flashing....
On my '15 the last bar flashes from 5.6L remaining (just under 1.5 US gallons), which is good for another 75 miles AT LEAST.

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On my '15 the last bar flashes from 5.6L remaining (just under 1.5 US gallons), which is good for another 75 miles AT LEAST.
Yea, I figured that out after I put in 3.7 gallons of gas and did the math. Still, that darn flashing light, even though I know better, it's like an itch I can't scratch.


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I made a little stick-on notice : "FLASHES AT 5.6L" in case I forget....

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I don't worry about motorcycle mpg. But for me the good mpg is off set from the bad tire wear (2700-3000) miles I get .So what I save in fuel I spend on tires.
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I don't worry about motorcycle mpg. But for me the good mpg is off set from the bad tire wear (2700-3000) miles I get .So what I save in fuel I spend on tires.
holy crap how are you only getting 3k out of your tires? i have over 4k on mine and ya the rear is starting to square off a bit but i have tons of tread left in them... and its not like a baby them either


and ya i dont worry about the mileage to much on my bikes (i keep track of it but dont stress to much) any bike will always get better mileage then my damn truck lol i think i get 10-15 mpg US in the damn thing

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Be sure to actually do the math, too. My 2015's computer consistently thinks I'm getting 3-5 MPG less than I actually am.

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Be sure to actually do the math, too. My 2015's computer consistently thinks I'm getting 3-5 MPG less than I actually am.
Decalectomy was my favorite mod. Did you do a sprocket swap on your bike to get better mileage and throw off the instrument cluster a tad?
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My V gets pretty crappy mileage and I have just learned to accept it lol. I am sure it has more to do with my right hand and less to do with the bike anyways.

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How much gas can actually fit in the 650 gen3?

I know that on paper it's 21L/5.5Gal but usually you can't put as much as the specs claim.
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How much gas can actually fit in the 650 gen3?

I know that on paper it's 21L/5.5Gal but usually you can't put as much as the specs claim.
I USUALLY fill to the top of the neck, AS LONG AS I'LL BE RIDING AT LEAST 15 TO 20 MILES before I shut-down, and that adds about .4 USG, so I get MORE in than the 21L/5.5g.

On THAT note, today I filled up after riding 438.8 kms (272.6 mi), putting in 17.49L (4.62 USg). BTW - I rode two-up for 238 kms of that...!

My fuel mileage works out to: 25.01 km/L; 70.6 mpgImp; or 56.4 mpgUS, and that's on my '15 V 650LT, wearing Shinko E705 rubber.

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Yea, I figured that out after I put in 3.7 gallons of gas and did the math. Still, that darn flashing light, even though I know better, it's like an itch I can't scratch.
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I average 50 mpg on my 650, running regular old 87 octane with 547 miles on the clock.
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I USUALLY fill to the top of the neck, AS LONG AS I'LL BE RIDING AT LEAST 15 TO 20 MILES before I shut-down, and that adds about .4 USG, so I get MORE in than the 21L/5.5g.

On THAT note, today I filled up after riding 438.8 kms (272.6 mi), putting in 17.49L (4.62 USg). BTW - I rode two-up for 238 kms of that...!

My fuel mileage works out to: 25.01 km/L; 70.6 mpgImp; or 56.4 mpgUS, and that's on my '15 V 650LT, wearing Shinko E705 rubber.

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That's sounds more like it. Like I've said, I get 47-49 on the bigger V1k on the highway on long rides and 40 around town. I even got 43mpg on my Concours on a 210 mile ride to Idyllwild this past weekend. That included climbing through the Ortega Hwy and the climb to idyllwild is about 6000 feet.
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