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Old 01-03-2007, 08:00 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, 08:03 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, 08:10 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, 08:42 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, 08:44 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, 08:44 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, 08:45 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, 08:46 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, 09:41 AM   #9
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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, 09:47 AM   #10
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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, 10:34 AM   #11
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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, 10:40 AM   #12
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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 01-03-2007, 10:41 AM   #13
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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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Old 01-05-2007, 10:01 AM   #14
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Think or plan an average of 250 mi per tank - higher and lower depend on driving conditions and behaviour. While doing the extremes, windy slab at 90 or muddy logging trails - I refill at 200 mi - It's a good time to rest and stretch for me. I also use both two trip odo - A for round trip and B for gas / segment. It's all good on a Wee ....
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:45 PM   #15
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Yeah, range obviously varies with speed. On a multi-day interstate run out west last summer my worst tank was about 34mpg (doing between 85-100mph indicated in windy conditions). Keep the speed legal and you should easily get 200 miles out of a tank.
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