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Old 11-08-2012, 09:40 AM   #4209
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Location: Kansas City area
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Originally Posted by Panama View Post
Hey Guys, I did just did interstate trip on my 2006 KLR to my parents house 180 miles each way on flat straight I-10 and I hot reserve at 155 miles on the way there and on the way back. I went 70-75 mph with panniers with less than 30-40 lbs of stuff. It seems like I should be able to do this drive on one tank. At each fill up I traveled about 155 miles and put 4.8 gallons in = 32 MPG.

What should I check or tweak? I have no real mods other than the doohickey, tall windshield, and side cases (mermite cans).

Thanks for any advice or tips
That is pretty rough MPG - sounds silly, but tires aired up? Run some good cleaner through the fuel system?

Does MPG go way up if you drop down to 60mph? If so, maybe the panniers are just big enough that 75 is your wind threshold and it kicks its ass?

I've only gotten down in the high 30's a few times, and that was on long interstate slogs where I was in a hurry and doing more like 80+mph which KLR's hate, of course.
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