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. Garry

    Garry Old and In The Way

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    I seem to get 45 - 47 with my Wee. I tend to keep the engine around 6K RPM and ride it hard, so that probably costs me a few MPG. The "Get Gas Now" blinking starts around 220 miles and leaves a little under a gallon in the tank. Figure I'm good for 250 if I push it.
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  2. turboderek

    turboderek DL650 TW200 RD400

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    i go 2 day between fill up on my 130 mile roundtrip commute. In So. California traffic while lane splitting, stop & go (5 - 45 mph), 90 mph burst, and 75 mph cruises happen both ways. 260 miles easy but I can/do go 300 miles a tank. bike is stock excpt for a fork brace.
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  3. Dratharr

    Dratharr Been here awhile

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    I mounted some Aluminum Panniers on my wee. What should my milage drop to with this modification? On my KLR it dropped to low 40's to mid/low 30's in a head/side wind. On my GS it didnt make near as much as a difference. Any ideas on this one?
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  4. AKStrom

    AKStrom Just call me 'Magellan'

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    Off the top of my head, I'd say the difference in power between the motors. The KLR motor has to expend a much larger portion of its horsepower budget to overcome that additional aerodynamic drag.

    I'll defer to a real engineer though if this thread manages to pull one in.
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  5. bluebye

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  6. duncanfc

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    What are people getting for tank mileage on the 2013 model of the DL650?
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  7. Gobius

    Gobius Been here awhile

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    I've only had mine for 2 weeks, but in the first two tanks I've gotten 52 and 54 mpg, which gives me a solid 250 miles on a tank.
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  8. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Had -07 and -09 Wee, last year got the newer -12. The tank volume is about half a gallon less, but the bike also uses less fuel under similar circumstances, so practical range between fuel stops remains roughly the same (for me it´s normally been around 220-260 miles). It just costs about 10% less to fill up the -12 model, which is nice.
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  9. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    I can easily get 240 miles per tank in my 09 wee. This is riding around the mountians and some highway.
    On my last trip to FL running about 75-80mph i could barely get 200. Windy conditions really make a big difference.

    I have never been able to put more than 5 gal on my bike even when both lights are blinking.
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  10. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    On my 04 I felt lucky to break 40mpg with a mostly surface street commute with speeds up to around 60mph.
    1,000 miles on my '12 and I've yet to break 50mpg for a full tank.
    With a nearly all freeway commute at about a 65mph average speed.

    I'm getting gas around 220 miles on the new bike and the lights and bars flashing at 190 miles on the old bike.

    Literally, your mileage will vary.
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  11. enduro gorilla

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    I own a 2008 vstrom 650. I ride the bike fast. I continually get 270miles to the 5.8 galon tank when commuting . When i ride rural I get well over 300 miles to the tank. Its the best bike I,ve ever owned the swiss army knife of motorcycles. I've rode mine in dirt sand , rocks rain and snow it will handle it all you throw at it .Then get on the highway and cruise. Suzuki was right on with the vstrom creation.
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  12. Redlabel

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    My wife and I both ride 2011 650 Vstroms and consistently get about 55mpg. I have Happy Trails aluminum panniers on mine and have noticed no decrease in mileage.....if it's there, it's not enough to worry about. 260+ on a tank with a little to spare.
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  13. lost_too

    lost_too Been here awhile

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    I can get 250+ miles on mine. Start to get a little stressed over 240 though....
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  14. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I wish I could get 300 miles per tank. The first fuel bar usually starts blinking around 215 and the final bar around 230. I think the furthest I've gone is 250 or 260. That's a mix of surface street commuting and highway. Although I do usually ride a gear low so I'm always right in the powerband so as to avoid moron drivers.
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  15. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Is it 6 or 5.8? Is 5.8 taking into account the fuel filters volume in the tank?
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  16. doc4216

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    I used to consistently 240/tank out of mine....mainly paved, not offroad at all.
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  17. Jud

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    The gas tank actually holds a smidge more than 5.8gals if you fill you top it completely off. I have pumped more than 5.8 gals a couple of times {I'm not to worried about running out as I generally carry three spare MSR bottles of fuel in tool tubes}. I get rap mileage compared to many as I run pretty spunky gearing {14/50} and I tend to play alot and run 10-20mph over the speed limit. Even so, I can generally average around 40mpg and I get at least 200 miles per tank before the gage goes to blinking. Even once you have a blinking gage, you still have plenty of time to get fuel. Yea, I have averaged better with up around 50mph and have averaged middlin 30s. Like every says, your results may vary.:deal

    Funny thing,,,,, I have three pretty different bikes and they all average right around the same mpg. The XR650L is an air cooled 650cc single, the DL650 is a water cooled twin and the FJR is a 1300cc 4cyl and yet they all average around 40mpg for me.:hmmmmm
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  18. mullerjd

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    I can go at least 400 commuting to and from work.. I have a modified tank though :D
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  19. Gyrene84

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    I have a stock 2005 DL650 and I usually get 53mpg. Though last tank I got 55mpg half mountain roads and half desert highway at 75mph.

    I would say 220-250 miles is pretty safe.
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  20. sierraoffroad

    sierraoffroad Long timer

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    my 2007 650 will give me about 300 miles around town driving on a full tank. i use 89 octane. my bike will ping and have slight knock on 87.

    going 75-80 i get around 48-50 mpg.
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