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Discussion in 'Australia' started by davorallyfan, Feb 20, 2007.
Got myself a 30L safari tank. Looking for distances you guys can get out of 30L of juice.
The trip I'm planning will have the below type of riding.
- black top at speeds around 100kph
- open dirt roads 60-80kph
Will be doing about 5500km over two weeks. Some of the legs have about 400-450k. Between fuel stops.
Any info will be appreciated
Which way is the fuel inlet on the carb pointing? up as original or has it been turned onto its side?
I can comforably get 700km and i'm then thinking about filling up. I've ran it and get about 720 to 730 reserve, but I've only done reserve a couple of times. I've never actually ran it dry, so not sure a total amount of km's. Basically, if I'm in the 600km's on the trip meter, i know my distance is a 100km or so and depending where I am, will watch the various petrol stations pass by, but push it until I'm home anyway.
I run a TM40 carb and standard exhaust. I believe I can run the tank dry, but as the previous poster said, if you have the standard carb, you need to get the fuel lines worked out so you don't get air in them, otherwise you'll have a few/several litres left in the tank.
Hope this helps.
PS: practice taking the tank on and off, as its a pain to get back on. Best when tank is empty but for me, a marathon when full.
700ks is bloody good most people I know get under 600 and I've gone on reserve at 520 but at those speeds 550 to 600 would be a safe figure to work on plus the seat will make you stop before that
Milage sounds about right.
I have found that one of those cheap ratchet tiedowns from Supacreep threaded through the front forks and back around the tank can be a big help in positioning the tank to line up the rear bolt holes if you are doing it by yourself. It's easy to cross thread the bolts if you are mucking around trying to push the tank into position and get the bolts started. If the tank won't go on, check that the oil cooler protector hasn't been pushed backwards if you have come off at some stage. It too me a while to figure that one out.
If you find yourself running out of fuel with plenty still in the tank, put a good breath of air into the fuel cap breather tube. This will get you another 10 or 15 k's closer to the servo and you can do it over and over again if you need to. I also do this if the bike has been sitting for a while and is playing hard to strart. Works a treat.
Still up, gotta say I'm slight scared to try and turn it. I'm likely to break it......
I've read adding heat to it will assist before committing.
Another thing about the Safari, you probably find that you have more than 30 litres. Mine is 34 litreish, but they are commonly known to expand as they age, so this adds distance also.
Mine crimped just a bit. I used a large adjustable spanner and a bit of rag as padding and a quick prayer to the god of speed.
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I have done it on two dr's with a long nose multi grips with a rug and obviously tank off.
You will be ok .
I do comfortable 550 km even on sand , never heard of any one doing 720 ..good on you
It must be the different carburettor .
Just did the sums. Broken Hill to Cobar with a side trip out to White Cliffs and back, 651 k's. This was the leg where we learnt the trick of blowing into the breather tube. My boy thought $1.73 a litre was too pricy in Wilcanna.
110 kph posted speed. We may have been a few kph above this. The screen fitted to the DR makes quite a difference with fuel economy if you are travelling at speed.
Thats good milage if your speedo said 110kph it was closer to 100
Just did mine last week, I sprayed on "Chemsearch Yield" where the inlet comes out of the carby every time I though of it for about a week before, in the end it went quite easily, if that hadn't worked I was going to try holding a soldering iron against it and hopefully swell the alloy a bit. As others have said the tank is a mongrel to get back on, mine took 35.1 litres to fill from dead empty.
DR650 Fuel inlet turning
Fuel consumption is a can of worms depending on setup. With my previous jetting and FCR, and up to 37 l in the Safari, up to 700 kms and over 600 kms no worries all the time except heavy sand. With the NCVT needle and jets to suit, indications are perhaps another 100 kms, or more, but to be confirmed.
Not sure where I read it but I used vice grips on the rim of the inlet (sits hard up against the carb body) and had no trouble. Means that you cant crimp the inlet if it wont spin.
The road sign said 110. In outback NSW the speedo on the German mothership was reading 130-140 matching the GPS. The bloody DR was close behind whenever I stopped. The Deathwings were well past their use-by date when we got back home.
i know what you mean Gavo. It's for our own safety that Japanese speedos ( cars and bikes ) are 10% optimistic. The Europeans can build then so they're dead accurate. I guess that's where all those out of work Swiss watchmakers found new careers.
Just an question. I heard a strange noise in first gear, on the last ride, but it could have been low static on the radio. That got me thinking, has anyone had issues with the 2012 model and the 3rd gear problem?
Am I also right in thinking the netual thingy has also been fixed in the the 2012 model?