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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.
 

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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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I have my meter set to km/l and it's usually showing less by 1-2 km/l than I get calculating from km / fill.

I didn't buy the bike for the economy, but it is a pleasant bonus :)

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O.K. another data point. Long distance ride, usually somewhere near the legal limit 100-110kph. This is about what I'd expect on a long trip.

26.5 km/l
 

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O.K. another data point. Long distance ride, usually somewhere near the legal limit 100-110kph. This is about what I'd expect on a long trip.

26.5 km/l
Oh, and the new DL is faster point to point than the old one, higher corner speeds, better acceleration.

I'd have times to back that up, but I stopped to help a crashed rider :)

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O.K. another data point. Long distance ride, usually somewhere near the legal limit 100-110kph. This is about what I'd expect on a long trip.

26.5 km/l
Which is 3.77L/100km (62.4 US MPG / 74.93 UK MPG). So 500kms / 300miles from a tank is definitely possible.

I'm still around the 3.9L/100km (72.43 UK MPG, 60.31 US MPG) mark riding to and from work.
 

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61.5 MPG during break-in on the 2012

It may be a bit unfair, as I am riding a gentle break-in period, but I've just done my second fill-up and got an actual 61.58 MPG. That is slightly better than the instrument read-out which hovered around 58-61.
I never got close to that on my '08, which usually got me 51 miles/gal.
At this point I'd guess that Suzuki wasn't exaggerating the improvement in fuel economy on the 2012.
 

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I've been riding my bumble wee for two years now and get a consistent 52-4mpg when riding around town. Lots of stop and go but rarely over 60 mph for any length of time. But take it on the freeway..........hold 70-75 mph for a couple of hours and the mileage drops to 46-8 mpg. I've got a 16 tooth to install to help on the freeway. Lots of pro and cons on the change from 15 to 16 teeth.
 

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It may be a bit unfair, as I am riding a gentle break-in period, but I've just done my second fill-up and got an actual 61.58 MPG.
After getting about 43 MPG in mostly city riding, I just did my first mostly-all-highway road trip at the tail end of my break-in period and got just under 54 MPG (just over 194 miles to fill up with 3.6 gallons). I guess I haven't been as "gentle" as you, I kept it around 4500-5500 RPM no matter what gear I'm in it seems, and after I crossed that 500 mile reading on the odometer partway through my trip I cranked it up to 6500 for a good few stretches... I would say for the vast majority of that 194 miles I was doing 70-75 MPH indicated on the speedo (110-120 km/h in metric), with some drops to 65 and some bursts to 80 MPH.

That and I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs. and have a top case, so I may present more wind resistance and weight than you do on my bike :)
 

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When I broke in my 2003 Kawasaki I got great mpg and it went down from there in normal use. Breaking in a new 2012 with the improvements Suzuki has made should return good numbers.
Mostly the mpgs will depend on how you flog it with a that tank of fuel. I've gotten as good as 72.3 mpg with a 800ST beemer in Colorado. Even my old 1100RT-P cop bike got 62 mpg in Colorado. Iv'e gotten in the 50's with the Wee without the saddle bags.
THe variables are numerous.
It's still fun to run the numbers and point out to your riding comrades that their bikes are pigs compared to yours! :biggrinjester:
 

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I noticed my mileage on 4 mile short rides back and forth to work in 32 deg or less weather is around 41 while a longer ride in 71 deg weather was 52mpg, still better than with my diesel pickup, think Im getting 10 mpg or less in the first conditions. But this is only the 2nd tank of gas so I hope for better in the future.
 
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