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post #1 of 13 Old 03-22-2014, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Vee gas mileage question

So was new this fall to a K5 Vee and am getting about 44 mpg on paved roads. Pretty happy with that number, but am planning on riding some longer dirt roads this coming summer. Any thoughts on what to expect mileage wise on a dirt road? I do realize that it could vary a lot due to conditions, etc. The roads I will be traveling are forest service type and should be in fair condition. Any insight would be helpful as I really don't want to run out of gas back there!

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44 is pretty darn good. If it were me, I'd make all plans based on 25-30. If you end up with more fuel than planned....call that a safety margin.

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Unless you are doing power slides and such your mileage just might be higher under those conditions. You will probably be riding under 50 mph a lot, and that can make a lot of difference in fuel use.

Some of the highest fuel mileage I have seen is riding unmarked back roads in the mountains.

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Never broke it down road-wise but generally get 38-42 mpg with a PCIII.

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I usually count on 35 mpg off road

Not to mention it can be a long way to a fill up
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Thanks for the replies. Several of the roads I'm looking to ride this summer are 100 to 200 miles of dirt. Plan on taking my time and exploring them and camping overnight. I will be doing a few shorter roads to get a feel for the bike on dirt and to get an idea on mileage. So it seems to me that if I figure 30 to 35 for a start baseline, I should be good to do some of the shorter rides to gain some experience. When looking at a few of these long rides, gas is the biggest concern that I see.

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Please let us know what you find. On the one hand, probably not gonna twist the throttle as far on dirt as on pavement. On the other hand, probably gonna be in a lower gear, so fewer miles traveled.
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Slow going dirt roads where you stop and go, work the clutch on steep climbs, lots of second gear time etc, is not going to produce great mpg's.

The only time I see over 40 mpg is when I cruise above 65 mph in 6th, but I do run a power commander / Big B map. Running 70 mph in 6th will get me 41 mpg if there is no head wind.

At 44 mpg your already way ahead of me. I fill up around 190 miles when the last bar starts flashing, thats around 4.4 to 4.8 gallons. Seems like I see 186 to 190 miles for 4.8 gallons often around here riding quickly. Not much difference on dirt roads. So 38 to 39 mpg in my norm and I live on a dirt road. I've gone 226 or so a few times too. Hardly ever pump in more than 5.0 gallons even then. But, I just fill up when the last bar starts flashing to be safe most of the time and that's usually 180 to 200 miles depending on my mood.

With that said, I always get better fuel economy out west since the elevation is greater where I ride. Riding near sea level burns more fuel, haven't ridden the Strom out west yet, but my FJR would get about 8 to 10 mpg more above 5,000' MSL. I was getting 52 mpg from a FJR1300 going from Leadville to Aspen... I usually get 40/42 mpg at home.

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Well, the 44 mpg was on my last ride on a two lane 65 speed limit road. Used overdrive a lot, just cruised along turning about 4 grand, plus or minus a few hundred. The elevation is about 3,500 feet. Once the snow goes away and the mountain passes get clear, I'll be taking the Strom out on the dirt roads. I think I have a feeling for the mileage, but am most curious to see the real life deal.

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Forgot to mention that the bike was just recently given a full tune up. Replaced plugs, adjusted valves, cleaned air filter, installed a Werks clutch basket (really helps in the low RPM area!), and safety wired the rear throttle body on, along with doing a TBS. :biggrinjester:

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