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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-19-2018, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 3 650 gas consumption

Hi there,

I average 58 mpg on my FZ6 but whatís the real world mpg for the gen 3 650 Versys?

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Hi there,

I average 58 mpg on my FZ6 but whatís the real world mpg for the gen 3 650 Versys?

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I'm averaging about 53mpg in mixed riding.

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My average since buying the bike (from actual gas receipts) is 50.5 mpg.

Almost exclusively highway mileage.

Individual tank mpg's range from 46 to 58 (again from receipts).

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Mine is around 54mpg with mixed riding. I have an LT and usually ride with the luggage on. Iíve been curious if mpg would improve with luggage off.


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I have seen a high of 60 doing easy riding at elevation, 5000 feet to 8000 range.

The worst was about 50. Most of the time I see 52 to 53 range and I tend to ride moderately hard.

Typically I can go 250 miles and still have a gallon in the tank. I love to see the surprised look on riding buddy's faces when they have to stop for gas, then ask "You don't need gas?"

Mark who I ride with most often has a new FZ-10. 100 miles and he is looking for gas. That big cross plane 4 banger is a thirsty mother.
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I donít track it very much, but my guess is that I average around 50 MPG (US) in mixed commuting/sport-touring. I think hi-lo Iíve observed is 45-55. This isnít a particularly high-MPG bike, but I didnít buy it for that.
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Wow. I'm surprised by your numbers! I can't go pass 47 mpg...bike has 900 miles now.
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Average about 52 mpg, mixed riding suburban and highway. Luggage and top box always on.
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I got 73 mpgImperial (58.8 mpgUS) on my '15 over 8,668 miles last summer.

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Gen 3 650 gas consumption

Just to point out the difference in economy between generations, here are the stats for my 2011 V650, purchased last summer, currently with 30,000+ km on it. I've ridden it 11,600 km in just under a year, including winter riding. All riding is a mix of city, highway, and country roads.

Worst fuel economy has been 6.41 L/100 km. (36.7 mpg US).
Best economy has been 4.36 L/100 km (53.9 mpg US).
Average economy is 5.11 L/100 km (46 mpg US).

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Don't think I ever got into the 50's with my 16. I'm a pretty easy rider too. I averaged 55 with my Vstrom 650 and average 50-52 with my Super Tenere.
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On my AZ '08 I've had as much as 60 mpgUS but usually around the low-50s.

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I usually only average 44-45 mpg on my '08, buzzing the backroads around 60mph

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I commute in Atlanta traffic, so my MPG seems to tank (no pun intended), but even with that the dash tells me I average 43-44 mpg, but based on my own calculations of miles traveled per gallons pumped I'm in the neighborhood of 50 mpg. The dash reading always seemed a little low. Plus it calculates the idle time too, so if you warm up your bike for a long time it zaps your mpg.
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FWIW, I've seen from 48-60 mpg on my 2015. Lower end was freeway droning against pretty nasty winds. High end, who knows? I don't ride really aggressively too often, so that helps get the mileage up a bit.
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The fuel computer may not be accurate if there is ethanol in the fuel. Maybe somebody knows if this is true for our bikes. IIRC, it will read better economy than the actual burn if there is ethanol due to the lower energy content of ethanol. In theory temperature is a factor, as warm gas is less dense than cold gas, but I suspect IRL the difference is negligible.

I do know I get better mileage out of non-ethanol fuel, but it costs the same % more per gallon as the added mileage %. I buy it when I'm near the one station in the valley that sells it, and I make a point of using it for longer road trips.
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The fuel computer may not be accurate if there is ethanol in the fuel....
The MPG figures I've given are CALCULATED figures, NOT from the trip-computor.

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To my understanding, Gen 3 was improved in the fuel economy department thanks to Euro 4 standard.
Something about fuel saving by cutting off the supply completely once the throttle is released (hence the hard engine braking).
I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.

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It MIGHT be because the Gen 3 has an oxygen sensor, therefore becoming CLOSED-LOOP fuel injection.

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