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Versys MPG per Kawasaki Website

Up until recently the USA Kawasaki website listed the MPG fuel economy for the Versys at 53mpg. I noticed today that they now have the 2011 Versys listed at 49mpg. Has there been any changes in the engine/motor function from the pre-2010 to the post-2010 Versys?

Also, some of the older Versys reviews list 89-91-94 fuel octaine recommendations. Now 87 octaine is recommended. Just wondering if the engine/motor settings have been tweeked by Kawasaki with the 2010 make-over?

Is fuel economy/MPG consistant from the first tank onward or is there a slight increase/decrease as the bike is broken in?

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Interesting, my 2009 has gotten 55 MPG from day one and still does 10,000 miles later. I have always run it on 87 octane since it has a lower compression ratio than the other bikes with this engine (or so I have read).

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As I can only quote my figures in imperial gallons, all I'll say is that the best mileage I've got out of a brimmed tank is 260 miles. That covered pretty much all types of riding from motorways to single track roads. I was impressed tho'.

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Up until recently the USA Kawasaki website listed the MPG fuel economy for the Versys at 53mpg. I noticed today that they now have the 2011 Versys listed at 49mpg. Has there been any changes in the engine/motor function from the pre-2010 to the post-2010 Versys?

Also, some of the older Versys reviews list 89-91-94 fuel octaine recommendations. Now 87 octaine is recommended. Just wondering if the engine/motor settings have been tweeked by Kawasaki with the 2010 make-over?

Is fuel economy/MPG consistant from the first tank onward or is there a slight increase/decrease as the bike is broken in?
After a couple of 1000 miles/kms the ecomony will increase marginally as the motor free's up a bit but nothing to write home about, all bike cars are the same.
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Maybe its 49mpg at 87 Octane and 53 mpg at 89 octane.

Fuel economy should improve after the first oil change, as the original oil is of a special kind to help break the engine in. (Also, you shouldn't do 120 mph with that oil.)

My all-time low was 4.44 l/100 km = 53 mpg, with a 2008 Versys.
My average is 4.90 l/100 km = 48 mpg.
All with 95 octane fuel (which is the worst you can find in Germany)

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My Versys and my '07 Ninja 650R both take 87 octane fuel. Higher octane than prescribed will not increase fuel economy. Finding fuel without corn in it will increase fuel efficiency.

Then Ninja got closer to 60 MPG which I am sure is due to better aerodynamics and taller gearing.

The Versys with all the farkles I have hanging off of it has been consistant at 50 MPG.
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With a 43 tooth rear sprocket, my 09 V mileage (odometer reading adjusted for the smaller sprocket) varies between 57.5 and 59.5 running on paved backroads at 40 to 60 mph.
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Maybe kawasaki just changed the way they test fuel mileage. The auto makers used to have a problem testing fuel mileage. They would test indoors at 55 mph which was not realistic at all and would give much higher numbers.

I don't think gearing is going to change fuel mileage much. I think the biggest impact is riding style. Some people get between 40 and 50 mpg. Others get between 50 and 60 mpg. You can probably guess the riding style of the latter.

And of course how much corn is in your fuel can have an impact.
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My 2010 is doing consistently 22 to 23km per liter, that is almost 420km for the full tank. Using semi syn ELF 4 T EO with oil change interval at 3,000 km and filter change at every 10,000km.
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Fuel economy should improve after the first oil change, as the original oil is of a special kind to help break the engine in. (Also, you shouldn't do 120 mph with that oil.)
Funny we always un-crated them and filled with normal 10W 30 from the 55 gallon drum in the shop (they don't ship with oil in them). Maybe they do it differently in Germany?

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Huh, guy at the stealership told me they run "the good stuff" premium/ultra... and i've been getting 55-63ish-2010
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Maybe its 49mpg at 87 Octane and 53 mpg at 89 octane.
This certainly should not be the case. Higher octane gas (especially with added ethanol, but also other formulations) actually has lower energy content than lower octane gas. Unless your engine is burning gas pathologically (and there is no indication of any "pinging" on my Versys and it runs 86 octane - which is the lowest grade in much of the mountain states), then the more octane, the poorer the fuel efficiency (but in some cases this may be a negligible difference).

