V strom 650 fuel range on a tank of gas???

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by NJjeff, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    Ok I did the search but cannot find an answer.

    I'm looking at some new bikes.

    I think the wee is for me.
    Just wondering what the range is on a tank of gas. I would hate having to stop every 100 or so miles.
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  2. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    Pretty safe 250 +/- road riding, closer to 200-220 with a good bit of off road thrown in.

    Lowest I have seen is 43mpg, highest is 53mpg...almost a 6 gallon tank. You'll be fine.
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  3. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Yup. 5.8 gal. 45-48 mpg most tanks. The fuel gauge starts flashing early. I usually fill at 200-220 so I don't have to guess at what's left. Longer range than alot of the folks I ride with, so they are usually ready to stop before I need to.
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  4. Uncle Larry

    Uncle Larry The most suave of stooges

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    My mileage is not so good.

    It starts blinking at about 190 or even earlier.

    Of course, I ride at about 110MPH. :evil
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  5. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    Slow down ! ...

    220 miles with 5 gallons ... and I need to change the air filter.

    2006, stock gearing and stock tires
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  6. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    I have been averaging 240 + - between fillups with the usual intake of 5gal at that point. This is all freeway commuting between 65 and 90mph the whole time. I have been averaging bout 53mpg on a 2007.
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  7. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    It's not your old Honda 90. There's 3 more gears.
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  8. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    Thanks guys.

    Ah, 200+ miles that's decent.

    My current ride for many years K100RS gets around 45 mpg but does not hold quite that much fuel so this is an improvment.

    I'm looking for a new bike to replace the K for long distance trips. For me the K is just so comfortable I cannot get tired on it. But I have had it for so long i'm tired of it.
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  9. nr552

    nr552 Been here awhile

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    Normally, around town to/from work averaging 70 mph or so on the fwy (that's 80 mph and down to mid 30s splitting lanes) I get approx 42-43 mpg (224-230 miles).

    Recently rode to AZ from San Diego-- hit terrible head winds-- running 85-90 mph my fuel mileage was terrible (29 mpg!)...
    Return trip, running a solid 90-95 mph I netted 30 mpg with no wind (168 miles = 5.5 gallons!)

    I need to gear up the front sprocket to offset the RPMS (and help MPG @ those speeds)-- but normal 70-75 mph riding you'll get solid 40 mpg, 200 + range.

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  10. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    For my daily commute of 116 miles roundtrip and for general riding, I average about 57 mpg for both the Strom and KLR. On the Strom, I've been able several times to fill-up at the 300 mile mark without really breaking into a sweat that I was in danger of running out of gas. I recently did a 200 mile interstate run on the Strom averaging about 90 mph, wasn't too upset when my mileage dropped down to 49.7 mpg!!!!

    Like your K bike, my ol' R1100RS was supremely comfy for me, so much so that I did a 6,500 mile, nine day coast to coast to coast run on it a few years ago. Set up right, I have to say that the Strom is even more comfy for me than the RS was.
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  11. unlawfulsm

    unlawfulsm Bearded Hooligan

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    The worst was 38mpg, but that was of late. I rode 185 miles and about 75% of that was hard core off-road thrashing.:ricky

    Most of the time on normal road commuting and riding on the pavement I average around 46-50mpg. I have seen 275 miles on the trip meter but never pushed it more than that.
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  12. tedder

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    I would say that's about right for me too. The normal range seems to be 45-55, with some people outside the standard deviation- some reports of 60mpg, I've gotten as low as 33mpg on a tank. But you can do the math- 45*5.8, or 45*5 to leave extra, or 55*5.8 if you really want. Really, that's more useful than knowing the range.

    And there's always a 5.3 gallon aux tank. Almost requires use of a Stadium Pal setup :evil

    -ted
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  13. tedder

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    Yeah, that sounds about right.

    -ted
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  14. Haycock Kid

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    Think or plan an average of 250 mi per tank - higher and lower depend on driving conditions and behaviour. While doing the extremes, windy slab at 90 or muddy logging trails - I refill at 200 mi - It's a good time to rest and stretch for me. I also use both two trip odo - A for round trip and B for gas / segment. It's all good on a Wee ....
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  15. Holmes

    Holmes Been here awhile

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    Yeah, range obviously varies with speed. On a multi-day interstate run out west last summer my worst tank was about 34mpg (doing between 85-100mph indicated in windy conditions). Keep the speed legal and you should easily get 200 miles out of a tank.
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  16. Uncle Larry

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  17. Rotor-head

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    My best Wee mileage has been 58 mpg and the worst right at 50 mpg. I don't flog it or baby it, best description would be a prudently brisk pace. No real off-road riding though. I fill up when the odo hits about 200 miles, usually time to stretch and walk around by then.
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  18. markjenn

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    Low-30's to mid-50's for my DL650. Never had a bike with a wider range between best and worst mileage, but unless you're really pushing it should do 45 or better and 50 is easily attainable at a steady cruise of around 70. Pretty darn good.

    - Mark
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  19. Kawidad

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    The wee doesn't like high speeds (MPG wise), so if you run fast, expect in the lower 40's or so. The low 50's at best. So, you can figure it from there.

    :norton
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  20. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    I fill up around 275miles. That's back and forth to work type riding...
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