VStrom Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Queen, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Absolutely. The speedo is off by about 6-7%, but the odometer is spot on. If you correct the speedo reading, your odometer now reads low by the same percentage. That and the fact that now when you are going an indicated 80MPH it actually is 80MPH, whereas before you were only going 73-74, so you got better fuel consumption from that too...

    Gustavo
  2. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Are you sure it is not your wrist?
  3. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    The MOESOF product is a similar concept to the Sweet Cheeks (http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks) that has been around for some time (I have one for my XT600E). Works very well at a much lower price point than a seat rebuild. Just depends on what the problem with your OEM seat really is.
  4. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Ridden the same way, similar speeds, my ZX-9 gets a tic over 50 mpg, while the Wee is struggling to get over 40. WITH LESS THAN HALF THE HP.
    Maybe the difference between properly jetted carbs vs FI.

    (But that's another subject)
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  5. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    The ZX-9 is probably more aerodynamic so should do better at higher speeds. I noted my Wee got worse mpg than bigger bikes at 80mph+ with a strong headwind but much better when putting about at <60mph in the same company. Under the latter conditions, the Wee was getting close to 60 mpg while the other bikes were about 6-10 mpg behind.
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  6. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    I too have a best avg of 43.2 mpg
    On my 16 650
    Same as on my dr650
  7. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    It's definitely more slippery. My feet didn't get cold (winter) on the 9, they will on the wee.
  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    How you guys manage this I do not know. Bad gas? Alot of short trips? Freeways?

    Are you going by speedo MPG or by calculation?
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  9. solo650

    solo650 Adventurer

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    Rode the Missouri SwingingBridges ride,,,, Trip computer was showing 56.9 mpg, 253 miles of gravel, pavement mix.
    '17 650xt
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  10. cyclopathic

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    Trip computer is usually ~3mpg worse than actual and it is still so on Wee3. Miles/gallon is more accurate.
  11. Psycho18th

    Psycho18th Been here awhile

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    Wonder if it’s just the newer bikes. My ‘04 650 gets between 55-58 mpg mix of 80 mph highway and slower twisty pavement.
  12. CatBehemoth

    CatBehemoth Been here awhile

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    I do 95-100 miles commute every day, with 80-100 mph for more than half of these miles. I get 43-45 mpg, but my 05 Wee also burns a lot of oil :(
  13. hawkgt

    hawkgt Daydreaming

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    My ‘06 Wee was always mid-40’s, with the same roads and same riding style my ‘12 is consistently low 50’s and feels quicker. That’s actual mpg calculated, not with the generous trip computer.
  14. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    My observation matches cyclopathic's regarding the trip computer. The actual mileage (based on distance traveled/actual fuel pumped) is always better than what the trip computer indicates, not the other way around. You also have to remember that the speedometer/odometer reading is affected by your gearing and tire choices. For example, I noticed that a Shinko 705 150/70-17 is actually a bit taller than a an Avon TrailRider it replaced (and every other 150/70-17 I've had on a V-Strom), enough to see a difference in indicated speed vs. GPS speed after the tire change (~2%). That adds another ~2% error (under estimating) to the trip computer...

    Gustavo
  15. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    I dont believe i have ever seen better then 45
    nyc here
    But same for pkys, and remote riding +-


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  16. cyclopathic

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    My worse according to fuelly 27.9 and the best 64+ with average 53? Used to be 58+ but went down significantly due to side cases and long trips.

    27.9 was in eastern Montana on US-2 going 80-85 into 35mph wind, fully loaded. Maybe bad gas too.
  17. Rusty Shakelford

    Rusty Shakelford Adventurer

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    Bad gas had my wee running poorly. Thought my fuel filter was clogged and was preparing to do the filter mod. Gonna keep commuting for now that it's running good again. Mpg's are in low 40's but it's geared down with 14 tooth CS and running the dobek tuner thingy. I like it that way, it's fun to ride.
  18. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    I saw my worst miles per tank on WB US 2 in Montana as well, that wind is insane! I don't keep track of fuel mileage on a bike, because why would you give a shit (sorry, everybody else on this thread), but i recall how brutal the hit was to my mileage between gas stops.
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  19. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Mad Scientist

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    I just checked my '17 Wee-3 XT the other day, and believe me...my '17 Wee-3 XT is the least aerodynamic bike out there, with everything I have on it, loaded, and with my phat ass on it....and I still get an average of 55 mpg.

    Rumor has it that the '17 Wee-3 XT's are the very best V-Stroms ever made (that is my rumor, and I am spreading it like wildfire) :jack
  20. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Yeah, not only are you getting old and senile (I can't think of any other explanation for confusing the best Wee out there, the Wee2 with a Wee3... :augie), you ride like it too, getting 55 MPG on that thing that is required to carry a "Wide Load" sign in all 50 states and US territories... :lol3

    Gustavo
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