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whitesands
05-23-2008, 11:52 PM
Filled up today and decided to set the trip meter and got over 46 MPG cruising in 5th gear at 3,600 rpm...Not too bad.

Dink.1170
05-24-2008, 05:24 AM
I am getting 20km/litre, whatever that is in US mpg, please note my Bonnie only has 3600 kms on it, so not run in yet.

Dink

FDM
05-24-2008, 08:19 AM
That sounds pretty good, last time I checked I was around 42 or 43 mpg riding 2up.

grandelatte
05-24-2008, 09:56 AM
i commute everyday on my sv - 60 miles round trip. i fill her up every other day and it consistently takes 2.1 gal.

120 miles / 2.1 gal = 57mpg

i love my sv650s!!!!:rider: :rider:

Z_Hawk
05-24-2008, 10:39 AM
I'm only getting 16KM per L, but I ride hard. Thats about 38MPG for you Yanks.

PhilS
05-24-2008, 02:48 PM
At 4200 miles, and a replacement 17 tooth sprocket, I installed a speedo healer to get the speedometer perfect to GPS. But, the ODO is off a bit - I'm thinking 5% or so. I plan a good long ride on the 31st and will post some mpg readings then. Significance here is that, the speedo was off before the sprocket by 6% high and really off by about 10% or so after the sprocket, but I am unsure if the stock ODO was dead on or off as I now know the stock ODO and SPDO are not sync'd for whatever reasons.

More in about a week or so with mpg readings with a dead-on (or spot-on for you Euro's) speedometer.

Phil

Bear on a bicycle
05-24-2008, 02:59 PM
i commute everyday on my sv - 60 miles round trip. i fill her up every other day and it consistently takes 2.1 gal.

120 miles / 2.1 gal = 57mpg

i love my sv650s!!!!:rider: :rider:

I thought the SV 650 had a 5 gallon tank...

terrebandit
05-24-2008, 06:04 PM
i commute everyday on my sv - 60 miles round trip. i fill her up every other day and it consistently takes 2.1 gal.

120 miles / 2.1 gal = 57mpg

i love my sv650s!!!!:rider: :rider:

My son gets about that on our 1st gen SV650 but he weighs about 130 lbs. I weight twice what he weighs and I still get 43mpg on that bike.

The best I can do on my Bandit is 39 mpg (a 2000 model) but its modified (pipe and jet kit).

charrito
05-24-2008, 06:05 PM
I'm between 50-55 mpg on the M50.

hawk GT
05-24-2008, 06:24 PM
I get 50mpg highway and 40ish city. At least we aren't havin' to pay what they are in Europe...................yet.:ponder:

whitesands
05-24-2008, 08:31 PM
I might have to get an SV650 for my wife...:-D

dwoodul
05-25-2008, 07:04 AM
My Bandit 1250 ('07) is getting around 44+ MPG when I take it easy which is good because with gas at almost $4/gallon, I'll be taking the sucker to work a LOT more often now.

Ol Dave

The Big Spank Daddy
05-25-2008, 07:17 AM
I now know the stock ODO and SPDO are not sync'd for whatever reasons.

By law the odometer has to be accurate. No such law for the speedometer. The speedometers are notorious for being inaccurate toward reading too fast. When you adjusted the speedometer to be more accurate you have now thrown off the accuracy of the odometer.

Also, many newer bikes use the counter sprocket as the "counter" for speed and distance. By changing gear ratios via changing the sprockets you throw off the programing of the spedo.

PhilS
05-28-2008, 07:10 PM
Isn't Math Great???:sun:

I mean, without it, our bikes would not work nor have been designed nor would my "Speedo Healer" have a quick way of determining offset percentages to fix your speedometer, or in my case, my odometer.

Well, today was a particularly nice day in Mid-Ohio and the family was out so I decided to heal my odometer now that I know the speedo and odo will never sync on this bike and the odo is more important to me.

These are brand new Avon Storm St tires with a 17 tooth front sporcket, stock rear sprocket.

Here's what I did:

Initial Run - Set the Healer to factory 0%. Set GPS to 0.0, and Trip "B" to 0.0. I took off on a straight freeway ride with little to no turning just in case it mattered. Here are the results:

75MPH on GPS
87MPH on Speedometer
4600RPM on Tach
6th gear
13.0 GPS trip
14.1 Odometer trip

Based on the formula of:

((GPS/Indicated)-1)x100) = % of offset to be set in Speedo Healer

I wanted to fix the ODO, so it went like this:

13.0 divided by 14.1, minus 1, times 100, equals -7.8%.

