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post #1 of 147 Old 08-25-2013, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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DL650 Average MPG

Suzuki DL650 MPG Reports | Fuelly

I thought you guys would like looking at this gas mileage site on your bike.
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That's really cool, but for some weird reason my '09 is not on the list, and Ive got 163 fill-ups tracked on fuelly....

Wee-Strom (Suzuki VStrom DL650) | Fuelly

I'm right n the median at 51MPG total overall. I thought I had the most fillups but I see someone with over 200...nice!

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Sounds about right... Wonder what is up with the super low averages?
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Sounds about right... Wonder what is up with the super low averages?
I'm guessing either track days or way, way too much pizza....

- Or - they think they are Vees: http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/suzuki/dl1000

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I just returned from a three day trip which consisted of 80 mph highway running to twisty mountain roads. One tank I only got 40.2 mpg and one I got 60 mpg! What a wide range!
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Yeah wide range is what I get also. I tend to hover around 49-52mpg. But I do take long 900+ mile trips. If I'm on the highway running indicated 80-85 I get waaaay down around 40-42. I was visiting my brother and we ended up cruising around these very cool almost one lane roads a couple days and never went over 55mph and I ended up getting 62mpg!!!! My brother (on a harley) had stopped a second time for gas. The only reason I put gas in mine was because I thought my gas gauge was broke. So yeah, High speed hwy runs = 40ish, average driving = 50ish and slow cruising = super high 60ish!
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I've averaged 62 mpg for my first 8000 miles. The bike computer for this entire period estimates 58 mpg for this entire period. That's for mostly rural roads at 55-60 mph and very little urban or interstate time.

Then earlier this month my wife and I rode both bikes 1200 miles through Colorado. Twisty mountain roads slowed us down to as slow as 25 mph at times due to switchbacks, dirt roads, etc, but there were also some 65 mph highway stretches. We generally followed the speed limits. Over those 1200 miles we averaged 70.0 mpg and the bikes estimated 63.7 mpg. Something odd happened there. Maybe wind resistance dominates the Glee mileage?

A friend riding his Road King (2-up) got about 32 mpg. It's a 1999 carburated model. He was looking for gas every 120 miles. We could go almost 3 times as far on a tank.
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I bought a used '07 wee with 14K. I have not done any engine maintenance on it yet.
With hard bags, trunk, & a full load it got 38 mpg going 70 with a bit of head wind. Normal I guess, but unimpressive.
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Lifetime numbers for mine.

http://www.flyingjoke.org/motorcycle...nsumption.html

n.b.: Most people seem to not realize that one tank tells you nothing useful about fuel consumption. The tank is so small that minor variations in fill level will significantly change your calculated consumption. You need to average over several tanks to get anything meaningful.

There's no doubt that wind resistance is the biggest detriment to fuel economy on these bikes. Over 60mph, fuel consumption increases markedly.
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and another thing ...

I think that because our speedos are so inaccurate (they nearly always read high), it's likely that the fuel economy on these bikes is worse than it looks, and that this likely accounts for some of the variation. Mine currently reads about 10% high, at my present state of tire wear and load; I've seen it as low as 5% with new tires.

(I realize there are those who say that the odometer is accurate and only the speedo is not, but I do not see how that can be true, since they both receive the same input from the same source, and the accuracy of that source varies widely based on many factors.)

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