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post #1 of 50 Old 05-20-2014, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Best fuel mileage

What is the best average fuel mileage you have gotten out of your glee? (whole tank fuel mileage) The best i have gotten once was 67.4. that tank was mainly exploring and rowing through the gears on back roads. gently lol

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yeah, same here. My best tank was 67 mpg (U.S. gallons). Same story, back road riding mostly for that tank. Worst was 48 mpg. It was in the winter, and on the freeway. I average 59 mpg overall. It is really exceptional mileage for a 650. My burgman 400 from years ago averaged about 62mpg. My first bike, Ninja250 got about 69 mpg. Yamaha Fz1 I averaged about 44 mpg. KLR650 I got 52mpg. BMW s1000rr averages about 35mpg.
By the way, all the mileages I am reporting are based on calculation, not based on gauge. Glee's gauge tends to understate a little bit, so did my burgman's gauge. Suzuki is so modest. well, I know there's a speedometer error there. So not too far from the truth.

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I keep seeing mention of 60-something mpg, and just can't fathom it. I don't ride hard at all, but for a whole tank, my best (since keeping track on fuelly.com) has been 53.5.

My last 7 tanks have ranged from 49.7 to 53.5. I can't imagine anything that would give me 10+ MPG more per tank, outside of a tailwind or drafting a truck for a whole tank.

My riding usually includes day trips and a weekday commute of about 8 miles, half 65mph highway, half 4 lane city traffic with about 5 stoplights.
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My riding usually includes day trips and a weekday commute of about 8 miles, half 65mph highway, half 4 lane city traffic with about 5 stoplights.
65 mph is not the most fuel efficient speed for vstrom, maybe that's why. From my experience, that best mileage for Vstrom happens around 40-45mph constant throttle. above 70mph, I generally get around 52-54 mpg or lower.
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not easy to to 45 in Florida- anything under 75 - 80 is tough. I have seen my mpg drop with a GIVI Air flow- however- it is a work of Art....

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yes it seems the best mileage range is in the 40-45 mph area. i was also very ginger on my throttle barely taking it about 4k and hardly making the engine work. if you ask me i have the most fun on that bike at around 50 mph and just cruising on back roads and hitting the twisties at a mellow pace.

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2006 Kawasaki Brute Force 750
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Yes, the revs/speed factor is fundemental when it comes to mpg. The higher the revs, the more fuel will be used over a given distance.

Over here in Jersey, a small island 9x5 miles, with a speed limit of 40mph, the best mpg i've had is 58mpg, with an average of 54mpg. I use the bike every day to get to work, to get out to jobs, and getting home and to the shops. For a period of 2 months last year, I visited the same petrol station, kept my fuel receipts and made a note of how much fuel was put in and the mileage on the odometer for eash visit. From that information I was able to work out a precise mpg.

In top gear at 40mph, revs are at exactly 3k. But because of the small size of the island, there's a lot of stopping and starting, and so i don't get to cruise at 40mph much! If I could cruise at 40mph for a few hours, I reckon I could easily attain 65mpg+

The next time I take the bike over to france, where cruising at 55mph is easy on their national routes, without stopping and starting every two minutes, I'll take note of fuel consumption and mileage, and see what mpg I get.

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I get 60 mpg frequently in the summer (09 wee), but thats usually on the BR parkway going 45mph. Motorcycles are very unaerodynamic and speed hurts mpg more than a car.

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When I first bought my 2012 ADV model I kept getting 53MPG on a tank. After the Winter was about to hit and the temps dropped to low 40s and upper 30s my MPG went down to 47-48MPG. This season I started early with days that had temps in low 20s still around 46-47MPG. I also noticed that I'm more agressive with the bike shifting at 5K and often riding at 4-5K when in 5th gear. Seldom I go to 6th but when I do I'm at 65-70 mpH and then I get 45 MPG. I will try to remove my cases and take it easy to see how it affects the fuel consumption.
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You guys have to understand that these mpgs of 60+ are not on the highway. I've gotten close to 65 putt-putting on dirt roads where I rarely exceeded 40mph. But then I've gotten as low as low 40s pushing a headwind across Nevada at 70-75 mph, too. It's a huge swing and depends on how you ride for that tank.
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