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post #1 of 272 Old 01-31-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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2012 DL650 Fuel Economy

Ok, I thought I would start a thread on this since so many people ask about it and talk about it in the other threads.

On my first tank I got 3.9L/100km, riding to and from work. 60-80kph roads, plenty of traffic near the city.

Since it's been run in and had it's first service I have been riding it a bit harder and the economy has gone to 4.0L/100km. I checked the accuracy of the trip meter. I had done 424km and filled up 17.12L, so that gives 4.038L/100km. So that lines up nicely, the stock guage is accurate.

I've also had a ride on some more open 80kph roads with no traffic. The economy dropped down to 3.2L/100km. I haven't ridden for extented periods at 100kph, but I think it ends up closer to 4L/100km. It gets less economic the faster you go.

So to summarize,
* Careful riding in traffic = 3.9L/100km (72.43 IM MPG, 60.31 Us MPG)
* Harder riding in traffic = 4.0L/100km (70.62 IM MPG, 58.8 US MPG), my old 2004 Vstrom averaged 4.6L/100km in the same conditions (61.41 IM MPG, 51.13 US MPG)
* Cruisy riding ~80kph = 3.2L/100km (88.28 IM MPG , 73.50 US MPG)

PS - We really really need a 2012+ DL650 subforum. The L2 DL650 has more differences to the old DL650's than the DL1000's do.
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post #2 of 272 Old 01-31-2012, 11:22 PM
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Thanks for the info, I was curious to see if the new Wee did really get 10% better mileage per Zuk's claim. Looks like you are getting a lot better. Not many 12's here in the U.S. yet. Would like to see some more mileage reports, not that it matters much as I will probably be replacing my Wee with a new one anyway. I agree you need your own sub-forum

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Quite amazing!... so, 80 kph is a shade less than 50 mph... I wonder how much gas mileage decreases as speed increases to highway speeds (65 to 70 mph.)...

Thanks, it would be good to get more info...and I agree that we need a separate 2012 DL650 sub forum - with all the questions and and info. that people want...

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That is quite good. I just got a 07 Wee towards the end of this year. Put on just over 1000km's with only 3 fill ups. Best mileage was the first at 4.93 L/100 km but because of some late season riding during much colder weather the average reads 5.48L/100. But I think a years worth of riding and more reasonable speeds would average closer to 5L/100.

Now my Honda ST1300 with over 23k for the year has averaged 5.48L/100. A season low of 4.6L/100 and a high of 6.53L/100 which happens to be the last fill up of the year, of course that was Jan 1st this year and most of that tank was ridden with below freezing temps. Not too shabby for an engine twice the size.

Just thought I'd throw that up for comparisons sake and also because I've been considering trading in the ST for the 2012 Wee so this is helpful for me. I too am curious what folks who ride a bit more briskly (100-120km/h) get on average. I suspect somewhere around 4.25L/100?
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Ok, I thought I would start a thread on this since so many people ask about it and talk about it in the other threads.

On my first tank I got 3.9L/100km, riding to and from work. 60-80kph roads, plenty of traffic near the city.

Since it's been run in and had it's first service I have been riding it a bit harder and the economy has gone to 4.0L/100km. I checked the accuracy of the trip meter. I had done 424km and filled up 17.12L, so that gives 4.038L/100km. So that lines up nicely, the stock guage is accurate.

I've also had a ride on some more open 80kph roads with no traffic. The economy dropped down to 3.2L/100km. I haven't ridden for extented periods at 100kph, but I think it ends up closer to 4L/100km. It gets less economic the faster you go.

So to summarize,
* Careful riding in traffic = 3.9L/100km (72.43 IM MPG, 60.31 Us MPG)
* Harder riding in traffic = 4.0L/100km (70.62 IM MPG, 58.8 US MPG), my old 2004 Vstrom averaged 4.6L/100km in the same conditions (61.41 IM MPG, 51.13 US MPG)
* Cruisy riding ~80kph = 3.2L/100km (88.28 IM MPG , 73.50 US MPG)

PS - We really really need a 2012+ DL650 subforum. The L2 DL650 has more differences to the old DL650's than the DL1000's do.
Have you checked your odometer for accuracy? My 2007 reads 2&1/2% high which makes my gas milage seem a bit better than it really is.

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The odometer seems as accurate as the old model.

I'm getting similar numbers to those above. Riding with a K8 the odo's showed the same distance over 288k's < 0.5% difference.

@100-110kph around 4.2l/100km is about what I've got - but I havn't done any sustained runs at those speeds to be certain - that's ~1/2 tank on the open road, half tank commuting - you have any idea how far you'd have to ride to burn a couple of tanks to be sure of the numbers ? .

I do know it does drop with speed, drag starts winning.

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On my 2004 the odometer was pretty accurate, but the speedo was 9% out.

On the new one the speedo is 7% out, but I haven't checked the odometer.

Here is some trivia for you. In Australia we have the ADR's, Australian Design Rules. These generally follow what Europe does.

For vehicles before 2006, the speedo could be accurate +/-10%, but the odometer had to be accurate +/-4%.

For vehicles after 2006, the speedo can't under-read at all, but can over-read by up to 10% + 4-8kph (4 to 8kph, depending on vehicle type). So it can say 114-118kph when your actually doing 100kph. The odometer accuracy rule is gone as there is now no requirement for an odometer.

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Just curious, is your actual mileage even close to what the readout on the dash is indicating ? I'm still breaking in my motor, and running premium alcohol free fuel, but it's showing about 60 mpg (US) on the dash trip meter. Hit a button somewhere the other day, and it started reading 75 mpg, and ambient temp in C, got pretty excited, till I realized it was imperial gallons,I had to get the manual out to switch it back to US gallons and F temp...

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Just curious, is your actual mileage even close to what the readout on the dash is indicating ?
Yes, as I stated in the first post;
"Since it's been run in and had it's first service I have been riding it a bit harder and the economy has gone to 4.0L/100km. I checked the accuracy of the trip meter. I had done 424km and filled up 17.12L, so that gives 4.038L/100km. So that lines up nicely, the stock guage is accurate. "
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ive only done 172mls and this was mixed riding , gentle back roads & then a stint of 70mph motorway for about 80mls and its reading just over 70mpg [imp] on the mpg computer, but havent filled up yet to see how accurate this is ...
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