DL1000 increase MPG

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BikeMan, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Off Topic, sort of.............performed a test using Lucas Gas Treatment in my Nissan Frontier.........same gas station, same route (work) for 2-3 weeks.........outside weather not much different in those 2-3 weeks..........speeds not over 60 mph. (I know, lots of variables come into play here) Lucas gave me 1 more mpg over non-treated gas. Crunched the numbers and it would not pay for itself in the long run. Wasted $$$ = lesson learned. :deal
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  3. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    i use sta-bil ethanol treatment marine formula for 1.4 mpg increase. one bottle $6.50 treats 100 us gals. so, its cost effective.
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  4. Mulewright

    Mulewright Old Fart/Journeyman

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    I use their product marked as "Ethanol" friendly treatement and noticed no improvement in miliage but, the bike performed substantialy better with the product than without when running the 10% blend around here...
    Still not nearly as well as with straight gas tho...:wink:
    I do however take some with me on trips just because you can't easily find straight gas on the road....:puke1
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  5. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    I did the same thing with a Subaru H6 (3.0 liter flat six). It's "recommended" to run with higher octane. There was no difference in the dyno runs.

    I've found the key to mpg is in the right foot and wrist, respectively.
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  7. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    it seems a little off topic to talk about dyno runs on a mpg thread. try doing a mpg compar-o. as per at lease as good as the O.P.. which was done over a 1100 mile period. your results may surprise you. as far as ethanol blend fuel is concerned, i got better mpg with the higher octane fuel long before they started ethanol blend fuel in my area of the country, which was in 2010. g-luck and ride safe.
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  8. Dolly Sod

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    Just got back from a another fantastic 227 miles, of commuting. Average speed 75mph, GPS confirmed.

    4.51 gallons of gas. 87 octane.
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  9. robert110411

    robert110411 Been here awhile

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    I've taken a slightly different approach to this whole DL 1000 fuel mileage problem.

    I pump 93 into my tank every time the little fuel light flashes at me, just like I did on my last bike. Then I ride until the light goes off again, then I fill up again.

    Now, I know for a fact that my CAR returns about 2 MPG's more with 93......but that's my car.

    If I ever start worrying or even arguing about 1 MPG? I'll trade my bike in on a Bergman scooter.
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  10. Dolly Sod

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    Yeah, but which fuel light?

    You got your 1 solid bar and flashing fuel pump. Then your flashing bar and flashing fuel pump. :deal

    FWIW, when the bar starts flashing, I ususally pay my tab because it is time to go home.
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    robert110411 Been here awhile

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    when the fuel pump flashes I've usually reached the limit of my ass's ability to sit down........so I start looking.
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  12. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    possible damage due to low octane fuel.
    [​IMG]
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    That's the weirdest looking Vstrom Piston I've seen yet. :norton
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  14. Mulewright

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    Looks like a classic case of detonation to me.....
    Pre-ignition burnes holes in the middle as a rule.
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    Did the OP even test the alcohol content of the fuel used in his original test?
    Somehow I doubt it, and it is certainly useless information without.
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  16. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    yeah detonation due to low octane can melt parts. OTOH, pre-ignition can destroy engine almost insanely.
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  17. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    so far 2012 avg. mpg = 44.9 mpg. so far june avg. mpg = 47.2 mpg. using suzuki spec. regular automotive grade fuel, 87 or higher octane. i use the higher 93 octane w/sta-bil ethanol treatment for better mpg.
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    :clap


    Last fill up 52.8 mpg using 87 octane. '07 DL650A run at a constant 75mph interstate. Using lower octane fuel for better mpg.
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  19. bobobob

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    You running the 15T sprocket or one of the bigger ones?
    Stromzilla over at Stromtrooper got 65mpg when he slapped on a 17T a few years ago.
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  20. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    i'm running stock gearing, stock ECU, K&N air filter, 2bro's.. have got one time high of 52.6 mpg w/93 octane & ethanol treatment. thats on the DL1000 not a wee. check out the fuelly link.
    http://www.fuelly.com/driver/jbw/dl1000
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