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Question mileage??

What kind of mileage are you guys getting? I have an 09' Versys (greeeen). i have re-geared it, 43 tooth rear sprocket, put a Leo Vince SBK GP exhaust on it and added a Dobeck Performance EJK module (stage I settings, but cruise is only 1/2 LED above stock). i'm getting right at 47 MPG, seems like it should be a little more but I'm not sure what others are getting. There's only 1022 miles on the clock right now, so it may improve with more break-in. Any inputs would be appreciated..


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I think getting 47 is very good. When I am hitting it hard down the highway, especially into the wind, I have hit the low 30's. Normal cruising around town and backroads, I usually get between 40 and 50. Don't sweat it...just ride...
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2009 with stock gearing, I'm consistently getting around 50 mpg (usually with very little variation) when I'm traveling or doing highway riding. If I flog it, it drops down to more like 40 or even a little less.

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Actual mileage is over 6% more than indicated with 43T rear (6.98% over stock gearing) or 16T front (+6.67%) sprocket... Your speedometer however, is now very close to accurate.
I average an actual 56 miles per US gallon (67 miles per Imperial gallon). Fuel mileage drops substantially at freeway/autobahn speeds under sustained 5200+ rpm, and considerably more beyond.

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Between 41 mpg and 48 mpg, depending on the time of year. This is using the tiny US gallon and actual mileage, compensated for 43T rear sprocket.



As you saw, I have a 43T rear sprocket too, but I think your mileage depends much more on your average speed and how often you accelerate hard, than on the gearing you have. Your wind resistance increases with the square of your speed: Go twice as fast, your wind resistance goes up 4x as much.

I usually ride 75 mph, I think I could improve my mileage by 2-3 mpg if I would ride 65 mph and accelerate more slowly. ...But where is the fun in that?

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Actual mileage is over 6% more than indicated with 43T rear (6.98% over stock gearing) or 16T front (+6.67%) sprocket... Your speedometer however, is now very close to accurate.
I average an actual 56 miles per US gallon (67 miles per Imperial gallon). Fuel mileage drops substantially at freeway/autobahn speeds under sustained 5200+ rpm, and considerably more beyond.
what is your gearing?
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what is your gearing?
I'm at about 5% over stock with 15/45 sprockets and taller 150/70-17 Conti Trail Attack rear tire.
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47 is great and a new bike break-in is well over with after the first 20 miles so what your getting is what your getting. Its all down hill from here:-) Gas mileage really depends on how you ride and whats going on with your bike as far as say how old the spark plugs are and how often you clean your air filter, etc., etc.

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Another classic example of the missing search button...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=6760
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I average between 46-47 mpg commuting...have gotten as low as 42 (sustained high-speed--85-90 mph--riding) and as high as 52 when it was brand new and I was taking it easy for the first couple of hundred miles. Mine is an '09 with stock gearing, just about ready to turn 7K on the clock.
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I have a stock geared 08' with a Arrow can. If I dont ride hard, Ill get 47 or 48, but usully get low 40's to mid 40's.

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My green '09 (with 180 miles on it now) got 47 MPG while I was breaking it in via the MotoMan method
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm .
My red '08 REGULARLY gets 50 to 55 MPG (occasionally as much as 66!!!), which is what I expect from the "Green Hornet".

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My green '09 (with 180 miles on it now) got 47 MPG while I was breaking it in via the MotoMan method
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm .
My red '08 REGULARLY gets 50 to 55 MPG (occasionally as much as 66!!!), which is what I expect from the "Green Hornet".
50-55 miles per gallon is very impressive (66 wow!)

I usually do 45 MPG on stock tires. I ordered dual purpose tires (shiko's 705) and I'am expecting a drop of a few MPG.
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What kind of mileage are you guys getting? I have an 09' Versys (greeeen). i have re-geared it, 43 tooth rear sprocket, put a Leo Vince SBK GP exhaust on it and added a Dobeck Performance EJK module (stage I settings, but cruise is only 1/2 LED above stock). i'm getting right at 47 MPG, seems like it should be a little more but I'm not sure what others are getting. There's only 1022 miles on the clock right now, so it may improve with more break-in. Any inputs would be appreciated..


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I have a 43T rear sprocket, two bros slip on and Power Commander IV. Depending on how hard I ride I get anywhere between 33 and 48 MPG
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I usually do 45 MPG on stock tires. I ordered dual purpose tires (shiko's 705) and I'am expecting a drop of a few MPG.
I ran a set of 705s on my KLR, and I reviewed them on several sites (including this one I think), and though they handled great, I personally will NOT recommend them. Keep a REALLY good eye on the tread blocks for incipient separation, BEFORE you get separation!

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Filled up my new '09 yesterday at 415 miles TOTAL on the ODO, but first - SOME DISCLAIMERS:
1. I removed the charcoal canister because I won't be in California;
2. I NEVER fill-up unless I'll be riding at least 15 miles, because...
3. I fill-up while straddling the bike and I put gas into the "filler tube" to that part where the final tube part is, that 'melds' into the opening you get when you open the cap, and that's 1/2" to 5/8" from the very top (about an extra .3 US gallon by my reckoning); and
4. I broke-in the engine via the MotoMan method in the first 50 miles.

I had ridden 263.7 miles on that tank, most of which was at highway speeds of around 75 mph (between 55 and 85 in reality) because of 2 round-trips into Phoenix on the interstate, and, although I had been on the last guage 'segment' for a few miles, it only started to flash a mile or two before I filled up, so I figure that there was about 3.5L gas still in the tank.

The fill (to my USUAL point) was 4.662 USG which means I got 56.56 MPG, and STILL had around 50 miles to tank dry!

For those of the "Imperial gallon" persuasion - that converts to 70.7 MPG!

I am BLOODY WELL IMPRESSED!

I thought I got good mileage on my KLR at (BEST...) of 78 MPG Imperial, but that's ONLY attainable traveling around 55 mph (90 kms/hr)!

...Guess the Versys is a KEEPER.

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