Secondary Run - Set the Healer to -7.8%. Set GPS to 0.0, and Trip "B" to 0.0. I took off on the same return trip home straight freeway ride with little to no turning just in case it mattered again. Here are the final results:

75MPH on GPS
80MPH on Speedometer
4600RPM on Tach
6th gear
13.5 GPS trip
13.5 Odometer trip (yippee!!):clap:

The odometer is now dead on and the speedometer is indicating like Japanese bikes do - high - by 5MPH at 75 mph - no big deal.

An exact odo was more important to me as my Iron Butt ride is coming up later this year and I wanted it close for tracking, MPG, etc, etc.

There ya go.

Later - Phil

Roy
05-29-2008, 05:52 AM
mine is all over the board 35 to 45 mpg highway the lowest running GPS 85~90 mph.

bones
05-29-2008, 06:18 AM
32-28 on average. Seems to be getting better the last couple tanks. I am at 5700 miles and just switched to Zuk synthetic last week, was Reotella synthetic before. hmmm

I am thinking I am in the 40's FINALLY.

Lost Yankee
06-03-2008, 03:47 PM
I am getting 20km/litre, whatever that is in US mpg, please note my Bonnie only has 3600 kms on it, so not run in yet.

Dink


This works out to 48.4 mpg (US). Maybe Aussie gas is better than domestic blended.

whitesands
06-03-2008, 07:46 PM
48 mpg.....Outstanding fuel economy for a 1255cc inline 4!

Dink.1170
06-04-2008, 04:45 AM
This works out to 48.4 mpg (US). Maybe Aussie gas is better than domestic blended.

Maybe our Police and associated speeding laws are more draconian, "they" try and make out that speeders are criminals, national open road speed limit is 100 kmh (62mph) occassional freeways allow 110kmh (68mph) but I know our fuel is rubbish.

Dink

Deer Slayer
06-04-2008, 09:29 AM
Just got back from a trip to CO on my 05 FJR. I got from a low of 38 while screaming through the desert and doing high speed twisties to a high of 48 on two tanks while crusing slow through the mountains.

A1A
06-11-2008, 09:59 PM
I rode 206 miles exactly, 75% city and 25% highway from this tank of fuel. I put in 4.500 US gals. exactly in the tank. Prior to filling the tank I looked in and shook the bike. I really don't think there was close to 1/2 gal. left in the tank. The mark and the segment never did blink on and off together. For the record I got 45.77 mpg from the tank of gasoline.
Sometime I'm going to fill the bike on the centerstand instead of fueling with bike on the sidestand. Just curious, but I believe you can get more gas in the tank with bike on centerstand.

:rider:

sproggy
06-12-2008, 03:26 AM
I rode 206 miles exactly, 75% city and 25% highway from this tank of fuel. I put in 4.500 US gals. exactly in the tank. Prior to filling the tank I looked in and shook the bike. I really don't think there was close to 1/2 gal. left in the tank. The mark and the segment never did blink on and off together. For the record I got 45.77 mpg from the tank of gasoline.


That's about 57 miles per UK gallon :eek2: - you're not riding hard enough!

The mark and segment blink together when you've got a litre and a half left (I've checked this - put 17.5 litres in a few hundred yards after they started flashing together). 4.5 US gallons is about 16.3 litres so you still had another litre to go before they started flashing together assuming the tank was brimmed at the previous fill.

Sometime I'm going to fill the bike on the centerstand instead of fueling with bike on the sidestand. Just curious, but I believe you can get more gas in the tank with bike on centerstand.

I don't have a centrestand but I always fill the bike while I'm sitting on it, holding it upright. It takes a while to dribble the last half a litre in but having crammed in 17.5 litres from mark and segment flashing I'm pretty confident that I get it filled right up to 19 litres that way. I've never tried filling it on the side stand.

vamacher
06-12-2008, 05:48 AM
For my first 600 miles I am getting a steady 43 mpg.

A1A
06-12-2008, 07:04 AM
That's about 57 miles per UK gallon :eek2: - you're not riding hard enough!

The mark and segment blink together when you've got a litre and a half left (I've checked this - put 17.5 litres in a few hundred yards after they started flashing together). 4.5 US gallons is about 16.3 litres so you still had another litre to go before they started flashing together assuming the tank was brimmed at the previous fill.



