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260 (ish) Km Per Tank?

Well, I've done the calculations and after a few rides on my "new to me" 2007 Versys with approx. 80,000km I've discovered that my mileage / kilometres per tank are weighing in at approximately 250 / 260 km, total, including the reserve on a 19 litre tank.

My testing has occurred through the cold month of December.

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I get between 350 to 400 per tank depending on how much I twist the throttle
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I usually fill-up around 375km (235 miles); and usually need only 3.5 to 3.9 gallons (US).
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Le's see if I can do this and have it make sense to me - a mile and gallon person.

260 km x .621= 161.5 miles. 19 liters x .264 = 5.02 gallons. Then 161.5 mi ÷ .5.02 gal = 32.2 mpg or 13.7 kpl. This, of course, assumes the math is correct (I believe it is). BTW, to convert mpg to kpl multiply 32.2 mpg by 0.425143707 - really! Talk about precision overkill.

13.7 kpl doesn't mean much to me but 32.2 does and it seem pretty low. But I have to say that I don't check fuel consumption very often. I'm too busy smiling and enjoying the ride.

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That's a bit high as far as fuel consumption goes

I usually do 325 km + on my tank
Think I got 400 once, but upon fill up, I had put almost 18 liter in tha tank, so I was on vapor ...

And since I bought the bike, I've average 5.3 liters per 100 km (10k km)

And I alwyas ride it like I stoled it

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Le's see if I can do this and have it make sense to me - a mile and gallon person.

260 km x .621= 161.5 miles. 19 liters x .264 = 5.02 gallons. Then 161.5 mi ÷ .5.02 gal = 32.2 mpg or 13.7 kpl. This, of course, assumes the math is correct (I believe it is). BTW, to convert mpg to kpl multiply 32.2 mpg by 0.425143707 - really! Talk about precision overkill.

13.7 kpl doesn't mean much to me but 32.2 does and it seem pretty low. But I have to say that I don't check fuel consumption very often. I'm too busy smiling and enjoying the ride.
I agree, it seems waaay tooo low - any thoughts?
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I agree, it seems waaay tooo low - any thoughts?
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80000 km ≈ 49600 miles so a thorough service would seem to be a good thing. Forum member fasteddiecopeman has a couple high mileage Versyses ( Versyii?) and might offer some good first hand advice.

The only bike I own that has high mileage is a BMW K75S and it runs like a Swiss watch. And with 53000 miles, it's barely broken in.

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I get 400 km to a tank, yours has a problem
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Well, I've done the calculations and after a few rides on my "new to me" 2007 Versys with approx. 80,000km I've discovered that my mileage / kilometres per tank are weighing in at approximately 250 / 260 km, total, including the reserve on a 19 litre tank.

My testing has occurred through the cold month of December.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks for checking in!

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Where are you, and how cold has it been for you in December?

Any idea of what maintenance was done if any, and at what mileage? Check you air filter, which may be dirty and/or over-oiled... Valve adjustment and spark plug replacement, followed by a throttle body vacuum synch would be advisable, beside a general checkup. Tires are inflated to 32 psi front and 36 psi rear once cooled to ambient temperature? You run on 10W-40 oil? Ethanol-free and/or premium gasoline would help as well.

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I've been tracking my milage religiously on Fuelly.com. I average 5.1L/100km for mostly city riding. With highway touring it can improve to 4.2L/100km. That's with a MK1 Versys.

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Mileage can vary widely with city/highway and riding style. Mine has varied from 4.1L/100km to 6.1L/100km over tracking 20,000km on Fully.com. If you want to get it down to the low 4's it will require constant speeds 90-100kph and gentle throttle application though.

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I consistently get over 400 kms per tank on 91 pump octane (95 RON) ethanol-free gas and Amsoil AFF synthetic 0W-40... Higher speeds and rpm's will have a substantial impact on fuel efficiency.

Kms/litres X 2.354 = Miles per US gallon

Kms/litres X 2.825 = Miles per Imperial gallon
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My avaerage on Fuelly is 4.7 L per 100 km
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Thanks Team!

I've now got some homework, and I will get back to you!

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I usually get between 300 to 350km per tank, the former is when I'm commuting via tollway and the later is when I commute within the city. The difference is the speed, when I commute via the tollway I'll be running WOT at some points, doing 100+ mph, braking hard when there is traffic and WOT again past the traffic. When I commute in the city I ride at much lower speeds.

When I go on weekend rides with my friends, all of them have sportbikes, I do push her a bit harder. Then I get around 250km per tank.

Yeah, I can get 400km per tank, but it is too damn boring. How do you ride?
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80000 km ≈ 49600 miles so a thorough service would seem to be a good thing. Forum member fasteddiecopman has a couple high mileage Versyses ( Versyii?) and might offer some good first hand advice.

The only bike I own that has high mileage is a BMW K75S and it runs like a Swiss watch. And with 53000 miles, it's barely broken in.
I filled up the other day (4.826 US gallons) for 241 miles = 50 mpg. As I can get 5.4 gallons in to the top of the 'neck', that gives me about 266 miles to tank dry. I have got as much as 60 mpg, and USUALLY nearer to 56. At 56 that gives a range of just over 300 miles, or 500 kms.

My '09 in BC gets SLIGHTLY lower mileage....

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I think I'm way heavier I the throttle than you all. Averaged around 43 mpg on a 1600 mile trip, but fell as low as 35 going 90mph into a headwind with all my gear. It's totally riding style dependent, as well as the roads. Curvy roads will make you want to slow into and power out of them.

My mileage is crazy when I cap my speed at 60mph and just put around. I've been using honda 10w-40 synthetic (no kawi dealer in my town) but I'm going to try Shell T6 5w-30...

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I filled up the other day (4.826 US gallons) for 241 miles = 50 mpg. As I can get 5.4 gallons in to the top of the 'neck', that gives me about 266 miles to tank dry. I have got as much as 60 mpg, and USUALLY nearer to 56. At 56 that gives a range of just over 300 miles, or 500 kms.

My '09 in BC gets SLIGHTLY lower mileage....
Ah hah. It must be that inferior Canadian petrol. Any suggestions to the original poster as to what he might do to improve his mileage? I've expended my thoughts.

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I've been using honda 10w-40 synthetic (no kawi dealer in my town) but I'm going to try Shell T6 5w-30...
You mean Shell Rotella T6 5W-40... Diesel engine oils are a poor choice for your motorcycle. Some Shell Rotella oils may happen to be pass the JASO MA test for wet clutch high friction applications, but they're still a diesel engine oil, besides not being formulated for use with combined transmission. It fares relatively low as far as engine protection is concerned.

http://speedtalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32279

-Thermal Breakdown BEGINS SOONER with Diesel oil, than with gas engine oils, which is not desirable for High Performance gas engine usage. And as you can see by looking at this short list of “high zinc” gas engine oils, or by looking at the complete ranking list below, there are many, many gas engine oils available that are FAR SUPERIOR to the best Diesel oils in terms of wear protection. Therefore, using Diesel oils in high performance gas engines is NOT the best choice, if you want superior wear protection with plenty of margin of safety (extra reserve wear protection above what the engine typically needs)...
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