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post #1 of 21 Old 05-31-2016, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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MPH and MPG

I know there are a lot of posts on the MPG of the Vee, so bear with me.

My commute is about 110 mile round trip with about half in the twisties, and half 4 lane slab. They recently upped the speed limit to 70, meaning that the average speed pushed 80mph. Well, the mileage of the 650 dropped to where I'm now getting about 45-46mpg as opposed to the 50+ I was getting when I had my short commute at 55mph.

I know the Vee doesn't get the mileage the 650 does, and I know as the MPH goes up, the MPG goes down, but does it drop as much as the 650?

I know most don't buy a bike for mileage, but for me, my bike is as much of a tool as a toy, and while the 10 mpg will only mean an extra few hundred dollars thru the year, I still think about it.

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Umm wrong forum this is for the 1000cc bike, we're lucky to break 40MPG at those speeds...bugger off the the high mileage forum...

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Umm wrong forum this is for the 1000cc bike, we're lucky to break 40MPG at those speeds...bugger off the the high mileage forum...

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His question is "At highway speeds, does the DL1000 mileage drop as much as the DL650 does?"

So yes it belongs here.


Short answer is yes it drops. Does it drop as much as a percentage, I don't think quite as much but it certainly and noticeably drops.

Main thing from my commuting perspective is that the range is quite a bit less. I need to gas up every second day and in colder weather and if riding at higher speeds I sometimes barely make my gas station where I never rely had a concern with that on my 2012 DL650 (which had the same commuting trip for the last couple of years I had it.) Fuel does cost quite a bit more as, while it seems to run fine on regular, it is designed to run on super.

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His question is "At highway speeds, does the DL1000 mileage drop as much as the DL650 does?"

So yes it belongs here.


Short answer is yes it drops. Does it drop as much as a percentage, I don't think quite as much but it certainly and noticeably drops.

Main thing from my commuting perspective is that the range is quite a bit less. I need to gas up every second day and in colder weather and if riding at higher speeds I sometimes barely make my gas station where I never rely had a concern with that on my 2012 DL650 (which had the same commuting trip for the last couple of years I had it.) Fuel does cost quite a bit more as, while it seems to run fine on regular, it is designed to run on super.

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This has been my latest pet peeve...since they raised the speed limit, I've lost about 2mpg and I can no longer make 2 full round trips comfortably...at least not without running the tank lower than I like.

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This has been my latest pet peeve...since they raised the speed limit, I've lost about 2mpg and I can no longer make 2 full round trips comfortably...at least not without running the tank lower than I like.
If you can't make it on the DL650 then you aren't going to make it on the DL1000.

I have had three tanks where I arrived at my gas station and had been riding with "0" range on the trip computer. I have put in a bit more than 20 liters a few times (on a 20 liter tank!) and have put in more than 19 liters several times. Thankfully I know the error on the computer and how it works so I knew I would make it each time. I also know that in cold weather our pumps compensate for the higher density of fuel so will show a bit more fuel than was actually pumped.

When I am getting a bit tight on fuel I have actually found it quite easy to stay in the right lane and ride a bit slower without concerns of being run over. If I get into a clump-up of traffic I will boot it around them then go back to the right lane and take it easy.

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Ahh I did not get that...
In my case at "Normal" speeds totally stock I was getting 50mpg
Now with the remap and such it is down to 45mpg.

That is averaging about 60mph for the 45 mile commute each way all freeway.

Out in the mountains I see my mileage drop to about 38 that is combined twisty and higher speed (75-80) mph on the freeway sections.

Dunno if that helps but there ya go.

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My mileage is crap. I seem to be getting about 35 miles to the gallon and yes I get on it a little bit but really? Best I can get is 37 miles per gallon and thats babying it.
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With winds, the 650 did 45-46 mpg. on the next leg I got 59 mpg. It's all in the wrist, Floyd!
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With winds, the 650 did 45-46 mpg. on the next leg I got 59 mpg. It's all in the wrist, Floyd!
Or the bike. Some people get 50mpg with these bikes and some get much less than that. I would be the latter of the two.
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My mileage is crap. I seem to be getting about 35 miles to the gallon and yes I get on it a little bit but really? Best I can get is 37 miles per gallon and thats babying it.
That's way low for a Vee. Is it stock? Performance re-map?
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