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Had the bike 2 1/2 weeks now. getting to know the bike by doing lots of riding, done a 170klm ride with 150 of that without getting off the bike to test the factory seat and my tolerance to it. Found i was starting to squirm around. Lot of back roads, visiting local areas, kinda limited as to where to go to new places being on the coast with 2 roads in and out of the area.

Done a lot of slow turns and stops in different situations, getting the feel for the weight and handling. had a couple of, oh oh nearly, could have been drops. Finding my feet so to speak, (not to say it wont happen).

Liking the bike more and more, on the 3rd tank of gas, (PO filled the tank up for the sale).

Got down to the last bar on the fuel gauge yesterday, little fuel icon light started flashing so i thought i would fill up as i had no idea how much would be left in the tank. Got 15 liters in it and ful up. Checking the manual i should have a 22 liter tank, giving me 7 liters on the last bar......

Messed up my trip meter, so still working out my mileage. From what i had i got 15klms per liter.......

Not babying it all the time, as im working out and enjoying the power of this rocket, haven't taken it past 8,000 through the gears or past 150kph on the road............

You will probably get sick of me posting pics of my bike before i do so bear with my enthusiasm.....

Some local shots..........

4 small communities, 3 on a 17klm beach and the 4th around some bends on a small beach
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On the Bingle bay bends, looking back towards Bingle Bay on the left
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Looking tough
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South Mission Boat ramp. Southern most point of the 17klm beach
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Clump point Boat ramp. Just past the northern most point of the 17KLm beach
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It would depend on how full the fuel tank was in the first place. Filling the tank to max or just into start the neck, plus taking into account whether the bike on the side stand or the center stand at the time of filling up, will all register on the gauge as a full tank reading, but may yeld different volumes of physical fuel in the tank. These factors could make a huge difference when calculating the fuel consumption, if not used consitantly on each refuel.
When it come to fuel consumption, there are numerous other factors that also come into play. Besides throttle control, wheel pressure, tire size, binding brake, wheel brearing condition, wind screen size, riding surface and rpm, you are looking at wind resitance from things like weather conditions, wind direction, rider build, luggage size / weight / bluk, loose clothing worn, etc.
FWIW above 6,000 rpm the Wee starts getting thirsty, hence some changing to 16 tooth sprocket.
 

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Engine guards and mx hand guards.....get some for sure. They will save $crunching$ when it does fall over.
 

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Don't have a center stand so fill up on the side-stand close to the top. Cant remember how fill i filled it the first time, took a mental note the last time and reset the trip meter so i can get a proper reading. Realize different riding and weather/gear will make a difference so averages between tanks.The averages will be used as a guage to how many klm's i will be able to get on the last bar on the fuel gauge. Once i have an idea how many kilometers, (on an average), i am getting to a liter i will then run the bike out of gas, (ride conservatively), when it gets to the last bar and check it against the trip meter. Nice to know the thirsty relation to the revolutions. I don't ride hard all the time, stick mostly to the speed limit or 5 to 10 klm's over when in the 80-100 legal limits. more the open road 100kph.

Has anyone done this to work out haw far they can get on the last bar on the gas gauge??. Is the last bar the reserve. (yea i know it is probably in the manual), i will check the manual, lol.

I try to stick to the legal limits lower, especially in the built up areas where the limits are 50 and 60 Kph. What i do find is the bike is more comfortable being in 3rd in the 50kph, (easier to stay in the limit), zone and 4th is ok in the 60kph zone.

Engine guards are something i am looking into. Am on a budget, and I do realize one small spill could cot the price of guards in fixing up or replacing panels..........Have considered making some myself. ??? mmmm.

Been looking at the skid pins SV racing makes.......wondering if they would also help, (if they aren't written off)), in being able to get the bike back up in a driveway fall. Does the bike balance on them to be able to help get it slightly off the ground when trying to lift??

More Skull DL650 porn
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1st pic; Looking north. under the indicator there is a strip of land, (bottom of the hill different colour), is where i took the second shot looking south......... The first pic spot is where the sand ends behind the rear-vision mirror in the second pic
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Crossing Nevada I inadvertently got down to the last bar and the fuel symbol flashing. I slowed to 55mph and made it a little over 30 miles before finding a station & there was still some fuel left in the tank.
Last bar starts flashing at 4.5L
Fuel symbol joins it by flashing at 3L
Both remain flashing until empty.

