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post #1 of 2 Old 05-28-2018, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel range 400km. (Loaded, secondary roads)

Okay, first off; good morning and happy Monday!!

I went to the Horizons Unlimited event this past weekend. I fueled up shortly after starting off, resetting the trip meter as well as comparing it to the indicated range on the fuel range screen.
After filling up and driving a short distance, the range settled right around 410kms. Thatís with a full tank, right to the brim.
Once I hit the 280km mark, I checked the indicated distance travelled against the fuel range remaining, and it still correlated that I would have about 400km in this tank. (At 280km indicated on the trip meter, the fuel range indicated 130 odd kms to go...so a little more then 400). This morning, the fuel light came on at right around 338km indicated, with 88km range remaining. So itís been fairly consistent since fueling.

This entire trip was done almost entirely on secondary roads, not that anyone cares, but for those familiar with the roads between Barrie, and Rice Lake Ontario I took the 400 to Davis (that was the only stretch of Highway, about 30kms worth 110k/hr), then across Davis taking secondary roads out to Rice Lake, including, thank you Siri for this, about a kilometer of loose gravel. Managed to keep the bike up though having both front and rear searching for traction did make for an adventure, before ending up at the event.

I had both OEM panniers loaded with gear, and a 70l First Gear Dry sack on the tail. It was loaded with all my camping gear plus my tent. Not sure what the weight was, but I am going to guess it was AROUND 20kg in the drybag. In the panniers, not really sure since I didnít physically lift them. Also for reference, I weigh around 68kg, or 150lbs. Personally I think 400kms range with the roads I was on, with multiple acceleration and deceleration and stops and starts, with the load carried, was pretty damn good. As a plus, the bike this morning shifted nice and smooth for the first time. Looks like 2800kms was the break-in point.

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post #2 of 2 Old 05-28-2018, 10:44 AM
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i had a similar experience this last week Filled up in Lake Tahoe and got down to Mariposa Ca after 250+ miles and the Bike wasn't on low yet. I got 58 mpg for the secondary/main highway travel.
Not pushing wind at high speeds seems to be the major factor.
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