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Old 01-03-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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V strom 650 fuel range on a tank of gas???

Ok I did the search but cannot find an answer.

I'm looking at some new bikes.

I think the wee is for me.
Just wondering what the range is on a tank of gas. I would hate having to stop every 100 or so miles.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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Ok I did the search but cannot find an answer.

I'm looking at some new bikes.

I think the wee is for me.
Just wondering what the range is on a tank of gas. I would hate having to stop every 100 or so miles.
Pretty safe 250 +/- road riding, closer to 200-220 with a good bit of off road thrown in.

Lowest I have seen is 43mpg, highest is 53mpg...almost a 6 gallon tank. You'll be fine.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:10 AM   #3
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Pretty safe 250 +/- road riding, closer to 200-220 with a good bit of off road thrown in.

Lowest I have seen is 43mpg, highest is 53mpg...almost a 6 gallon tank. You'll be fine.
Yup. 5.8 gal. 45-48 mpg most tanks. The fuel gauge starts flashing early. I usually fill at 200-220 so I don't have to guess at what's left. Longer range than alot of the folks I ride with, so they are usually ready to stop before I need to.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:42 AM   #4
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Yup. 5.8 gal. 45-48 mpg most tanks. The fuel gauge starts flashing early. I usually fill at 200-220 so I don't have to guess at what's left. Longer range than alot of the folks I ride with, so they are usually ready to stop before I need to.
My mileage is not so good.

It starts blinking at about 190 or even earlier.

Of course, I ride at about 110MPH.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:44 AM   #5
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My mileage is not so good.

It starts blinking at about 190 or even earlier.

Of course, I ride at about 110MPH.
Slow down ! ...

220 miles with 5 gallons ... and I need to change the air filter.

2006, stock gearing and stock tires
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:44 AM   #6
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I have been averaging 240 + - between fillups with the usual intake of 5gal at that point. This is all freeway commuting between 65 and 90mph the whole time. I have been averaging bout 53mpg on a 2007.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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My mileage is not so good.

It starts blinking at about 190 or even earlier.

Of course, I ride at about 110MPH.
It's not your old Honda 90. There's 3 more gears.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:46 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.

Ah, 200+ miles that's decent.

My current ride for many years K100RS gets around 45 mpg but does not hold quite that much fuel so this is an improvment.

I'm looking for a new bike to replace the K for long distance trips. For me the K is just so comfortable I cannot get tired on it. But I have had it for so long i'm tired of it.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:47 AM   #9
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Thanks guys.

Ah, 200+ miles that's decent.

My current ride for many years K100RS gets around 45 mpg but does not hold quite that much fuel so this is an improvment.

I'm looking for a new bike to replace the K for long distance trips. For me the K is just so comfortable I cannot get tired on it. But I have had it for so long i'm tired of it.
For my daily commute of 116 miles roundtrip and for general riding, I average about 57 mpg for both the Strom and KLR. On the Strom, I've been able several times to fill-up at the 300 mile mark without really breaking into a sweat that I was in danger of running out of gas. I recently did a 200 mile interstate run on the Strom averaging about 90 mph, wasn't too upset when my mileage dropped down to 49.7 mpg!!!!

Like your K bike, my ol' R1100RS was supremely comfy for me, so much so that I did a 6,500 mile, nine day coast to coast to coast run on it a few years ago. Set up right, I have to say that the Strom is even more comfy for me than the RS was.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:34 AM   #10
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The worst was 38mpg, but that was of late. I rode 185 miles and about 75% of that was hard core off-road thrashing.

Most of the time on normal road commuting and riding on the pavement I average around 46-50mpg. I have seen 275 miles on the trip meter but never pushed it more than that.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:40 AM   #11
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Yup. 5.8 gal. 45-48 mpg most tanks. The fuel gauge starts flashing early. I usually fill at 200-220 so I don't have to guess at what's left.
I would say that's about right for me too. The normal range seems to be 45-55, with some people outside the standard deviation- some reports of 60mpg, I've gotten as low as 33mpg on a tank. But you can do the math- 45*5.8, or 45*5 to leave extra, or 55*5.8 if you really want. Really, that's more useful than knowing the range.

And there's always a 5.3 gallon aux tank. Almost requires use of a Stadium Pal setup

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:15 AM   #12
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Pretty safe 250 +/- road riding, closer to 200-220 with a good bit of off road thrown in.

Lowest I have seen is 43mpg, highest is 53mpg...almost a 6 gallon tank. You'll be fine.
That's about what I get.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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This seems to be the best thread for this experience.

Bike- 07 DL650 w/ 16t front sprocket, Madstat (Adjusted to very steep angle for this tank of gas, Laminar lip. Filled with premium fuel (usually use 87.)

I've tracked every fill-up on Fuelly and so far the best mpg I've seen was nearly 62mpg on an Ohio ride where I ran long stretches at around 60 mph. My last tank of fuel has been used 90% to help a new rider gain her confidence … averaging about 45mph. At my most recent fill-up I had 274.4 miles on the odo and the bike only took 4.1 gallons! That's 67 mpg.

I reset the trip meter religiously and afterward google mapped every road we took to verify, but could only come up with about 255 miles. So, either I'm forgetting about 20 miles I rode over those 2 weeks or there's about a 9% discrepancy between the maps and the odometer/speedometer (likely). Still, If I'm correct that means at scooter speeds the DL650 gets scooter MPG's with the bonus of happily running interstate speeds when called for … this bike is a keeper.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:41 AM   #14
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Ok I did the search but cannot find an answer.

I'm looking at some new bikes.

I think the wee is for me.
Just wondering what the range is on a tank of gas. I would hate having to stop every 100 or so miles.
Normally, around town to/from work averaging 70 mph or so on the fwy (that's 80 mph and down to mid 30s splitting lanes) I get approx 42-43 mpg (224-230 miles).

Recently rode to AZ from San Diego-- hit terrible head winds-- running 85-90 mph my fuel mileage was terrible (29 mpg!)...
Return trip, running a solid 90-95 mph I netted 30 mpg with no wind (168 miles = 5.5 gallons!)

I need to gear up the front sprocket to offset the RPMS (and help MPG @ those speeds)-- but normal 70-75 mph riding you'll get solid 40 mpg, 200 + range.

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Old 01-03-2007, 11:41 AM   #15
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Recently rode to AZ from San Diego-- hit terrible head winds-- running 85-90 mph my fuel mileage was terrible (29 mpg!)...
Return trip, running a solid 90-95 mph I netted 30 mpg with no wind (168 miles = 5.5 gallons!)
Yeah, that sounds about right.

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