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Old 12-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #399
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Originally Posted by exoff-roadgoat View Post
I've gotten my best mileage, low fifties, in the mountains, Smokies and Rockies. Makes no sense with it working hard on the uphills but it is what it is.???..We've had a very hot summer and I usually ride my DR 650 around town because its more fun to ride but the DR throws off alot of heat unlike the Pacific Coast where the heat exits out the bottom or the two side vents. My stock suspension sucks the big one. I need some shocks and front springs bad.
The higher MPGs in the mountains is due to the lower air resistance from the thinner air. I've experienced the same even in a car. Once you get above 5,000 or 6,000 feet, it becomes noticeable.

Are these bikes reliable even at 20+ years old? Assuming they have been taken care of.
2013 CRF250L - 2009 DL650 - 1997 GL1500SE - 2005 DR-Z400S - 2008 DL650A - 2008 ST1300 - 2009 KLR650 - 2002 DR-Z400S - 1987 RM 250 - 1980 KD-80
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