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Gas mileage and range

I'm sure it's been done before, but I thought it would be good for us to share experiences with gas mileage and range.

This morning I filled up and got the best mileage/range I've ever had (in 7 months of ownership): I went 281.4 miles and put in 5.1 (!) gallons for a mileage figure of 55 mpg. I figure I still had .1 to .3 gallons left.

I always fill my tank about halfway up the neck. Not recommended, I know, but I also always fill up when I'm on my way off on a ride.

I never fill it that full and then park. To do so would result in the hot engine heating and expanding the gas and overflowing the tank. If I gas and go, I use enough gas from the tank before it has a chance to expand, thus increasing my range.

Note: you should not do this with California bikes with the charcoal canister. Overfilling the tank will fill the canister with gas, not a good thing.

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Mine is still breaking in and I am beating it hard. I am also the size of a sasquatch, and I still saw 46mpg when I filled up today. I was blow away considering how hard I was putting the whip to it.
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I'm sure it's been done before, but I thought it would be good for us to share experiences with gas mileage and range.

This morning I filled up and got the best mileage/range I've ever had (in 7 months of ownership): I went 281.4 miles and put in 5.1 (!) gallons for a mileage figure of 55 mpg. I figure I still had .1 to .3 gallons left.

I always fill my tank about halfway up the neck. Not recommended, I know, but I also always fill up when I'm on my way off on a ride.

I never fill it that full and then park. To do so would result in the hot engine heating and expanding the gas and overflowing the tank. If I gas and go, I use enough gas from the tank before it has a chance to expand, thus increasing my range.

Note: you should not do this with California bikes with the charcoal canister. Overfilling the tank will fill the canister with gas, not a good thing.

Anybody else?

Michael
The lowest was 42. The best has been 60. My avg is 50.
The gas mileage on the Versys is good but I miss the 7.7 gal fuel tank of the ST 1300 I used to have.
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I think mineís run from a low of 44 to a high of 56 and I normally get right around 50 MPG (back roads, no highway, no stop & go traffic).
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You can see the last majorly ethanol-poisoned Winter gas on 4/19 and after that I have averaged about 45 mpg. I usually go about 190-220 miles before getting gas.



I have fork lights that are always on, a Large CalSci windshield on a Madstad bracket that is usually almost all the way down, I accelerate rather quickly but ride mostly highway (commute) at 70-75 mph. I weigh 220 lbs and my hair is dark brown.
There, that should be all the information you need to make a comparison to your situation and gas mileage.

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Dark brown hair versus light brown costs you 1.3 mpg in my estimation.

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My last tank I traveled 233 miles and I put in 4.5 gallons for 51.7 MPG x 1.07
(for the 43 tooth rear sprocket) for a 55.4 MPG.
I am @ below 1000 ft altitude around central Texas.So I can expect even better in Colorado this summer.
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High altitude will decrease the mileage due to lower oxigen level. That is why here 10% ethanol is used year round. However, you should be able to run on midgrade fuel saving you a couple of pennies per gallom. I live @ 6,000ft and average about 50. Go to about 55 on highway lots of climbing in most of my rides so it's not a good comparison.
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I have a '10 and have seen the MPG vary all over the place. I usually fill up at Walmart (Murphy's) and use Super with 10% ethanol in it and while breaking it in, saw it as low as 38 and as high as 49 which was my best so far. I rode in the R.O.T. parade in Austin, TX this weekend and thought I was running out of gas but it only took 4 gallons and I must have miscalculated or my trip meter messed up because I only figured 33MPG which is way too low. Or maybe someone "borrowed" some of my gas while the bike was parked at R.O.T. but I find it hard to believe someone would do that. I had been riding the SH130 toll road at 75MPH for 40 miles each way for 3 days in a row so maybe it was the wind or something. I will check my MPG with the next fillup and see what's changed. My riding style varies but with 1600 miles on the odometer and the bike broken in now, I have been getting on the throttle just a bit more because it's so much fun and that's even with a 44 rear sprocket. My next farkle will be a tall CalSci windshield and a Givi rack for my trunk so we'll see how that affects my MPG.

Edit: Oops! I just remembered someone mentioned the odometer would be off with a 44 on the rear so I wonder if that is why my MPG was only 33. Does anyone know what the error is? I checked the speedometer with my Tom Tom GPS and it's exactly the same but have not checked the odometer yet.
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Beg to differ w/ you Boricua.I consistently show better MPG when going up in altitude.Less air is compensated w/ less fuel and less power.
10 % ethanol is run year round,everwhere,that I'm aware of.. I always run low grade in everthing unless the motor demands a higher grade.

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I usually get around 48MPG. I ride my bike hard when I can. I weigh 260 so I'm carrying some weight, and have a top box on for some wind resistance.

Many people buy their bikes to "save money". I realize how much this thing is costing me over driving my truck even at 3 x's the mileage.(cost of bike, tires, gear, other stuff I have bought for it) I bought this bike to have fun and don't really care what my mileage is as long as I'm smiling.

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Most of my rides go from 6K to 10k averaging 8K ft. I don't pay attatention to fuel effeciency all too much in the V. However, my car's computer tell me over 8K fuel efficiency suffers.

Or it may be the up hill to get there. Where in CO are you planning to ride? I know of a few off the beaten path routes I can share.
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I track my mileage using Fuelly, like Pretbek. I average 42.2 mpg and 143.1 miles per fill up. But I always fill up with one or two bars left, so this number is probably lower then most.


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I've been averaging around 44-46 mph running hard around local twisty roads to small towns 20 to 30 miles away and around town. Planning on my first long trip to Wis. first weekend of July. Will def record my mileage and hope for better!


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Where in CO are you planning to ride? I know of a few off the beaten path routes I can share.
I am half heartedly planning a scoot out that way to ride the million $ highway south and another east of there back north. been thinking about Pikes Peak and then try to follow the continental divide north to the Glacier Nat. Park area.

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I ride till I nearly run out, then I ride again until I nearly run out. I measure my rides in terms of enjoyment. It's actually pretty simple.

If you guys are down to the point that you desperately need to get 47 instead of 45 MPG, you better switch to a bicycle or walking. This is another silly anal retentive thread.

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If you guys are down to the point that you desperately need to get 47 instead of 45 MPG, you better switch to a bicycle or walking. This is another silly anal retentive thread.

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I do about 100 miles a day by finding the longest possible way to get to various restaurants & back... when I have a slew of really good places to eat within 5 minutes of my house. IOW, I couldnít care less about how much gas I use while Iím riding in aimless circles to nowhere.

Given that weíre all riding the same bike; comparing relative gas mileage is a pretty good method of analyzing the effect of various modifications, state of tune and potential problems, etc.
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I'm still trying to figure out how my brother manages 55 mpg on his CBR900RR while I typically only get 50 on the V. He has almost 50% more displacement and nearly 300% more HP.

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Trade bikes with your brother for a week, then compare MPG. It might be your riding style.


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I'm still trying to figure out how my brother manages 55 mpg on his CBR900RR while I typically only get 50 on the V. He has almost 50% more displacement and nearly 300% more HP.
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which 900rr are u talkin about?

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I'm still trying to figure out how my brother manages 55 mpg on his CBR900RR while I typically only get 50 on the V. He has almost 50% more displacement and nearly 300% more HP.
regarding the engine?

the 900rr, the 929 or the 954? theyīre all different regarding power and fuelling, so is consumption too..


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