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Old 04-22-2008, 06:00 AM   #481
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What kind of mmileage range do you get with the SMR/SE tank? I've got the standard tank, and wlthough it holds plenty of fuel, i'm severely tempted to slim it down to the SMR tank and seat combo, to make her a bit more freindly in the corners... given the switch isn't gonna be outlandishly expensive.

Whatt's your take on the smaller tank? Thanks in advance!
I hate the small tank. It's my only real complaint with the bike since there is no solution aside from carrying extra fuel somehow. But I knew that going in and have managed to deal with it so far.

I'm getting 40 MPG with the H2W jet kit/pre-filter, 16T sprocket and LVs. The low fuel light comes on around 105-115 miles. Assuming the tank holds 3.5 gallons of usable fuel, I have a total range of 140 miles before it's dry.

Stopping for fuel every 100 miles isn't a huge deal IF there is a gas station around when you want one. But where I ride, it's not unusual for gas stations to be 30 or 40 miles apart. So it's more of a logistics hassle/issue. If I don't know exactly where the next fuel stop is, I have to be opportunistic and stop more often to ensure I'm not screwed out in the boonies. That's the part that bugs me. Stopping every 70 or 80 miles to top off the tank when in unknown territory.

A good example is that only gas station in Renovo, PA (middle of nowhere) isn't open this year. Route 144 is a nice ride and Renovo is in the middle. If you're counting on getting fuel there, you'd be screwed. It's 35 miles to the next real town (Snowshoe) on 144. I rolled into Snowshoe 15 miles deep into reserve on Saturday. I knew it'd make it (barely).

BTW, I think the switch will be outlandishly expensive unless you find someone to trade the seat/tank with. I do like the roomier ergos on the "R", so I'll have to sort out a way to carry a few liters of fuel. I think US Plastics sells a variety of containers (for lab use) made of the same stuff as gas cans.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:28 AM   #482
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Hmm... thanks for the insight.. I guess I'll just be sticking with the stock tank, haha.. I ran her pretty low the other day and put 4.6[!!!] gallons in her.. Thats a lot of fuel, lol! I'm getting practically the same MPG as you, makes sence, since we have pretty much the same setup, save for you running the prefilter and the H2W jetting specs.

I dont run the prefilter, or any airbox mods, and have come up with m own jetting specs. There's prolly a little more up top to be had, but I'm happy enough with the bike to not merit tearing her down again, hehe.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:43 PM   #483
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I'm getting 40 MPG with the H2W jet kit/pre-filter, 16T sprocket and LVs. The low fuel light comes on around 105-115 miles. Assuming the tank holds 3.5 gallons of usable fuel, I have a total range of 140 miles before it's dry.
Lucky you. I get 33mpg on my SM with LV, 16t and re-jet.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:52 PM   #484
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Wow. 38 - 40mpg, full Akro, Factory jet kit, 16 and stock box.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:57 PM   #485
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Here's my SM-R in sport-touring mode from this past weekend:

Why?
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:04 PM   #486
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millage

I can go 160 before fulling up,thats pushing it

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Old 04-24-2008, 11:29 PM   #487
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hmmm....i wonder why the wide difference in mpg?

you guys are reporting nearly 40mpg with pipes/sprocket/jet....

...yet on another thread here on ADV, folks were consistently lamenting that the reserve light shows at 117-ish miles, which is 3.5gal at 33mpg...exactly what my bike gets.

i have no idea how my jetting is set, it was done by the prior owner. maybe i should switch to a tried-and-true setup and hope mpg improves?

if i could get 150 miles to a tank without stress i'd be thrilled.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:10 PM   #488
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I presently ride a RC51 and my fuel light is on at 115ish miles. I ran it to 148 ONCE and it actually stalled rolling into the gas station..... At like 11pm one night on a trip.

I am picking up a new 07 SM-R- in the morning and we'll have to see.
I'm already used to stopping for gas at 90-100 miles. Never seemed to be a big deal...

I guess I am a sucker for the big twin thump gas hogs with little tanks..


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Old 04-25-2008, 05:28 PM   #489
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mine's not even an R, just a plain-orange SM
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:34 PM   #490
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It's that throttle!! Wonderful, amazing things happen when you twist it, and it's very addicting!!

My 40mpg is droning back and forth to "work"...and being very gentle with that stick. If I'm caning it, I'm in the 33 bracket. It's probably more down to rider technique than anything else.
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:15 PM   #491
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ah...that's helpful.....i find the bike impossible to ride gently.....

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It's that throttle!! Wonderful, amazing things happen when you twist it, and it's very addicting!!

My 40mpg is droning back and forth to "work"...and being very gentle with that stick. If I'm caning it, I'm in the 33 bracket. It's probably more down to rider technique than anything else.
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Old 04-26-2008, 06:52 PM   #492
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One Week on my New 950SM

I can't stop grinning. I picked up my bike last week and have put about 500 miles on it since then. Unfortunately i had to work this week otherwise I think I could have ridden all the way to California. I haven't done anything other than get some luggage, the 37L topcase and KTM saddlebags. I only took them off today for the first time. they are great for commuting but make the bike look kinda gigantic. Didn't really notice any difference in handling, although I keep thinking someone is tailgating me when I see the edge of the topbox in the mirrors. I love this bike!!! I was lucky and found a leftover 2006 that was brand new so I got a sweet deal. Once it is run in I am thinking about the Akra cans although I ran into someone with the Wings and they sounded pretty awesome. Once I figure out how to resize my photos I'll post some pics.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:03 AM   #493
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I can go 160 before fulling up,thats pushing it
Looks like you're low on oil JC :)
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:21 PM   #494
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Since we're picking on JC, your chain appears to be too tight, the sticker on your left fork protector is leaning approximately .125 to the south, and your helmets don't match. But it's an awesome looking bike!
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:07 AM   #495
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Yeah dude your tire pressure looks low and the pillion dosn't benifit with safty boots like yours and BTW she looks sweeet
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