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Old 09-11-2013, 05:12 PM   #76
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The Superhawk is totally the "distance" bike you want. Mine managed to squeeze 84 miles out of the last 3.5 gallon tank .
So you got 24 mpg? What speeds were you on? 150?
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:58 PM   #77
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It depends how fast you travel

R1200 RT 2012 vintage. At 100 mph indicated my RT board computer shows 36 mpg. That will get you about 210 miles on 6.4 US gallons. Normal fuel consumption (80 mph) nets about 42 mpg. That is a little over 250 miles a tank without the light coming on. That is 2 up fully loaded.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #78
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as mentioned, the ST1300 has nearly an 8 gallon tank which even at 40MPH is good for 300 miles, bone stock. Odds are good you'll want to stop before it needs to. They also don't break, have good weather protection, and are more comfortable than most for the taller rider. Clean copies used are a pretty good value too. The only bike I'm aware of with a larger tank, stock, is a GSA.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:31 AM   #79
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So you got 24 mpg? What speeds were you on? 150?
SuperHawks aren't known for range...

On a ride a few years ago, we gassed-up in Blanding Utah and rode North on UT-95.

Our friend on the SuperHawk coasted the last mile into the gas station at Hanksville.

126 miles.

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Old 09-16-2013, 11:00 AM   #80
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So you got 24 mpg? What speeds were you on? 150?
Those literbike V-twins are all known to suck fuel like a crack ho on the pipe.
Superhawks, RC51's, TLR's...all that I've ridden with have had sub-30mpg, and the small tanks don't help.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:21 AM   #81
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On my 04 R1150 rockster with 5.4Gal tank, I can get around 190mi per tank +/- 10mi depending on my load and speed.
Warning light comes on at 140 to 160 this also depends on the speed and load.

Miscalculated my mileage once and was left on the side of the road but AAA came thru, I needed a rest anyway.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #82
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SuperHawks aren't known for range...

On a ride a few years ago, we gassed-up in Blanding Utah and rode North on UT-95.

Our friend on the SuperHawk coasted the last mile into the gas station at Hanksville.

126 miles.

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Those literbike V-twins are all known to suck fuel like a crack ho on the pipe.
Superhawks, RC51's, TLR's...all that I've ridden with have had sub-30mpg, and the small tanks don't help.
Interesting. Inline 4 superbikes are a lot more efficient then. One would think it would be the other way around since twins don't need to rev so much to make X amount of power/torq compared to an inline 4.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:26 PM   #83
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I commute 255 miles every two days then fill up with 20.5 lts, the most I pushed it was 265 miles.

Oh, its an S10 by the way
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:29 PM   #84
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Interesting. Inline 4 superbikes are a lot more efficient then. One would think it would be the other way around since twins don't need to rev so much to make X amount of power/torq compared to an inline 4.
I had a VTR. Most of the older ones had an issue with a torn diaphragm that would make them drink more fuel. It is amazing what a $26 fix did to my mileage - went from 31mpg to 40mpg in relatively mild riding. Also, most inline 4's are fuel injected these days. Still, a ZX9 from that era was 20% more economical. In Europe, the VTR's fuel tank grew to 19 liters from 16 in 2000 to remedy the issue.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:31 PM   #85
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My Buell S3T will give me about 250 miles to a tank, and my Honda ST1300 gives 300+ at motorway/autoroute speeds (usually 75-80MPH).

On the Honda, I can ride all day with maybe ten minutes for a snack when I refuel. On the Buell, five or six hours riding a day is enough and I need a decent break after the first tankful.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #86
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Interesting. Inline 4 superbikes are a lot more efficient then.
What kind of fuel economy does something like an R1 return? Or a GSXR1000? I have no idea, but if it's more than 40mpg, I'd be surprised.

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One would think it would be the other way around since twins don't need to rev so much to make X amount of power/torq compared to an inline 4.
The twins you're thinking of are long stroke, undersquare twins in cruisers.

Oversquare, short stroke twins have huge pistons and huge carbs/throttle bodies. They can be efficient in steady-state riding, but thier fuel economy can dip dramatically with lots of throttle opening.

My 1100cc Guzzi sport bike returns 44mpg in steady-state highway riding, but will drop into the 30s when flogged.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #87
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What kind of fuel economy does something like an R1 return? Or a GSXR1000? I have no idea, but if it's more than 40mpg, I'd be surprised.



The twins you're thinking of are long stroke, undersquare twins in cruisers.

Oversquare, short stroke twins have huge pistons and huge carbs/throttle bodies. They can be efficient in steady-state riding, but thier fuel economy can dip dramatically with lots of throttle opening.

My 1100cc Guzzi sport bike returns 44mpg in steady-state highway riding, but will drop into the 30s when flogged.
I have been through 3 liter sportbikes, that can be classified as "superbikes". All of them gave at least 40 mpg on my highway commute at 80+ mph indicated (ahem...)

In order of appearance:

06 GSXR 1000 - Consistently 43 mpg, highest I have seen 45 mpg. Must have been the tail wind

06 CBR 1000 - 42 mpg no matter what I do or how I ride

09 GSXR 1000 - 40 mpg highest, sometimes I have seen 38 mpg

Truly the 05 - 06 GSXR 1000 is a marvel of how a liter "superbike" should be. Amazing , once in a lifetime engineering.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:47 AM   #88
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What kind of fuel economy does something like an R1 return? Or a GSXR1000? I have no idea, but if it's more than 40mpg, I'd be surprised.
Right wrist dependant, but if you restrain yourself commuting you can get well into the 40's.
I used to ride with a guy that spent alot of time tuning his ZX10, on his "commuter map" he could get well into the 50's and only loose maybe 10-15hp on the top end.

Jap I4's are frightening in their engineered ability.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #89
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What kind of fuel economy does something like an R1 return? Or a GSXR1000? I have no idea, but if it's more than 40mpg, I'd be surprised.



The twins you're thinking of are long stroke, undersquare twins in cruisers.

Oversquare, short stroke twins have huge pistons and huge carbs/throttle bodies. They can be efficient in steady-state riding, but thier fuel economy can dip dramatically with lots of throttle opening.

My 1100cc Guzzi sport bike returns 44mpg in steady-state highway riding, but will drop into the 30s when flogged.
Not exactly an R1, but I had an '02 FZ1. Worst it ever got was 39 mpg. Best was 52 mpg. Over several thousand miles it was very consistently in the 42-45 mpg range.

BTW the 39 was on a cold, windy day in the twisties. The 52 was loaded down with 3 Givi cases having fun in Arkansas on 123 and 341 (?).
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #90
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Not exactly a large range compared to some of the bikes on here, but I consistently get 150-160 miles before reserve on my ZRX1100, riding in a semi-sane manner. I got 173 miles before reserve on one fill-up, riding 65mph steady for what felt like an entire decade across central Nebraska. Tank holds a little less than 5 gallons, reserve hits around 3.8 gallons.
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