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So, what M/KPG / Fuel economy are you getting?

It's been a rather large shock to the system, going from my fuel truck KLR to the Versys. Where as on the KLR, I could get 400~ miles to a tank, I'm barely scraping 200 on my 2008 Versys. IIRC, the tank is 5 gallons max? So with that, I suppose i'm getting ~40-45mpg at worse scenario, and right at 200 miles is when i got the FUEL! message.

Have a PC-V installed running the tune for the two brothers pipe on it, and that's when it started taking a downturn in economy. I'll admit, i'm not the most sensible rider, and tend to give it the business quite often. But even being sensible, the fuel marks seem to tick down just as fast.

So! What's a realistic number to expect? What at you getting? Is there any way to maximize fuel economy outside of behaving? I've been curious if there's some way to have an economy map on the Power Commander.
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I'm seeing 50-55 riding like I stole it.


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On MY '08 in AZ, I seem to remember I get in the mid to high 50s, tho' I HAVE been into the 60s a few times.

W/ my '15 I just finished a six day ride to Beartooth Pass, and, over 2129 miles I averaged 57.07 mpgUS.

I REALLY like the "RANGE" option on the built in fuel 'computor', so I ride w/ that selected. I TRIED to run it 'dry' once (carrying another 2 L in a fuel can) but STILL only put in 19.x L 80 kms AFTER the range had gone down to 50 kms, then went to 'dashes', so I could have ridden AT LEAST another 50 kms or so....

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400 km and 60 mpg aus. Totally stock engine just got the LeoVince slip on

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Averaging 55mpg on my '15...


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I run a PowercommanderV +AT200
a hard day riding twisites and did 375 km filled with 17lt = 51.92 US M/G

Try running with a ZERO Map for a tank and see how things are.
Map may not be right for your bike and running too rich.
Have you pulled the plugs ans looked at colurs?
Do you smell fuel when pulling up to stop?
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I have occasionally seen 50mpg when I ride 55 or 60 mph with stock gearing. Otherwise I will see 47 or 48 mpg. On the interstate I get 45mpg at 70 mph. I wonder if these hi mileage reports are stock gearing.
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I am on a 2012 and had a 2011 be four this one. I averaged the same on each one. Just riding normal no high ways I get hi fifty's sometimes very low sixty's. Riding hard, low to mid fifty's. On the high ways it's low fifty's.
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08 - 10k miles, have yet to see 40mpg!
2Bros exhaust (don't think it has been tuned)
New Michelin PR 4 rear tire, 190lbs of dead weight.
Lots of bends, lots of shifting, lots of hills.
This would mean a 20% penalty for island living, pretty much what I find with my cars/trucks.

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last fill up i had 44US mpg. and i ride about 70% city...fuelly is a good site

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usually ~55

I run the 44t rear sprocket - if you don't run stock gearing you have to remember to include the error when calculating mileage.

I usually fill up around 180-200 miles indicated (188-209 actual) but its only 3.5 gallons (54-59 mpg)

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Most of my miles are interstate here in the mountains of WV, most of my *time* is twisties. I have a hard time not wringing it out a little bit on the interstate to get away from the cages. I've been keeping track of every fill up since July 17, my mpgs since then, respectively:

41.5, 39.6, 46.9, 42.5, 46.7, 44.9, 41.1 for a total average of 43.5mpg

Highly recommend the Gas Cubby app, as recommended to me here by another user. I also have a the Zero Gravity Touring windscreen, which I suspect adds a fair bit of wind resistance.
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With mostly city driving on my 2009 V I've been averaging 43.2mpg (5.4L/100km).
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I'm seeing 50-55 riding like I stole it.
On my last 250 mile jaunt to Canon City/Cripple Creek/Deckers, I averaged 46mpg. Most of the highway driving was 'spirited', probably in the 5200++RPM range. I also tend to stay in higher rpms in the twisties. I have a big windscreen now, so that might lower my mileage a bit.


When commuting to work, I get about 40 - 43MPG. I usually crank up the speed on the way home, since I leave after rush hour is over.

I wish I got 50 - 55mpg, but I have a lot of fun riding the bike.

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people need to take into mind that US MPG and UK mpg are two different things...
1 USmpg = 1.2009499255398 UKmpg
44 USmpg = 52.841796723749 UKmpg



just a thing to keep in mind

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I was getting 50mpg consistently for several tanks, but lately I'm averaging mid to upper 40s. My drop off coincided with me tweaking the bike so it fits me better, and now that I'm more comfortable on it I think I'm just riding a bit more aggressively. I get the gas blinking as I'm getting close to 200 miles, and it takes shy of 4 gallons. 200 mile range give or take is very respectable in my opinion.

I also adjusted the TPS counterclockwise as noted elsewhere on this forum around the time it dropped, so maybe I'm running a little richer and using more fuel now? Kind of doubt that would be enough to have a noticeable effect on MPG, but even if it did, it was worth it. It had a noticeable (positive) effect on the way the bike runs.

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On my last 250 mile jaunt to Canon City/Cripple Creek/Deckers, I averaged 46mpg. Most of the highway driving was 'spirited', probably in the 5200++RPM range. I also tend to stay in higher rpms in the twisties. I have a big windscreen now, so that might lower my mileage a bit.


When commuting to work, I get about 40 - 43MPG. I usually crank up the speed on the way home, since I leave after rush hour is over.

I wish I got 50 - 55mpg, but I have a lot of fun riding the bike.
I, too, keep the revs up in the twisty bits, but half of all my rides are downhill, which only makes sense, and I generally run faster downhill.
On my commute I end up behind cars on cruise a lot, or driving while unconscious so they're only going ~50 in a 55.


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Btw my calculations above are with 16t front sprocket
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I have occasionally seen 50mpg when I ride 55 or 60 mph with stock gearing. Otherwise I will see 47 or 48 mpg. On the interstate I get 45mpg at 70 mph. I wonder if these hi mileage reports are stock gearing.
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people need to take into mind that US MPG and UK mpg are two different things...
1 USmpg = 1.2009499255398 UKmpg
44 USmpg = 52.841796723749 UKmpg
just a thing to keep in mind
Silviefox - I believe you got your math wrong. The US gallon has 128 fl. oz. while the Imperial has 160, thus 125% of the US G. Thus 1 mpgUS = 1.25 mpgImp, and
44 mpgUS = 55 mpgImp.

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