What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
I own a 2007 DL-650.
Here are a few of my own thoughts on this topic.
My routine is to use the "Trip 1" odometer to keep track of my overall trip mileage. I use "Trip 2" to keep track of my mileage per tank.
While on a trip, I will reset my "Trip 2" odometer after I refill my fuel tank at each stop. This way, I have a sense of where I am at and how much farther I can go before I run out of gas.
Just how many miles I can squeeze out of a tank is determined by a number of variables. If I have been cruising at 65 - 75 mph on a highway, I will get less miles per tank then if I have been traveling secondary roads and dirt roads. If I am bucking a head wind on the highway, I get even less miles per tank.
One issue that no one has brought up on this topic is, quality of fuel. I have had some pretty meager "tank fulls" that can only be attributed to poor fuel quality. I can remember one tank being 234 miles of just plain old riding. The best I have done is 306 miles.
An average distance for me would be 260 - 280 miles, (on a DL-650) and I feel I am still in my comfort zone. What is important for me to keep track of, (and it is not directly related to mpg), is what kind of riding I do between my fill-ups.
It's a little like sailing. You can set a course from point A to point B. You can calculate windspeed and hull speed. You can figure what your ETA is. But, is this taking into consideration tidal currents? Are you traveling with the current, against the current, or broadside to the current?
In the end, it takes time, (many tank fulls of gas!!!!), which builds experience, and ultimately you trust your gut. It's not just the numbers, there is instinct involved. And, that is part of the challenge; the mental game of just how far you can go on a tank full of gas.
2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
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