I don't have a centrestand but I always fill the bike while I'm sitting on it, holding it upright. It takes a while to dribble the last half a litre in but having crammed in 17.5 litres from mark and segment flashing I'm pretty confident that I get it filled right up to 19 litres that way. I've never tried filling it on the side stand.

I must admit that I did keep the bike under 4,500 rpm for the most part. Yes the previous fill up was as full as I could get it with the bike on the centerstand.

DaveC
06-12-2008, 07:20 AM
Filled up today and decided to set the trip meter and got over 46 MPG cruising in 5th gear at 3,600 rpm...Not too bad.


That kind of bad for a bicycle isn't it?

:lol2:

never mind this is the bandit thread.

:lol:

SteelD
06-12-2008, 12:07 PM
My Bandit 1250 ('07) is getting around 44+ MPG when I take it easy which is good because with gas at almost $4/gallon, I'll be taking the sucker to work a LOT more often now.

Gas at almost $4/gallon? Ye gods! Does your government subsidise it for you? In the UK, we're paying about 1.18/litre which works out at about $8.68/gallon after taking into account the different size gallons. :tears:

wanabeguru
06-12-2008, 12:29 PM
Went on a 2 up ride the other day. Got close to 50mpg on the BANDIT 1250S! I'm lovin' it!! Today's gas is $4.65/gal el cheapo 87:eek2:

trl5791
06-12-2008, 01:07 PM
03 fz1 I am getting 38 average in austin traffic. when I get out of town I get between 45-50 when I am minding my manners. holeshot stage one and muzzy low mount

PhilS
06-12-2008, 04:08 PM
Gas at almost $4/gallon? Ye gods! Does your government subsidise it for you? In the UK, we're paying about 1.18/litre which works out at about $8.68/gallon after taking into account the different size gallons. :tears:

True - but you guys don't have as much land to traverse in the Uk so y'all don't have as far to go so gas is not as important..............haha, just kidding.

Yep - agreed, gas at $8+ a gallon must suck - even at 40+MPG. Hopefully your incomes are double that of us in the US to compensate, although I would doubt it. We get taxed in others ways as well.

Although my wife's bike get 72mpg no matter how hard I ride it. But, it sucks to ride it!!!!

Onward gents..we have cool bikes!! :rider:

Willie
06-16-2008, 05:48 PM
Just got back from a ride to Boise. Just got my best ever MPG on this ride. Filled in Eagle and did my business in several parts of the area and rode back to McCall. 133.5 miles 2.447 gals. of gas = 54.56 mpg!! My running overall mileage is 52.89 mpg. My worst mileage was 44.664 back last year when I rode some of the back roads north of here.

MetrickMetal
06-16-2008, 06:24 PM
With the price of gas where its at and with the fact that I use my bike for day to day transportation and riding it to school twice a week plus also making a once a month trip up to Carson City Nevada which is usually at least a 800 plus mile trip, I decide to take my Scorpion slip-on muffler off and install the stock muffler and see just what kind of gas mileage I would get on my last trip up to Carson City Nevada last Wednesday.

Well I traveled a total of 935 miles on my trip up to Carson City and I followed a few simple guidelines on the trip to try and maximize my gas mileage and they were,

Not exceed 4,000 rpm in any gear during acceleration up to hwy speed.
I kept my cruising speed at between 70 and 75 mph when possible.
Being as smooth as possible with the throttle.

I was very pleased with the gas mileage I ended up with as I used a total of 18.488 gallons riding 935 miles which averages out to 50.57 mpg.

My highest mpg I achieved was on my way back from Carson City where I rode 178 miles down to Bishop CA and only used 3.115 gallons for 57.14 mpg.

My second highest mpg I achieved was on my way up to Carson City where I rode 178 miles up from Bishop CA and used 3.386 gallons for 52.56 mpg.

I rode in very strong winds from just outside Lancaster all the way up to Bishop so my overall gas mileage for the entire trip would have probably been even better

My trip also included a 120 mile ride around part of Lake Tahoe as well as some local driving around Carson City NV. :rider:

Willie
06-16-2008, 10:17 PM
Not exceed 4,000 rpm in any gear during acceleration up to hwy speed.
I kept my cruising speed at between 70 and 75 mph when possible.
Being as smooth as possible with the throttle.

I rode in very strong winds from just outside Lancaster all the way up to Bishop so my overall gas mileage for the entire trip would have probably been even better

I rode just about the same way today, although, there were some "Brisk" passes of slower vehicles.
The one thing I have found with the VStrom, any kind of crosswind or 1/4 headon wind will kill any kind of gas mileage attempt. I imagine the Bandit would be the same way. Haven't had it in to much wind yet (except it's own).

