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My mileage report (thanks for the spreadsheet Mokus!):

DL650K5

Avg. mpg over 9 fillups is 45.86

I had one weird tank where I got only about 30 mpg but I think that was just after I passed the initial low-rpm break-in threshold and I cranked the right hand with more gusto for a while. :twisted:

Always used 87 pump octane.

Bike is totally stock, so far. :(

Temps having varied from a low of about 5C :( to a high of 31C :(

Mostly "commuter" riding (12 miles highway + 2-3 city each way)

The bike has about 3200 Km on it now.


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I took a 1300 mile trip. With 80 mph highway speeds and stop & go city traffic I got 58 mpg
 

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I just bought my bike two weeks ago. I got 59.7 mpg!!! I kept it under 75 mph and there was no head wind to speak of and I weigh about 180 lbs. Next week I will add a K&N air filter. I added one to my Nissan truck and took my mpg from 24 to 28.

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'04 DL-1000

This bike continues to amaze me with mileage. Usual mileage is 55- 60mpg. It is one of those amazing V-Strom traits!!

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Imperial gallon or US Gallon ?

My mileage calculations are based on Imperial gallons.

Four separate fills of 87 octane.
Two up riding with full luggage. Some high speed runs. A lot of back roads on a 2005 model DL1000.
Sample calculation; 150 miles / 2.8 imp. gallon = 53.6 mpg
Average over 4 fills = 50.47 mpg

Imperial gallon X 1.2 = US gallon

Therefore I averaged 44.6 miles per US gallon.
 

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mine

2004 DL650, one side big givi box for aerodynamic calculations

calculated over 3 different fills of 87octane @4+gal each time.

Overall =58mpg sane riding. usage of brake-very less.

temp= hot summer 80-95F

observation of mpg value
1. higher when filled closer to the brim
2. lower in summer
3. higher with slight over inflation of tyres
 

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'06 DL1000 - 10000+ km on the odo.

Various trips over last 6 months. 87Octane and 95 10% Ethanol.

No 2 ups, but up to 15-20kg in luggage.

Winter here, rode in temps down to 5ºC up to 26ºC.

I'm 176 lbs.

Roads vary from 4 lane highway, twisty second grade and have done some firetrails.

Have all this in Excel, even the km when each fuel bar goes out.

Ltrs Km
17.61 334.4
17.16 329.0
14.68 279.0
14.01 254.0
17.84 332.4
19.32 374.8
19.12 374.0
18.65 357.8
19.40 373.8
19.39 373.6
19.02 358.2
19.06 361.0
18.65 357.8
19.40 373.8
19.39 373.6
19.02 358.2
19.06 361.0
17.02 334.0
18.83 388.8
19.41 385.2
19.41 373.0
19.57 373.4
19.51 372.7
19.72 379.1
18.35 350.3
18.66 365.5
20.13 393.6
19.23 395.2
18.10 348.1
19.63 394.6

Avg = 19.33 km/ltr or 5.18 Ltr/100km or 45.467 mp(US)g or 54.6 mp(UK)g
 

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'06 DL1000 with a K&N air filter, 43T rear sprocket and Givi windshield.

Recently finished a 5,000 km trip on which I averaged just over 53 miles per imperial gallon. This included one day of severe headwinds on the praries where the mileage dropped to under 40 mpg for 1-1/2 tanks. The bike was loaded (overloaded) with full Givi V46 topcase, full (stuffed) E41 side cases, 20 litre tank bag, my fat ass and my wife's dainty derriere.

 

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Heavy, nice to see your smiling face again, and Jennifer too of course. You sound pretty satisfied with your LD ride. When does the bike get shipped home or this an actual after trip pic ??
 

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Hey Waterwarrior,

It was good to meet up with you. I noticed the raised eyebrows as Jennifer and I pulled out of the parking lot. Would that be the first time you've heard a Stebel air horn on a Strom?

The pic is pre-trip. Right now, the bike is lost in the mail, I think. I was supposed to drop it off on the Friday before we flew home and the bike was going to be picked up the following Monday. I arrived at the dealership to drop the bike off, on Friday, as planned, and they were all freaked out, saying that the carrier had been there the previous Wednesday to pick up the bike. I think it has been picked up now, finally, but it means the bike doesn't get back home until next week...when Jennifer and I will be in Las Vegas. Wanna come to Ontario for a couple of days and receive my bike when they drop it off? You know, make sure there's no shipping damage and that it gets put safely back in my garage?

Sorry we had to run but the timing ended up perfect. We rolled up to the ferry and loaded right away. Ended up getting to where my brother works in Victoria, just as he was finishing up for the day. Did you take the long way home after we split up?
 

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Take the long way home ?? Not really, I took the long way to Tim's though. Actually missed a couple off-ramps and had a tour of the area.
Yup that was my first Stebel hearing experience, not my last though. Mine is in the mail somewhere right now. Afraid I can't be there to check in your bike for you but there is this job thing again for a few weeks. I really hate getting up so early but they pay me pretty well and it sure beats a minimum wage full time job. The extra cash buys farkles and vacations. So far this year I have ridden twice as far as last year. I think that is a good thing but my car sure is lonely.
 

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A little late to the party but I just bought my Wee. I did about 500 miles this weekend and I made a bit of a science project out of my fuel consumption.

BTW, I have a K7 with a 16T front, stock sheild in highest position and I weight 280. Stock tires with 39 PSI rear and 36 front I think.

First leg of the trip I did a steady 5000 RPM (63 MPG per GPS?) and got 48.4 MPG.

Second leg I did a steady 5500 RPM (73 MPH per GPS) and got 41.8 MPG

Third leg I did a steady 4500 RPM (60 MPH per GPS) and got 55.5 MPG.

A constant 80 MPH per my GPS yields right at 39 MPG.

I can't help but think that the guys that always get over 50 MPG either ride more conservatively or weigh considerably less than me. Or maybe they live in an area where 65-75 MPH speed limits are few and far between. I really wish the Speedo was not so inaccurate.
 

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DL 650

87 Octane

Mileage Calculation (Mileage/Gas used): 240 miles/4.2 gals=57 mpg

Outdoor Temperature: upper 90s

Type of mods to your Strom that could affect mileage: 100% stock

Weight of rider: 185 lbs

Type of riding during test: Mostly highway between 70-80 mph

Total Miles on your V-Strom: 700 (2 weeks of riding)
 
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1:DL 1000 or DL 650:
2005 DL650

2:Octane of Gas:
Midgrade 89

3:Mileage Calculation (Mileage/Gas used):
54 MPG

4:Outdoor Temperature:
Flurries and rain 34-45 degrees F.

5:Type of mods to your Strom that could affect mileage. IE Windshield, Cases, Powercommander, etc:
16T GSXR Counter sprocket, Givi V46 tourpak, air pressure at Suzuki recommend max for 2 up. K&N Airfilter.

6:Weight of rider (could be optional if necessary):
Trip was 2 up, My weight is 216 full dress, Hers 140 full dress, tourpak had 2 days in it, figure 22 lbs.


7:Type of riding during test. IE Highway, City, or Wide Open:
60% Highway average speed around 50 MPH, 40% Dirt roads average speed less than 20 MPH, total distance covered approx. 563 miles.

8:Total Miles on your V-Strom:
11K
 

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Has anyone noticed lower MPGs as it gets colder? Well, anyone other than me.

I just recently switched employers, and my commute is only about 5 miles, but it's all streets, no highway. And I could swear I'm getting between 5 and 10 miles fewer on each "bar" of the gas gauge. Is that attributable to never getting higher than 3rd gear, or the fact that it's been 35-45 degrees?
 
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