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post #1 of 18 Old 01-14-2015, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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I was out riding I-10 in West Texas last month into a strong headwind traveling at about the posted speed limit of 80 mph. At times I was WOT and my fuel economy dropped to 26.41 mpg for the leg into Van Horn. For those conditions, the DL650A is a somewhat under-powered, but it does still get the job done and I am happy with my choice for a first bike. Almost anything smaller would not be able to perform adequately in that environment.

After I get a few years of riding experience, I will get something with a bit more go, perhaps a Super Tenere, and utilize the DL650A for my daily commute.

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I was out riding I-10 in West Texas last month into a strong headwind traveling at about the posted speed limit of 80 mph. At times I was WOT and my fuel economy dropped to 26.41 mpg for the leg into Van Horn. For those conditions, the DL650A is a somewhat under-powered, but it does still get the job done and I am happy with my choice for a first bike. Almost anything smaller would not be able to perform adequately in that environment.

After I get a few years of riding experience, I will get something with a bit more go, perhaps a Super Tenere, and utilize the DL650A for my daily commute.

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I crossed New Mexico/ Arizona last May riding with some friends. A couple of riders on Connie 14's passed a at least half a dozen times during the day often doing triple digits. They ended up checking into the same hotel about 10 minutes ahead of us. At that point we'd been on the road for over 14 days.

Horsepower and speed are only part of the equation.
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... Horsepower and speed are only part of the equation
A true statement.

I was not speeding. Instead, I was riding at about the posted speed limit of 80 mph and into a strong headwind. I was riding with traffic. Even then, at times I was WOT, which was both a bit of a surprise and memorable. I gave it a bit more twist and there was just nothing left. The sustained work load was just at the point where I was going to need to downshift to get the engine into a higher part of the power curve.

Ideally, a bike should have enough power to cruise along the highway in the highest gear and still have enough power to accelerate for a safe pass around a truck. For the conditions in West Texas the DL650A is a bit marginal at least when the winds are strong.

For that ride, my momentary maximum speed was 89 mph, my moving average was 78 mph, and my overall average was 72 mph with the vast majority of my time spent on roads with 75 and 80 mph speed limits. I was never passing anyone multiple times at triple digest. I was never close to triple digits, nor would I recommend that type of riding behavior to anyone. Making good time on a long ride is about stopping fast, not riding fast, it is about time management and keeping the bike rolling along the road instead of sitting outside of a restaurant or at a gas pump.

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A true statement.

I was not speeding.
Sorry, didn't mean to imply that you were...

Ref. more HP for the 650.... it's not for me.
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Riding in high winds sucks anyway. On any bike, IMO. It's just a lot of work and not that fun. I love living and riding in the west. Some of the best roads. But also some of the worst winds. And some years are bad with long periods of wind. For inclement weather, I'd take rain over wind.

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Why not just upgrade to the new 1000?


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I was out riding I-10 in West Texas last month into a strong headwind traveling at about the posted speed limit of 80 mph. At times I was WOT and my fuel economy dropped to 26.41 mpg for the leg into Van Horn. For those conditions, the DL650A is a somewhat under-powered, but it does still get the job done and I am happy with my choice for a first bike. Almost anything smaller would not be able to perform adequately in that environment.

After I get a few years of riding experience, I will get something with a bit more go, perhaps a Super Tenere, and utilize the DL650A for my daily commute.

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Do you have the large side cases that stick way out into the windstream? Those will slow you way down in a strong head wind.
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I have a Givi AirFlow screen, wind deflectors, a Givi tank bag, and I had a range bag strapped to the back. I have not saved up the coin for panniers at this time.

Why not just upgrade to the new 1000?

I bought my bike last May and I have only ridden it about 19.5k miles. It is not even a year old and I see no reason at all to get another bike for at least a few years. The DL650A was about as big a bike as I wanted to get as a new rider and I am very pleased how well it has performed, but this thread was about Mo' Power, and I was simply relating a situation in which it would have been nice to have had a bit Mo' Power.

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I am curious if you run it in 5th gear under same circumstances what RPM you would be running and how that would affect it. You might be surprised and get a little better mileage if you are comfortable running it at the higher RPM (wear ear plugs). You would likely not have to be WOT to maintain the speed with the headwind. I also have the Givi airflow and my mileage has decreased a little bit with it on. I really get quite a variance on mileage with the dl650.

I also have an r1200GS and it is not capable of the kind of mileage the DL650 can get. Under conditions like you had the R1200GS gets better mileage though. It never has to be at WOT so the engine is working as hard to maintain the speed. It just has more of it power available in top gear at highway cruising speed. The r1200GS best vs worst is about 10MPG difference where the DL650 for me best vs worst is about 30-35MPG difference.

I'm not saying buy a bigger bike or an r1200GS. I prefer the DL650, just try varying riding style and see if you have different results.

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