Terizius
06-17-2008, 12:19 AM
i'll be tracking my mpg on my upcoming cross-country trip, but on my daily commute to work with the occasional speedy start from the light, i get about 35mpg. I've been thinking that thats not too high, but i do keep my sidebags and trunk on, plus the extra weight from the crashbars, highway pegs and mounting gear for the bags.. Lowest was 33.5mpg.. city/highway, some 2 up and having some fun with my new stage 1 kit and 17t sprocket

sproggy
06-17-2008, 03:22 AM
Not exceed 4,000 rpm in any gear during acceleration up to hwy speed.
I kept my cruising speed at between 70 and 75 mph when possible.


You might as well have bought a 250 - clearly the power of a 1260 is wasted on you :mrgreen:

MetrickMetal
06-17-2008, 10:35 AM
http://image1.frappr.com/pix1/i/20080617/d/b/2/db202551a12a44b620624686ffe8215c0_large.jpg :clap:

bones
06-17-2008, 11:04 AM
With the price of gas where its at and with the fact that I use my bike for day to day transportation and riding it to school twice a week plus also making a once a month trip up to Carson City Nevada which is usually at least a 800 plus mile trip, I decide to take my Scorpion slip-on muffler off and install the stock muffler and see just what kind of gas mileage I would get on my last trip up to Carson City Nevada last Wednesday.

Well I traveled a total of 935 miles on my trip up to Carson City and I followed a few simple guidelines on the trip to try and maximize my gas mileage and they were,

Not exceed 4,000 rpm in any gear during acceleration up to hwy speed.
I kept my cruising speed at between 70 and 75 mph when possible.
Being as smooth as possible with the throttle.

I was very pleased with the gas mileage I ended up with as I used a total of 18.488 gallons riding 935 miles which averages out to 50.57 mpg.

My highest mpg I achieved was on my way back from Carson City where I rode 178 miles down to Bishop CA and only used 3.115 gallons for 57.14 mpg.

My second highest mpg I achieved was on my way up to Carson City where I rode 178 miles up from Bishop CA and used 3.386 gallons for 52.56 mpg.

I rode in very strong winds from just outside Lancaster all the way up to Bishop so my overall gas mileage for the entire trip would have probably been even better

My trip also included a 120 mile ride around part of Lake Tahoe as well as some local driving around Carson City NV. :rider:
Nice! I still have not broke into the 40's more than twice I don't think. Usually 32-37 an a lot of spirited city commuting.

If you can keep it in the mid 70's, you will get great mileage. I just can't seem to do that on the interstates here. I cruise at 85 indicated most of the time. Still nets upper 30's, which I can't complain really. Regular 40+ would be fantastic hitting reserve in the 130-140 would tickle me :lol2:

MetrickMetal
06-17-2008, 12:01 PM
Nice! I still have not broke into the 40's more than twice I don't think. Usually 32-37 an a lot of spirited city commuting.

If you can keep it in the mid 70's, you will get great mileage. I just can't seem to do that on the interstates here. I cruise at 85 indicated most of the time. Still nets upper 30's, which I can't complain really. Regular 40+ would be fantastic hitting reserve in the 130-140 would tickle me :lol2:

Actually I usually ride my bike on the Fwy's here in California at between 80 and 85 mph as that is the normal speed on a lot of our Fwy's but considering the price of gas I like getting 50+ mpg.

I was able to ride all the way from Bishop CA to Lancaster CA which is 202 miles without stopping for gas and when I filled it up It took 4.407 gallon's which means I had .493 gallon's left in the tank which is about as close as I want to cut it.

At least I know I can comfortably go 180 miles on one tank. One test I have not performed on the Bandit but one I usually do on my bikes is to fill up a 1 gallon plastic gas can and strap it on the back of the bike, then fill the bike up and ride it as you normally do until it completely runs out of gas so you get a good idea of the exact distance you will be able to go.

Obviously you want to try and end up running out of gas where the one gallon of gas your carrying will get you either back home or to a gas station. :rider:

bones
06-17-2008, 12:04 PM
I have never put in more than a shade over 4 into mine. I worry once it starts flashing and fill and it's 3.7-3.8 gallons is all. I need to stretch it out a bit more and I'd be stopping at 150ish with the mpg I am getting now.

sproggy
06-17-2008, 12:31 PM
http://image1.frappr.com/pix1/i/20080617/d/b/2/db202551a12a44b620624686ffe8215c0_large.jpg :clap:

No sense of humour, some people :nana:

Willie
06-17-2008, 12:35 PM
One test I have not performed on the Bandit but one I usually do on my bikes is to fill up a 1 gallon plastic gas can and strap it on the back of the bike, then fill the bike up and ride it as you normally do until it completely runs out of gas so you get a good idea of the exact distance you will be able to go.

