Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brisbane - Australia
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.