A few questions please

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Ron Melton, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    :)I'd like to ask about th GS. What's your average tank range on th regular 1150 GS,& what about th Adventure? I'm leaning towards th regular GS because th Adventure seems too tall. I like th idea of th big tank for more range, but i like th split seat on th 1150 regular. Also what can you folks tell me about maintence cost & oil consumption. TIA ron
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  2. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    I get about 200 until the light comes on, 240 before I need to refill on a std. GS.

    That's 'normal' riding w/o a passenger. My bike has an Aeroflow & Jesse bags, both of which hurt the fuel mileage some I think.
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  3. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    My 1150GS' light comes on at 174 or 175 miles. It doesn't get coddled much and as a result probably will produce a fairly crappy mileage number compared to some others.

    I maintain it really well and wring it's neck on every ride.
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  4. thwack

    thwack Long timer

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    My fuel light comes on usually between 170 and 185 miles. Depends on how much I used the heated grips and how aggressively I played with the throttle.

    Thwack
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  5. mlaotn

    mlaotn Slow Rider

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    I went 265 miles and put 6.4 gallons in my Adventure. I was down to 1 bar on the RID but the low fuel light had not come on.
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  6. Spot White

    Spot White Spot White Garage

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    300 miles till the light comes on going easy, 275 if I'm riding fast. 04 Adventure.
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  7. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    '02 GSAdv - solo with Jesse's and gear... 315mi! The light was on for a loooonnnnggggg time! 8.2 gal at fill up! Because of the gearing I got much better mileage out of my '00 GS (40-42mpg) than I do with my '02 GSAdv (36-38mpg). I usually cruise the freeway at around 85-90mph.
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  8. Snail-Darter

    Snail-Darter Slime Dog

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    '00 GS with 3.0 rear diff - Go to about 175 mi before I 'need' gas. Standard windshield and BMW bags. I got the same range before I changed the rear diff.
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  9. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    My light comes on between 190 & 200 miles without luggage. I can't remember the number with luggage, but it is significantly less. I don't like to use the topcase unless my wife is riding shotgun. It seems to make it handle weird in windy conditions. Maintenance costs vary with dealers. I pay $180 to over $300 depending on which service it is. Mine seems to use a couple quarts between services, but I haven't really kept track. Some don't use any. :dunno

    2001 GS
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  10. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    I've squeaked maybe 240 out of a tank. My light has never come on...and never will...:)

    These bikes are some of the easiest in the world to work on so your costs will be just fluids, filters, etc.
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  11. gypsy77360

    gypsy77360 East Texas Philosopher

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    6000 miles, oil usage 1 L , oil changed at 3k mi.,
    new tire at 6000 , service at 6k by owner.
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    2 oil filters
    1 tire
    9 quarts oil
    Fuel light on at 175 mi, fills w/ appx. 4.4 gal.
    Avg. fuel mileage 40 mi/gal
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  12. italianJob

    italianJob Don Quixote

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    on a regular ride (solo, both panniers, A and B-roads) at medium speed :evil the light comes on at 200 miles. After that there are about 30 or 40 miles left. the bike is a GS standard (?)

    HTH
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  13. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    I missed the oil consumption part of you rquestion. My '00 GS used oil right up to when I old it with 18k miles. Not much... I'd add somewhere between 1/2 -3/4 qt every 3k (oil change time). My '02 GSAdv is not consistant. I'll go 3k and use maybe 1/4 qt; other times closer to a full qt. I have spent more time giving the Adv of road beatings which is probably why.
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  14. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    Is this normal oil usage? I usually do my own maintence, for th past two years i've been on a 1800 Wing, so far i have 54,000 miles on it, it uses about 1/3 qt every 2,000 miles of hard interstate riding, tires last about 14,000 miles, front pads 35,000 miles. Th maintence on it is very easy & inexpensive.I would be usin th GS for every day commuting & long distance riding.Thanks for takin th time to reassure me that i'm makin a GOOD choice in th GS.This seems to be a GOOD board & a good place to visit.I'm on th GL1800 riders.com also. ron
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  15. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    It varies dramatically from engine to engine. I know mine uses more than 1 qt between 6000 mile services (it has 24,000 miles on it), which seems like way too much for a modern engine. The old sportster engine in my Buell hardly uses any oil.

    Some people have said that parking on the side stand contributes to oil consumption, which I do every day at work because the parking lot is dirt. My new job has a paved lot, so I'll see if using the centerstand helps.
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  16. impi

    impi Long timer

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    I have a standard fitted with the Adventure tank. On average I require about 6 gal to fill 'er up after about 240 miles (maintianing about 75-80mph - GPS indicated). Oil consumption - hardly any - only happened once so far and that was when the bike had less than 4k miles on it - needed to add about 1 cup of oil over a 2500 mile trip.

    Lower speeds will give better consumption.
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  17. sashapave

    sashapave riders on the strom

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    lucky bastards! if i get 160 from my oilhead on the freeway i'm lucky. but then again, i have a steel tank with a significant dent in the side, courtesy of jkam's high-speed getoff in Santiago Chille.

    i'm sure if i ride nice i can get some more. :evil

    now where's that strap-on jug...
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  18. impi

    impi Long timer

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    Sometimes I think it all depends on how nervous the rider gets - I still want to strap a 1 gallon container to the rear of my bike and run the thing bone dry just so I can see how far I can get from where the reserve light goes on.

    I tend to head for gas as soon as I can once the light comes on and stays on.
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  19. elemental

    elemental Tainted Adventurist

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    >can see how far I can get from where the reserve >light goes on

    I've run my 96 r11gs dry a few times - expect 50km (30 miles?) and no more after light comes on (this is with small throttle openings but up to around 100kph).

    Once it runs dry, do the old 'lean it over to the right side as far as you can' trick on the side of the road - this will almost certainly get you to the gas station that you can see but didn't quite reach in step 1... :rolleyes
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