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View Poll Results: What is your overall combined average? (US gals.)
Pre K5 650 45 - 50 37 12.98%
Pre K5 650 40 - 45 14 4.91%
Pre K5 650 40 or less 4 1.40%
Pre K5 650 50 - 55 29 10.18%
Pre K5 650 over 55 1 0.35%
K5 + 650 40 or less 8 2.81%
K5 + 650 40 - 45 33 11.58%
K5 + 650 45 - 50 73 25.61%
K5 + 650 50 - 55 75 26.32%
K5 + 650 over 55 11 3.86%
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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel mileage poll overall average (US gals.)

Jim last did this poll almost 3 yrs. ago, just prior to the intro of the OD and remapping of the ECM and throttle bodys.
After talking with him and others I thought about redoing it for an update that people could refer to for comparison.
Yes, there are a lot of things that can influence mpg, but we're just looking for more accurate overall figures in the poll.
I do encourage you to list in your text anything you think may help others in apples to apples comparison.
IE: Driver size/wgt., shields, saddlebags, tire pressures, etc.

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Driver= 155#
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TOP case
OEM tires set for two up pressures
Conservertive driver 95% of the time in auto mode
87 Octane fuel with little to no ethanol
Worst mpg 48.9 with ethanol in stop and go city and construction zones with cooler climate
Best mpg 64.3 cruising secondary roads in warm weather, no ethanol at speeds 45 - 60 mph

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2004 AN650
Driver = 235 lbs.
Givi shield.
Givi Maxia top case = 52 liters.
High up backrest.
No OD.
87 Octane fuel 99% of the time, never any ethanol junk.
Automatic mode 99.8% of the time as thats how I attain my best fuel mileage.
Bridgestone Batlax TH01's front and rear.
Air pressure front 35-36 lbs, rear 41-42 lbs. Single or 2 up.
Worst fuel mileage 47-48 per imperial gallon, combined city and highway or using POWER mode and under cooler temps. I never calculate MPG's in U.S gallons, its either liters per 100 kms or miles per Imperial gallons.
Best fuel mileage 54-56 per imperial gallon, mainly highway or country roads 50 to 65 mph, rpm's 3500 to 4500. I never calculate MPG's in U.S gallons, its either liters per 100 kms or miles per Imperial gallons.
Curiously very little difference in fuel economy my riding single or with my 135 lbs wife riding pilion.

Normally my riding style is relaxed and easy, get there 5 minutes later, but get there in one piece.

For the purpose of this poll I performed the conversions to U.S gallons:

Worst would be = 40 to 42 mpg per U.S gallon.

Best would be = 47 to 49 mpg per U.S gallon.

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46 mpg overall

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03 Model, blue & well waxed
my weight 190#
TP front 34PSI Rear 39
87 octane and 10% ethanol (ethanol does decrease MPG about 3 mpg)
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Mostly flat freeway and state roads with rolling hills @ twisties
I wish I could say 60+MPG but it is 50-51 smiles solo and 48 when 2 up

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Scooter..........................: Stock 04 standard 650 with a top box.
Rider weight....................: 190lbs (solo rider)
Tires pressures.................: 40 psi Front, 42 psi Rear (OEM Bridgestones)
Stop & Go City driving mpg...: 45-50 mpg (speed 05-55 mph)
Non stop driving mpg..........: 55-65 mpg (speed 35-85 mph)
Worst mpg......................: 42 mpg
Best mpg........................: 65 mpg
Fuel type........................: 87 octane
Shifting mode..................: Automatic 99% of the time
Power mode....................: Hardly ever used

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LeDude, I notice your weight and mine are the same and you are riding a non OD as well but your MPG is much better than mine. I notice that you are running higher air pressures than I do. Could that make such a difference in MPG? Does running higher pressures make the tire wear more in the center? I may try what you are running and see if it makes a difference. Hopefully those pressures won't change the handling of my scoot

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Ken,

You can always give it a try and see if it is going to make a difference for you.
I have been running these same pressures ever since I bought my Burgy so I couldn't tell you anything different.
I always check the side wall on my tires to see what the maximum psi limit is and usually either run it at that or one or two psi below that depending on the bike. The Bridgestones have a 44 psi max limit.
For my Burgman the 40 psi front and 42 psi back have worked really well. Bike still feels very responsive and doesn't float or lose traction at all.

I haven't experienced any cupping or uneven wear on my tires, and I have been getting close to 15k miles out of my rear tire and probably around 21k out of the front tire.

I check my tire pressure twice a week and after each bike wash.

I have my rear suspension set to 3.

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Scooter..........................: Stock 07 standard 650
Windshield......................: Givi
Rider weight....................: 360lbs (solo rider)
Tires pressures.................: 40 psi Front, 44 psi Rear (OEM Bridgestones)
Stop & Go City driving mpg...: 45-50 mpg (speed 05-65 mph indicated)
Non stop driving mpg..........: 50-58 mpg (speed 35-75 mph indicated)
Worst mpg......................: 43 mpg
Best mpg........................: 58 mpg
Fuel type........................: 87 octane
Power mode....................: Hardly ever used

Started playing with manual mode for my commute to and from work, seems to cause my mpg computer to climb faster.... but have not done enough to be conclusive...
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Re: Fuel mileage poll overall average (US gals.)

I have an '06 650 Exec:

Rider: 180#
Commute: Secondary roads, 35-50mph average, occasional traffic light etc.
Stock: Everything except the PCIII & GBat battery.
PCIII: Got this to eliminate the cough back through the air filter in cooler temps and throttle position between accel & decel. Annoying issue to me.
MPG: Always a constat 50mpg. One trip meter is reset every fill: 50mpg. Second trip meter has @ 4,000 miles: 50mpg.
Miles: Odo is @ 13,600.

The PCII eliminated that nasty cough. I suspect is was a tad lean from factory and as such, inefficient. It also gave a better average mpg and has a small but noticable performance boost - mainly to being a more efficeint air/fuel ratio. If I was after peak air/fuel ratio etc, I'd have her dyno'd but she's good as it is using the stock map.

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