Obviously you want to try and end up running out of gas where the one gallon of gas your carrying will get you either back home or to a gas station. :rider:

Hey Bandito, I know you're probably aware of this, but... Running extremely low or out of gas to many times will toast your fuel pump. They are kept cooled by the gas in the tank. PUMP ASSY,FUEL part# 15100-18H00 $347.24
Just saying....

Jack Giesecke
06-17-2008, 12:39 PM
i commute everyday on my sv - 60 miles round trip. i fill her up every other day and it consistently takes 2.1 gal.

120 miles / 2.1 gal = 57mpg

i love my sv650s!!!!:rider: :rider:

I get 42-44 on my carbureted SVS. I got less than 40 on the way back from SA the other day, heavy head wind and I had the rack/pack on the bike, not the greatest for aerodynamics. I've never even approached 50 mpg. Perhaps it's the wide body profile? :lol2: I keep it under 80 on the highway mostly, except if I need to pass in a hurry.

Low 40s is good 'nuf I guess. It'll get upwards of 46 with the pack off the back. I've NEVER gotten 50, though.

gunzip
07-03-2008, 04:02 PM
Just to weigh in on the fuel economy : I just pulled into the house from a 700 mile trip with the wife . I was very pleasantly surprised by the fuel mileage on the trip , better than what I get commuting. 47 on one tank 48 on another and on a 85-90 mph blast down the interstate from fayetteville to oklahoma i got 55 m pg !! Mind you the wife and I together weigh in at more than 400 lbs. and we had the poor bike [over]loaded to the hilt

'07 bandit 1250 , bone stock

L8RG8R
07-03-2008, 04:22 PM
2003 Aprilia Falco

Highway = 43mpg

City/Spirited jaunts = 35mpg

Track = 24mpg

achesley
07-04-2008, 04:36 AM
Gas at almost $4/gallon? Ye gods! Does your government subsidise it for you? In the UK, we're paying about 1.18/litre which works out at about $8.68/gallon after taking into account the different size gallons. :tears:

Not a lot of people see this. Everytime I hear someone in the US griping about gas prices I tell them to move to Canada or England. Then, they could really grip about the prices. Probably cost more in the rest of Europe I'm thinking like Norway, Sweden, Germany , Etc ?

My '07 Bandit averaging in the mid 40's.
My '00 KLR in the 50's
My '03 Chevy Std Cab 5.3 L engine is in the 17 range both hiway and city.

Avg price of 87 octane gas last fill up's was 3.87 per gal at Murphy's at Walmart Parking lot. 3 cents off the gal if you use Walmart gift card or Walmart Discover Card.

sproggy
07-04-2008, 05:07 AM
Probably cost more in the rest of Europe I'm thinking like Norway, Sweden, Germany , Etc ?

With the exchange rates the way they are at the moment yes, mainland Europe is even more expensive for fuel than we pay in the UK. I paid 1.62 euros per litre for diesel in Italy last weekend. Petrol was about 1.55 per litre (around $8.80 per US gallon). Scandinavian countries are even more expensive, I think.

At the moment in the UK I'm filling the bike at 1.19 per litre - about $8.60 per US gallon.

suzukijo
07-04-2008, 10:04 AM
(announcers deep voice)

"And now we go to Los Angeles California, Trish, I see you at the local gas station".

(sexy young female voice)

"Thanks Bob, I'm down here in Malibu, off highway 1, and gas prices have hit a new high, Oh-my-god, five sixty-nine for full service premium"

http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/4135/img5138iu5.jpg

........gas is between $4.60-$5.00 a gallon around here. some places have regular at $4.33, but its a low quality and pings when i use it in the bandit.
i filled up the other day and it was $17-something, for less than 4 gal. i dont often check my mpg anymore, it was between 45-50 mpg, with the best ever just over 60mpg (lots of coasting on a gentle mountain road).

i dont think most people here in the USA think we have cheap gas? the streets are clogged with suburbans, escalades, expeditions, and giant trucks, most of them with one person inside talking on a cell phone.
the new law, outlawing hand held phones, is not being taken seriously either.
all its going to take is Isreal and Iran to get into a tit for tat skirmish, and speculation will drive gas prices past $10.00 a gal.

one of my friends mentioned, that you can still buy race gas at the track for about $4 a gal, because it is intended for race use and there are less taxes.
so much of our gas cost is tax.

i giggle everytime i'm at the pump, get 3-4 gal, while others are having to finish and restart their filling as their card stops the sale at $100.00!

sproggy
07-04-2008, 10:49 AM
some places have regular at $4.33, but its a low quality and pings when i use it in the bandit.

