Who can get the best NC700X Fuel mileage?

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  1. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    Tell us what speeds you were going.
    Percentage of city and highway riding.
    Octane rating fuel.
    Did the fuel contain ethanol?

    I'll start this off with my first tank. After I left the dealer with mine, I topped it off with 87 octane non ethanol
    and went 205 miles when the fuel gauge started flashing. I rode 17.4 miles more and topped off with again with
    87 octane non ethanol, 3.1206 gallons.
    I rode the speed limits from 55 - 70 mph 95% highway 5% city. I usually shift between 2600-3500 RPM.
    On this tank I wasn't trying for the best I could get, I was just riding like I normally do when going to and from work.
    222.4 / 3.1206 = 71.26 MPG.

    I know some have beat this mileage, but lets see who can get the best on ADV.
    Then maybe we can see who can get the worst.
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  2. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    71 mpg is awesome! I only get about 79 mpg on my little 125 Yamaha Zuma!
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  3. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    I thought so to, since I wasn't really trying for the high numbers the first tank.
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  4. fonztheyeti

    fonztheyeti king of all i survey

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    wow. really?
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  5. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    When I get in the higher gears I generally shift at 3000 to 3500. I haven't red-lined it yet, I guess I'm
    used to my diesel pick up. The torque curve works real well for my driving style.
    I know it could get me in trouble speed wise, but it is enjoyable to ride at slower pace and I think I will be able to 80 mpg out of it when its run in.
    I'm sure I could get 50 mpg out of it in the curves too. It is a fun little bike than gets the famed BMW mpg numbers.
    My TW is the only bike that I got over 70 mpg and that was painfully slow going to and from work.
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  6. Mobiker

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    What brand of gas is 87 octane, non-ethanol in Missouri? I'm in central Missouri and I think they are all 10% unless you buy premium.

    Great mpg btw. I'm becoming increasingly interested in the Honda.
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  7. turbodieseli4i6

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    Sorry but every gas station that I know in Missouri has ethanol. I got my gas in Oklahoma. I bought my bike in Tulsa
    and topped off the first tank in Miami. My Dad lives in OK also and I topped off again before returning to MO.
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  8. Mobiker

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    That was fast!
    I wondered if you got it in OK. Now that the EPA is encouraging E15, I expect we're screwed here in MO.
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  9. turbodieseli4i6

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    The last I heard, all gas in MO was E10:puke1
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  12. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    Those're pretty impressive fuel milage figures for the NC700!! Best I've ever gotten out of my Kawi EX250-H (ZZ-R) is 60mpg ... and I Ride conservatively ...
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  13. swiss-happy

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    The long stroke and fuel efficiency of the Honda Jazz motor is famous. They took half (2 cylinders) and made the NC700X.
    In Europe we talk about 3-4L / 100km. That is super good!
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  14. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    I just looked at the ethenol free list.... for my area (Minnesota) it's a pretty dang comprehensive dang list.

    Seems for me, the cure is just buy premium.

    FYI, that's great news and great reading about the new Honda. Went and sat on one a couple weeks ago, maybe not the bike for me, but does have some impressive bits about it.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the Honda, I have been following the other threads for it here and there.
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  15. turbodieseli4i6

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    The only premium gas that I buy is for my chainsaws, because they require it. Now that I know I can get non ethanol in premium I will pay the extra.
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  16. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    I have about 1400 miles on my NC700X now. These receipts are from riding yesterday and today. Based on cross checking several times against a Garmin 2730 my odometer is off about 2% and the miles per tank written on the receipts is corrected as close as I can get it. Understand this ........ I made no special attempts to raise mileage by coasting, being towed, tailgating, riding downhill for 50 miles - I live in FL. Temperatures were 75 to 95 degrees F with high humidity. I weight 152 lbs and always wear ATGATT. I had a few lbs in the not a tank storage compartment, tool kit, air compressor, tire tools, water bottles.

    The receipt on the upper left represents about 30 miles of urban interstate at +/- 70 mph. About 15 miles was stop and go urban 25-45 mph roads. I rode the rest of it on rural two lane roads posted at 55-60 mph. In city traffic I ride defensively and generally don't speed unless the traffic flow requires it to maintain a safe position. On open roads I ride speed limit plus 5 to 15 as needed (or desired). Sometimes more. This is not creeping along behind a Prius trying to get 50 mpg, this is real world motorcycle riding, a Saturday morning ride. This tank returned 73.88 mpg on up to 10% ethanol 89 octane mid grade.

    The top right was about the same type of roads without the interstate travel, all two lane rural roads posted 55 or more, a few miles of urban 25-55 mph roads getting out of town. I think I used 10% E 87 octane regular for the first time this fill-up. 73.9 mpg.

    Bottom left was 87 octane E10. I was riding with a friend on open rural roads at 55 to 75 mph. Stopped and ate breakfast along the way. Mileage dropped to 71 mpg.

