180+ real world miles

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  1. DirtRider....

    DirtRider.... Wandering Turtle

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    I'm ready for a new chapter for some adrenaline after selling my dual sport bike. Been riding dirt bikes 40+ years... currently still have a 2009 Goldwing for my long distance camping and 2up riding adventures.

    But I have to admit that I'm missing that adrenaline rush that keeps pulling at me... i'm thinking a bike like an FZ-09 or similar would help satisfy the craving. I'm prefer a bit more upright seating position.

    What has me paused is the fuel range. I live in Southern California and most of the curvy roads are an hour away. So there will be distance involved just to get to the fun.

    Last year a group of us rode up to Highway 299 and down and across Highway 36... what a blast!! But the guy on the Concours14 had to make sure his tank was full before coming across Hwy 36. I wonder if the FZ-09 could even make Hwy 36.

    Are there any bikes like the FZ-09 that get 180+ miles per tank with normal riding?? Does this ever factor into your decision to buy a small fun bike??
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  2. Jeffo

    Jeffo Been here awhile

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    FZ-09 wont do 180+ miles on a tank..... maybe if you were to really, really baby it, but whats the point of that !
    Better of with the FJ09 that has an extra 4 ltrs of fuel, also it'll be slightly more fuel efficient because of the fairing/screen.

    I have the XSR9, retro FZ.... and fuel range is between 150 & 170 miles.
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  3. jf781

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    I have a 13 Street tripe and have got 200 out of tank before but that was about 95% highway and a mix between 2 lane and 4.

    With that in mind I'm sure you could get 180 as long as you weren't riding it hard.
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  4. dlmarquez

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    I have a 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 and its definitely good for over 200 real world miles....I've done it several times!
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  5. Coastie3202

    Coastie3202 King of MY Mountain

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    KTM 1290 Super Adventure Touring = 300+ miles per tank, and 160hp.
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  6. Mobiker

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    I'm not sure the 1290 or Tiger qualify as "...small fun bike." Both fine bikes, but not sure its what the op intended.
    Most of the bikes that will give the op the adrenaline rush he sees to be seeking and weigh in the under 450 lb range seem to have tanks less than 4 gallons. Getting 180 reliable miles out of a tank may be problematic. My first though was the Suzuki GSX-S750. Its tank is 4.6 gallons IIRC. If you can count on 45 mpg, 180 is doable, but its around 460 lbs. Not heavy, but not in FZ territory. Maybe the new Kawasaki Z650?
    Go to fuelly.com and see what mpg people are getting real world and then look up tank size.
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  7. bodine003

    bodine003 Been here awhile

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    4-5 gal tank EFI something like a hooligan street fighter style. Ducati Monster, Tri. Speed and street triples, Aprilla Tuano ??? Quess time for internet exploring. My old jalopies a 76 R75/6 has a 6 gal tank and my 80 GS-850 has a 5.8 gal both get over 200 miles per tank so maybe also look at late 70's-80's 750-1000 sport bikes. out there cheap and the normal chassis upgrade stuff still round. Or build a early Superbike style. Legendary-Motorcycles.com in SW Florida as some kick ass high quality fuel tanks. What a dilemma you have LOL!!!!!!
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  8. DirtRider....

    DirtRider.... Wandering Turtle

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    Thanks for the opinions and feedback... not sure i'm ready for a huge ADV type bike. Although i do like the Honda Africa Twin for sure. I know... this is a first world problem for sure!! haha

    I like the idea of a fun hooligan street fighter style bike... especially when i'm pushing the Goldwing in the mountain roads... all i can hear is wow this would be so much more fun on a smaller bike... :muutt
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    S1000XR 170-190 is right in its range depending on how its ridden. Comfy and not too huge either.
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    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    I rode that route last year, I recall 36 being no issue as there is gas in Red Bluff and Hydesville (135 Miles). I know gas in the "fun" areas of California is sometimes far between, but a small amount of planning more or less negates any issue. I know people that ride all those routes on a Ducati Monster 696 etc. Sure, a little more tank capacity is nice, but 180+ is quite conservative. 150 mile range should do, and I think the FZ would do that, although the Street triple would do it easier and be a much better bike out of the box.
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  11. Nanayaah

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    Depending on your budget I would go for the new Street Triple RS. It can do 180 miles and I cant think of a better bike in the twisties. The handling, suspension and brakes are top notch and It weighs even less than the FZ09. If on a tighter budget an older Street triple R is great AS others have suggested.
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    Hey DirtRider. My F800R does about 300km before the reserve light comes on. That's about 185 miles. 330km if ridden in a conservative manner, 260km if I'm trying to get myself arrested.

    It's usually compared to the street triple, FZ09 and monster on shootouts. It's not literbike fast, but it's plenty fast.

    I wrote a rather large post on the F800R thread, perhaps it can be useful to you. Cheers!
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  13. DirtRider....

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    The S1000XR looks great but i'm scared of BMW cost of ownership and reliability but my budget. The Street Triple looks great and would fit the bill... will have to check out some bikes this coming week for sure.

    Wish Southern California Honda/Yami/Kawi dealerships would let you test ride bikes. waiting for demo days is no fun. lol
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    the KTM Duke 390/690 havent been mentioned, and although they have small gas tanks, my understanding is that 50+ mpg is ridiculously easy to achieve, even when being a bit, ah, aggressive!
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    Just remembered my buddy's 2001 Buell X1 Lightning had a 4+ gal. tank, EFI and he did a chain conversion for more highway gearing. it went along way on a tank and torquey big fun
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    There's gas in Fortuna and in Red Bluff. I think there was also gas around Mad River when I've ridden 36. There was the last time anyway.

    Good range really helps on the backroads so you don't have to stop at every station you see. Plenty of places where the only stations you find are long closed.

    Best range I've had is my hexhead R1200R. 260 to nearly 300 miles. Followed by my 1st gen FZ1 (200 to nearly 260 miles, depending how it's ridden). My Africa Twin does a bit over 230 miles.

    All fun bikes, depending what you're looking for, and all are good for the slab as well as the fun roads.

    FJ09 range will be less, but maybe enough? Gen 3 Versys 650 is probably inferior to it in some ways, but will destroy it in range, and I think price as well.
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    One of the Tubers (S3?) had a big tank, and presumably long range. Don't know if an old Buell Tuber is a great choice for reliable touring though.
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  18. Hughlysses

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    My Buell S3 would go 250 on a tank at interstate speeds. The later ones (2000-up) are decently reliable, but that really doesn't sound like what you're looking for.

    Why not just get the FZ09 and strap a 1 gallon plastic tank on the seat? Cheap, ~6 lbs of weight; ~40 more miles range. You could even plumb in an auxiliary tank if you don't want to have to stop to add that gallon.
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    FZ09 with plastic tank on seat or FJ09.
    Next question please...
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    Little bikes can be pretty good range-wise given their fuel efficiency. I don't have experience with the KTMs, but my little Ninja can easily get 200 miles to a tank even with very healthy use of the throttle. Little bikes like that are also a total blast on the street.
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