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I think the biggest impact is riding style. Some people get between 40 and 50 mpg. Others get between 50 and 60 mpg. You can probably guess the riding style of the latter.
I think that it is interesting that you state that "You can probably guess the riding style of the latter." Does that mean that we cannot guess the riding style of the former? By the way, my Versys has averaged (according to fuelly.com) 56.5 MPG this year (on a little over 6000 miles ridden).
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I think that it is interesting that you state that "You can probably guess the riding style of the latter." Does that mean that we cannot guess the riding style of the former? By the way, my Versys has averaged (according to fuelly.com) 56.5 MPG this year (on a little over 6000 miles ridden).
Sorry, poor English on my part. I'm sure you can guess both.
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I think the biggest impact is riding style. Some people get between 40 and 50 mpg. Others get between 50 and 60 mpg.
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If you ride hard, your mpg will go down, it you take it easy, your mpg will go up...pretty simple really. My mpg varies as much as 10 mpg (High 52, low 42). I think Kawasaki's new number (49) is pretty accurate. On my daily commute, I average between 46-49 mpg. I am amazed how people can consistently get get 55 and up mpg. Even when what I consider to be babying it, I get 50-52 mpg, and any time I break into the 50's it is a very rare occurance. I guess it all goes back to the original point: it's all about how you ride it.

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Sorry, poor English on my part. I'm sure you can guess both.
No need to apologize. I was wondering if there was something that I was not understanding with your statement.

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How about an aftermarket pipe as a potential variable? I have a LeoVince slip on my '09 and get 45mpg. Time of year of operation makes a difference too. Early spring or late fall gives me as low as 38mpg probably due to warm up times.

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Time of year of operation makes a difference too. Early spring or late fall gives me as low as 38mpg probably due to warm up times.
In the past I have seen lower MPG at cold temperatures. If you think that it is due to warm up times, then the Thermo-Bob is for you! I would highly recommend it, although you can open yourself up to quite a bit of sniping on this forum. Since my commute has changed substantially, I have not been able to develop good data about the efficacy of the Thermo-Bob for eliminating cold temperature MPG issues. Even if I did, I am not sure some people on this forum would believe the data.

I will admit that I am a conservative rider and that contributes to the 56+ MPG that I achieve on my '08 Versys.

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Funny we always un-crated them and filled with normal 10W 30 from the 55 gallon drum in the shop (they don't ship with oil in them). Maybe they do it differently in Germany?
That was just what my dealer told me. Not sure if that's because of unique German riding conditions (Autobahn!), warantee, fuel quality, company policy, or sth else.

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This certainly should not be the case. Higher octane gas (especially with added ethanol, but also other formulations) actually has lower energy content than lower octane gas. Unless your engine is burning gas pathologically (and there is no indication of any "pinging" on my Versys and it runs 86 octane - which is the lowest grade in much of the mountain states), then the more octane, the poorer the fuel efficiency (but in some cases this may be a negligible difference).
I just figured the V is not equipped with a knocking sensor, so you're right, it won't take advantage of higher octane fuels. My fault.

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I seem to notice the biggest difference in MPG for me on any bike I've ever owned is more about top speed. I am sure there is benefit from a mellow right hand, but calm as you'd like, going 85 for a tankful (super slab) is always much lower than even spirited riding when top speeds don't get much above 60 (twisty two lanes).

In my experience anyway....

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i also get between 42 and 52 mpg. depending on fast i'm going. running a tankfull at 75 and faster is going to give me about 42 mpg. i have been running premium in my bikes for years, because ive been told that premium lets your engine run cooler. if that's not true, i'm ready to switch to mid grade.(89 octane). also, i'm wondering if my odometer is accurate with a 16 tooth front spr. anybodt know?
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