    Bottom right was different, a ringer, an organic cotton dressed woman behind the wheel of a Prius, a real attempt to ride slow. Painfully slow. I picked a road home, A1A from Fernandina Beach, FL to Jacksonville were the limit is 55 but I could safely ride 45 to 50 mph with no stops in between. I left one gas station and rode non-stop to another one. This was shockingly boring riding about 30 miles at 50 mph but I wanted to see if I could bust 80 mpg. I will probably never ride the bike again like this as there is real danger of falling asleep and crashing. 90 + mpg.

    That's it, I am not saving any more receipts and simply going back to riding for the pleasure of it. The mileage is just a bonus.

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  17. Unstable Rider

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    DD,

    Great write-up brother,

    That is some swell gas mileage, I must say.

    Kicking my ozone-frying KLR's ass you are.

    Enjoyed the comprehensive report, keep em coming from different angles, that bike is pioneering some fuel-economy ground me thinks. Gettin scooter mileage out of 700. Hmm, and it's not even a step-through! :D
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    Impressive numbers and a very appealing bike. However, the engineer in me wonders if the mileage calculated from a 30 mile ride can be very precise ... If you're adding less than a gallon, a few ounces variation in your fill level can make a pretty big difference in MPG. Still, the 70-something MPG tanks seem very realistic. This bike would be a great replacement for my VStrom, which never really sees anything rougher than a few hundred yards of packed dirt occasionally.

    -dman
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  19. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    I agree. I try to get at least a 100 mile sample and I also should have gone back to the original pump to remove any variation in pump calibration. On the other hand, I never have bought a motorcycle in order to get good mileage or save money. I ride for the pleasure of it and riding those 30 miles was about all I could do. The 90 mpg sample could be actually more or less and still not be any less remarkable for a 670cc motorcycle that is really fun to ride. As more people buy these and the data points accumulate I know 70+ mpg results are here to stay for average riders just out riding and the eco-modders are going to really have fun.
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  20. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    This is my fuel log so if you see any mistakes please let me know! I want to be as accurate and honest as I can, good or bad.
    If I seem anal about fuel mileage, its because I am! but I do like to have fun and will take bad fuel mileage for a speed run.
    For the record, I fill until the tank will not hold any more fuel. I top it completely off.

    07/27/12
    1<SUP>st</SUP> fill up, I topped the tank off because the dealer didn't.
    I added 1.896 gallons of 87 octane no ethanol.
    3.249 per gallon total $6.16 ​

    08/06/12
    I rode the speed limit from 55-70 mph. And shifted around 3,000 rpm.
    I added 3.1206 gallons of 87 octane no ethanol today. 236.1 miles on the clock. This tank will be off by 13.7 miles So I actually had 222.4 miles on this tank.
    222.4 miles / 3.1206 gallons = 71.26834583092995 mpg


    After this tank, I will guarantee my mileage will be accurate to the odometer.
    I set my GPS when I filled up the second tank, so we can see how far the odometer is off on this tank.
    I checked the GPS and it is very close to the speedometer less than 1 mph difference.




    07/27/12
    I added 1.896 gallons to the dealers initial fill. The NCX had 13.7 miles on the clock.
    08/06/12 I added 3.120 gallons with 236.1 miles on the clock, - 13.7 miles = 222.4 miles on this tank.
    Both tanks were 87 octane with NO ETHANOL. Actual mileage is 71.26834583092995 mpg
    on this tank.​


    08/12/12
    I added 3.568 gallons of premium non ethanol gas at 3.779/gallon.
    I used premium because the regular had ethanol in it.
    I rode 242.5 miles per the odometer and 240.10 per the Garmin 60CX.
    Total miles on the odometer is 478.8-236.1= 242.7 There is a .2 difference between trip and odometer?
    242.5 / 3.568 = 67.9652466367713 mpg per trip odometer.
    240.10 / 3.568 = 67.29260089686099 mpg per GPS 60CX
    242.7 / 3.568 = 68.02130044843049 per odometer.
    I am going to use the odometer for my mileage, even though it is not exact.
    I had some spirited riding on this tank because I tried to outrun a rainstorm. I lost and still ended up soaked from head to toe. ​


    08/13/12
    I added Non Ethanol premium today because I rode way too fast on this 48.4 mile ride. I didn't want to distort a full tank because of some wide open jaunts and some speed testing.
    Amount of fuel was .687 gallons @ $3.779 per gallon
    The odometer read 527.1 miles - 478.8 = 48.3 miles / .687 gallons = 70.3056768558952 mpg
    The trip read 48.4 miles / .687 gallons = 70.45123726346434 mpg
    The GPS read 47.67 miles / .687 gallons = 69.38864628820961mpg​


    For the record. Thanks for the pure gas link Garp! Even though I have to get premium gas I can get it very close to my work!
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