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Old 10-18-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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Actual MPG for MT-07 vs MT-09 (FZ-07 vs FZ-09)?

As I mentioned in another thread, I am seriously looking for a practical commuter that has decent running cost and is fun to ride.
There are some candidates, and these Yamahas are high on the list.
However, I see vastly different mpg numbers and see no pattern.

I ride my current bikes in a relaxed, non-aggressive way but half my riding or more is at highway speeds, 115 km/h (70-75 mph) indicated. No short trips and little city riding.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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The display on my fz07 is pessimistic at 46mpg. My exact calculations have me pegged at 54mpg with decent amounts of city riding and traffic.

You can probably get close to 60mpg if you try, but I don't care enough to attempt maximum frugality.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:54 PM   #3
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i'm at just under (or just at) 5k on my FZ09

I use supreme unleaded only.

in mixed riding, town/highway I get reliably 45 mpg
if freeway only riding, I get almost 50 mpg.


I divide gallons by number of miles traveled every tank.


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Old 10-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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Jazzman brings up a good point... 07 is low grade fuel, 09 requires premium.
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:15 PM   #5
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The MT-07 and MT-09 sold here in Europe both require 95 RON unleaded gasoline, according to the owner's manual. No difference there.

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Old 10-18-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
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I cannot resist the urge to whack the throttle and do wheelies on my FZ-09 and end up with alot of 37 MPG gallon tanks.

I wasn't thinking of MPG when I got it. If I was thinking about MPG I would have gotten a scooter.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
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My -09 averaged about 47 mpg's; my -07 did about 65 mpg's. Neither was broken in yet for those readings. FWIW...
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #8
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FWIW, my 2013 KTM Duke 690 gets 64 mpg during my 120-mile weekend loop -- freeway and twisty backroads...
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:47 PM   #9
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Alexander, if you are going to use the bike as a long distance bike, let me tell you that a small fueltank is a major pain the ass. I have done that. My cbf 500 has 19 litre fuel tank. I would aviod going for something less then 19 litre.
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Old 10-19-2014, 05:01 PM   #10
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The FJ-09 should have a bigger tank . . . The new 650 Versys may be a consideration too.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:23 PM   #11
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Please ask people to specify Imperial or US MPG

They are not the same thing
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:28 PM   #12
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US.



the fuel range on my fz is ~150 but! that's seat pucker for the last ten or so miles. Normally the useless fuel gauge doesn't move at all until ~60 miles, then shows empty when there's still a gallon (or a bit more) left in the tank, which is somewhere past 110 miles....
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:43 PM   #13
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You should definitely focus on range, not mpg.

MPG differences in terms of fuel cost between the two bikes will be negligible, in reality. I know fuel costs more in europe, but still not that it should be the deciding factor on which bike to buy. If you really want a fuel sipper that can tour: Honda 750x.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:57 PM   #14
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Thanks for the data!

My colleague claims a slightly better mpg for his -09, so 65 seems very realistic for my conditions.
The difference between the -09 and -07 would correspond to 200 per year right now (fuel prices will probably rise, though), in addition to a similar gap in insurance as well. (Plus the obvious higher price of the bike.)

The range is a factor, too. Why so small a tank? All my other bikes have been capable of 300km (190 miles) without refuelling.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:35 PM   #15
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So 16.6 difference per month in fuel cost is a deal breaker?!

C'mon... that seriously is NOT a good, or even a mediocre argument for considering mpg as a deciding factor between these two bikes...

Not saying either is bad or good, just saying basing your decision on mpg does not make sense here.
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