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post #1 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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A different fuel milage question?

I am new to vstrom. I have only ran 4 tanks of gas through it. The 1st two tanks I shifted below 5000 rpm and got 55mpg. On the third tanks I shifted between 5000 and 6500 rpm and got 57mpg. This sounds backwards to me, did I not fill up the tank the same? Or is it lugging the engine to shift too low and therefore burn more fuel.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 09:43 PM
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Let's just say you are being smooth and your bike is happy. Get ham fisted and go for the gust-o and you mpg goes to sh-t!
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fuel economy is more dependent on throttle position than rpm

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The flow of air into the engine and the exhaust out have a bearing on mileage. The design of our Stroms makes the engines hum at the higher rpms you ran. You weren't lugging the engine at the lower rpms, but a bit higher is sweeter.

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The horsepower and torque available is higher at higher rpms. It takes a smaller throttle opening to deliver adequate power. People who have installed larger front sprockets to reduce rpms at highway speeds have reported no improvement in fuel economy.

There are too many variables in determining fuel economy to say anything about your two tank comparison to say much beyond it not being particularly surprising.

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My first tank was 38mpg , but I don't know for sure if the dealer truly gave me a full tank. I will get closer number this tank because I know it was full to the top.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-05-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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I think the difference in mileage was due to the way it was filled up but I thought the mileage would go down but it didn't. I'm glade
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