It's generally not a good idea to run the tank empty since the fuel cools the pump....no fuel = hot pump motor. If you do, as soon as it stumbles, shut 'er down.
 

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The gauge indicator bars aren't very "linear" in the way they guesstimate the fuel level. I track all my fuel fills (and maintainence items) in a log book carried in the tank bag.
Also haven't had my 2007 650 very long (bought in January) and since April have only done four full tanks (filled to the bottom of the fill neck on sidestand) and the first "half" lasts 250 miles of a rather conservative mix of paved back roads and gravel, seldom over 60 mph. Before 300 miles I'm down to the final gauge bar and convienence of location made refueling practical, so I haven't ran it seriously low, like I usually do to explore the total range. The last three tanks have averaged 65 mpg (sorry, you will have to do the conversion math to km/liters) at 63/65/67mpg. I know about the speedometer error but haven't verified the amount of odometer error (most metric bikes I've had are fairly accurate on the miles, not so much on the speed).
Both my previous ST1300 and now the Wing had aprox 60 mile range in the "danger zone". Given the info from Motor7 above, at 60+ mpg and over a gallon of fuel remaining that puts the 60+ mile range on the flashing final bar into the Stroms capability also.
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No trunk box or side cases, just my CanAm Spyder tank and tail bags I repurposed. The OEM Suzuki trunk box stays in the shed unless I would really need it.
Seems quite good on fuel so far and fun to boot!!
 

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Good info. I will be using the trip meter to work out the Mpg/Kpl. Doing it over several tank fills i will get to know what i am getting in different ridding condition, Sedate/aggressive/semi aggressive. I assume every gauge will read different when it comes to fuel usage against the bar changing. I won't be trying out the last bar to much........my bar didn't flash, just the fuel symbol started when it got don to one bar. Doing long trips i will get a couple of liter or a 2 liter bottle, just in case.

Thanks for the tip on the fuel pump



Not only do I have to convert your Mpg to Lpklm, our gallon is imperial...o_O

My riding style would be more aggressive unloaded, if i was loaded up for a trip i will be riding more sedately to be within my average fuel consumption and to work with what the bike likes..........that's the theory......time will tell

Found this converter.

1 US gallon = 3.7854 Liters
1 Imperial gallon = 4.5461 Liters. Aus/UK

So, i'm always going to get better Mpg than you guys 🤣
 

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First fuel consumption test. From a full tank, Filled the tank to as near enough as to the same as it was, when i filled it last time and set the trip meter.

371 Kilometers.....15 Liters
24.73 Kilometers to a liter
4 Liters per 98.92 kilometers
69.9 Mpg, Imperial
58.1 Mpg, US

230.53 miles from, full to neck, on side-stand, to last bar on gauge just starting to flash.

This is Some highway speed limits, 100 kph, and 80 kph through towns, back roads, some speeding and cruising at 5,000 revs in 5th, (about 113kph). Most take offs are 6,000 revs through the first 3 gears. a couple of take it up to 150 kph for short bursts, a couple of rev-outs through the gears to 8,000 revs up to 120 kph then back off.
 

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Trip to the local power station,40 klm past Tully up the Tully gorge to Cardstone.. Fully automated 88 Megawatt power station. Build commenced in 1950 and commissioned in 1957. There was quite a community that was built and revolved around the Power station. at one point there was a peak population of 70 people, 30 houses and some barracks that could accommodate 40 single men. The last of the house's were removed after the full automation in 1990.

The gorge ends hard up against the great dividing range that divides the coastal communities from the outback dry country. Top of the range is over 3,000' , there is no road up to the top from here.

Ride map from home at the coast.
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End of the road
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Must be one of the original water wheels for the turbine back in the 50's.........A guess as there is nothing written about it
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Old pic of the Caedstone village in its heyday
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lake Koombaloomba can be seen on the trip map. About a 2 hour ride to get to it from the coast. have to go up and around.
Planned trip soonish
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fish tail
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One of the few places where a pic of the bike and Tully river can be had. The other is on a bridge......bit to much traffic
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Tully River. Famous for white water rafting, 2 years ago they held the world championship on there, hosting teams from 30 countries. When the world champs were on they released water especially for them
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