950 Gas Mileage / Range Check In

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by PhotoMotard, May 5, 2006.

  1. buckscreek

    buckscreek AUTODIDACTIC

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    Thanks Seth, always wanted to know the difference between an Australian gallon (4.54something litres) and a US gallon, can now do all the number crunching I like! Your experience with 16T vs 17T front sprocket is consistent with mine.
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  2. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    Does the 990 get any better mileage?
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  3. rrh1970

    rrh1970 $lave

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    I just rolled 700+ miles on the new 950 SMR and I am getting between 40 and 42mpg. I have been taking it easy for the break in and my daily commute is ~56 miles roundtrip with about 60% of the ride being freeway and the remaining trip being 45mph zones with traffic lights.
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  4. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    my 950SM and 950SE both get between 35MPG and 40MPG and i usually average 38-39mpg. previously i had an ADV which got pretty much the same mileage and it had a 16t front sprocket. btw i'm an aggressive rider but i ride almost all back roads (SM and SE) and dirt roads (SE) and absolutely no highways or city riding ever!

    I did a track day on my SM recently and my mileage was much worse but im not sure exactly what it was.


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  5. MY ADV

    MY ADV "ZERO.. POINT.. ZERO"

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    175+ miles at fuel light. Fresh service, clean air filter easy throttle control.

    165 miles at fuel light. Between services, easy throttle control

    145 miles at fuel light . Before service, dirty air filter and easy throttle control

    My mileage can vary widely when riding of highway. I don’t have a clear record of my fill ups but my average is about 130 miles starting out with a clean air filter.

    16th countershaft sprocket
    Reprogrammed speedo to 19” front wheel.
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  6. uk_mouse

    uk_mouse Aquatic adventurer

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    I'm using the 16/45 sprocket combination too. I've got a UniFilter fitted, and I've recently changed the main carb jets to smaller ones (to partially compensate for the richer running caused by the extra filter). On a "highway" run I'm getting about 155 miles to the light, or roughly 40mpg, on the twisty roads it's nearer 35mpg.

    Those are Imperial gallons though (the bigger sort). An imperial gallon is 18% more than a US gallon.

    Changing the speedo to a 19" wheel will make the odometer read 5% low, in other words, add 5% to the displayed mileage before calculating your mpg.

    I'm not finished playing with the jetting - people have reported getting over 40mpg (US gallons) when using the combination of the prefilter and different jets, which would translate to 48 miles per imperial gallon! Read the "jetting by Head2Wind" thread for the low down*:)
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  7. buckscreek

    buckscreek AUTODIDACTIC

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    Hi UK Mouse,

    thanks for the additional info re: 5% change to odometer, it begins to make my figures look respectable against others' experiences. My jetting and airfilter are standard, but I will replace the filter to see how it behaves... my bike is averaging 38mpg (BIG gallons, proper miles, etc!) or 14.3litres/kilometre on a mix of country road riding, open and windy country, I don't ride through towns to get to work (a couple of "blink and you'll miss them" villages...) but the bulk of my riding is tar and gravel roads at close to legal speeds

    Thanks to all for the responses

    joe
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  8. ktmkev

    ktmkev Adventurer

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    I went over 311 km on a tank and didn't run out. Still only had room for 20 liters.
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  9. MiddleAgedMissile

    MiddleAgedMissile Long timer

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    Averaged 45mpg on a long leg in Colorado last week with widely varying speeds. Went 208 miles on 4.6 gallons after fuel light on at 189 miles.....yes I was hoping for a gas station soon. Through New Mexico cruising at 90 fuel light came on at 154 miles. I seem to average about 175 miles before fuel light illuminates. According to my GPS at an indicated 75mph I'm actually doing 70. At 45mph indicated my GPS says 41. Not sure of the GPS accuracy.
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  10. pburke

    pburke Talks more than he rides

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    40mpg going pretty fast on gravel, stannding up in the wind, up to 45mpg on the interstate doing a steady 75mph. This was consistent over a 1700 mile trip with a '04 Go! and 16/42 gearing.
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  11. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    Stock 2006.

    Bought the bike with 15xx miles. Now have 28xx miles.

    as low as 35mpg(commuting), to as high as 48mpg(straight freeway/highway).
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  12. idahoskiguy

    idahoskiguy Long timer

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    +1 for 30 to 50 mpg depending upon how hard you twist the throttle.:freaky
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  13. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    35xx miles now on my 06

    I raised the needles, did a canisterectomy and a SAS removal around 3000 miles. First tank after was 34mpg with lots of wheelies thanks to my newfound smoothness and slight bump in power. The next tank was 40mpg.

    All I've been doing is slabbing this thing back and forth to work. Speedo occasionally says 85mph on the way to work.
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  14. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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  15. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Ok, after a 4500 mile trip with the 16 tooth front sprocket and tires ranging from smooth Venom X's to Dunlop 908's I can report. On the interstate in 6th gear going 75 - 85 mph I returned a gas mileage around 42 mpg. In the Nevada desert running high revs in deep sand and big rocks with mixed speeds I returned a gas mileage around 25 mpg.
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  16. LC8rider

    LC8rider Been here awhile

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    Fock me, you must have been desperate! I haven't seen petrol that expensive since a Northern Scotland trip 2 years ago!!
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  17. RedRupert

    RedRupert Brit in the Soviet Union

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    I'm going to quote my range, as it's too complicated to state MP(US)G, MP(UK)G and l/100km etc etc

    To reserve: 280 km (174 miles)
    On reserve: 75 km (46.6 miles)

    Total per tank: 355 km or 220 miles
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  18. StevenD

    StevenD Hmmmm, dirt!

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    That's really impressive!
    What are the spec's of your bike?
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  19. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    It was in Scotland....Invergarry!!:lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    I have a ride report in the ride reports section....called 'Scotland '07' which i think ya might like......no words,just pictures.:1drink
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  20. Pressurized

    Pressurized exit GS, enter KTM

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    I was at exactly that garage in May this year and took a Mille right down to vapours coming from Plockton!
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