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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Boredsurfer, May 26, 2021.
Honda really had a great thing there. Too bad there are so few DLXs in USA.
Can only dream of those speeds (legally) here in Australia. For the majority of the country, with the exception of Northern Territory, the highest speed limit is 110 kmh (68 mph).
My R1150R would go 185+ miles before the low fuel light came on and I never put more than 4.5 gallons into the 5.5 gallon tank. So I'd say in practical terms you could call it a 200 mile bike.
my little 883 got 57mpg when it was just a 2 wheeler, if I was on it hard it got about 55. It only has the 3 gallon tank tho, some models have a 4.5 tank and that coupled with a light wrist should get you to the crazy range.
I have three Triumphs that should be able to cover 200 miles on a single tank:
- 2018 Bonneville
- 2019 Scrambler 1200 XC
- 2020 Thruxton RS
Not sure if it is possible, but I get around 55 mpg with the 700 and it is geared low. One more tooth on the front might just put it up around 60 mpg, but I don't know that for sure. I may in the future, because it can easily pull a tooth higher on the front and I'm not drag racing.
I do agree it's a shame the companies ignore the fuel capacity of most naked bikes. no reason in the world not to have 4+ gallons and most could do 5.
I could prob'ly get 200 from the Tuono but the risk of pushing it that last couple miles makes me fill it around 160-170.
Good grief..every Tuono I have ever seen gets mid 30 mpg. Maybe they have improved that? Or maybe you have an older V2?
Don't now how Yamaha got such good mileage out of that CP2 engine.
My wife's MT07 always gets at least 60mpg.
70 mpg on my MT-07 last weekend of riding in the Arkansas hills. 65-68 mpg all the time.
I don't I could ride it hard enough to get below 60 mpg.
I have a 2014 Triumph Street Triple 675 R, which has a claimed 17.5 litre fuel tank. Taking empiricism seriously as is my want, I once ran it dry to see what the actual tank capacity was. It turned out to be 16.3 litres. Why the discrepancy? All manufacturers quote tank volume as tank capacity, yet the reality is all modern fuel injected bikes have high pressure fuel pumps and associated filters and plumbing contained within the tank. Combine that with the impossibility of drawing every last drop of fuel from the tank and its not unreasonable that the 17.5 litre tank on my Street Triple actually has a maximum useable capacity of 16 litres.
As an aside its worth remembering that the immersed fuel pumps of modern bikes use the fuel as a cooling medium, that the pump flows much more fuel than is required by the engine even at 100% throttle at peak power, so most of the pumped fuel is returned to the tank under pressure and heated by its journey to the engine and back. All this means is if you live in hot climates like I do running a tank close to empty is not good for the fuel pump and regular running of the tank dry is a great way to root the pump totally.
Back to fuel range. The best I have had is a GPS verified 321.6 km before refilling and the bike at that point still had some fuel in the tank, which for those folk who still cling to pre industrial-revolution measures is 198.5 miles. For that tankful bike averaged 4.4l/100km according to its trip computer, so theoretically my Triumph Street Triple 675 R is capable of (16.3/4.4) x 100 = 370km before running dry so you can add it to the list of bikes that qualify.
But there is a caveat. To achieve over 324km/200 feudal units per tank I have to ride steadily on the speed limit on the the freeway and why in the name of Dog would anybody willingly choose to ride a motorcycle that way? In the real world where motorcycling is actually a fun thing to do with joyful cornering and gratuitous acceleration I get fuel consumption 5.3 to 5.8l/100km, this gives me real world range of 250 to 275km with a margin to find the next fuel. Is that enough? Of course it is. I live in a country the size of the USA with no where near the population density of the US and in the last 14 months put over 30,000km of open road and sport touring riding on it and not once was sub 200 mile range an impediment, either route planning or in practice.
Yeah 2004 Tuono w/Rotax V-Twin.
NOT my 2013 CB1100. I love it and I like to work it pretty hard, and if I see 130 miles from a tank, it's a miracle.
Friend has an XSR900, he seemed to get pretty good mileage out of a tank.
2010 Rocket III Roadster, 35 to 40 mpg in day to day riding, 6 gallon tank.
I'm pretty sure my SDR can pull 50mpg if ridden very sedately. so looking at 200ish/tank if forced to.
Don't see the point of having a hypernaked if you don't "let it eat" often though.
I've only ever seen two bikes that could reliably get 200 miles out of a tank. One was my old Goldwing GL1100, which got an easy 50mpg if I didn't flog it and had a six gallon tank. The other is my brother's Yamaha 125 cc whatever he rides in Guatemala. Thing gets crazy gas mileage and has a big tank. 200 miles range easy. Just don't try it on the freeway here, it doesn't go that fast.
I believe you can just about get 200 miles out of a V9 Bobber/Roamer.
I’m super jealous of the range some of you guys are getting. My 07 S4RS gets 75 miles to a tank if I don’t flog it. That damn bike can pass just about anything but a gas station.
That S4RS has a 4 gallon tank, does it leak out the bottom?