We don't get what you call 'regular' over here - the lowest octane on general sale in the UK is 'premium' with 95 octane ('super' being 98 or 99) but possibly that's a different octane rating scale to what they use in the US. Still, it must be better than your stuff because there's nothing available here that'll cause knocking/pinging in a modern engine.

the streets are clogged with suburbans, escalades, expeditions, and giant trucks, most of them with one person inside talking on a cell phone.

Sounds just like the UK, except replace your vehicle list with Range Rovers, Discoveries, Merc MLs, BM X5s etc.

the new law, outlawing hand held phones, is not being taken seriously either.

You have that law there too, do you? Yeah - hasn't made any difference over here either. :-(

i giggle everytime i'm at the pump, get 3-4 gal, while others are having to finish and restart their filling as their card stops the sale at $100.00!

You say that, but sometime I wish I didn't have to fill up every 3 days - another litre or so capacity and I could go to 4 days but I'd love to have the range of a decent car between fill-ups.

Brass
07-04-2008, 12:09 PM
the streets are clogged with suburbans, escalades, expeditions, and giant trucks, most of them with one person inside talking on a cell phone.
the new law, outlawing hand held phones, is not being taken seriously either.



You have that law there too, do you? Yeah - hasn't made any difference over here either. :-(

Certain areas here have the same law.
What gets me :angryfire is seeing the police, who are responsible for enforcing these laws, driving down the road with a cell phone held up to their ear while they are typing on their laptop.


As for the price of gas, it pains me to be paying now the same $$ to fill my bike, as I paid just a short time ago to fill my car.

If my pay check had the same inflation rate as the price of gas, I probably wouldn't mind as much.

suzukijo
07-04-2008, 12:18 PM
i think the octane ratings are 89, 91, 93.
with about a $0.10 , ten cents difference, between them, maybe 15cents.

talking with people visiting from Au, they say its about $8-9 a gallon there, and are here to drive the southwest, happy the gas is only $5 a gal!

i'm probably exagerating the size of cars here, of course there are economy cars, but the big gas guzzlers stand out, and its the extremely rude attitude of the drivers that makes them memorable.

California, with its many different types of people, and short history, makes for an unkind attitude from many of those driving. (of course there are kind drivers, but they are overlooked when you experience one bad one).

here in the states, the gas pumps, have one exit nozzle. so changine grades, you get a hose and pump full of whatever the last guy bought. on a bike, that could be a sizable amount compared to overall delivery.
i once bought some cheap octane booster, packaging caps were leaking on some, so it was a cheap buy for a case, and splash in some now and then, i can tell the difference.

gas will never go back down, in prices.

achesley
07-04-2008, 02:23 PM
You really don't get as much gas as you think from the hose along. Hate to say it now but back in the mid 50's when I was working at a gas station and grocery store to pay for my bikes it had a method to get my gas free. I kept a gallon can at the pumps and after the car or truck I filled up would leave and it was vacant for a bit I would drain the hoses in my gallon can. It took quite a few to get a gallon of gas to put in my bike. ;-).. Course, when's the last time you saw a full service station where the attendant check your oil, water and belts. Also vacuumed out the floor if you so desired, Cleaned your windshield etc. Even the ones I have come across in my travels about the US that have someone to pump your gas, that's all they do.

Ben Eberle
07-04-2008, 03:21 PM
My ZRX1200 usually gets about 45-48, sometimes 50 on my work commute from lake travis to Buda. On the last tank, I tried an experiment, I eliminated a lot of idling at red lights and while coasting towards them by hitting the kill button and coasting in fifth with the clutch held in. Also, I coasted engine off on the downhills of the roller coaster section of highway 71 using the clutch to restart the engine for the uphills. This got me 55 mpg.

Don't underestimate the idle fuel consumption of a gasoline engine. I think the biggest reason that little 250's get such great city gas mileage is because the standby fuel consumption of a 250 is approximately 1/4 that of a 1000 cc engine.

xtjm
07-05-2008, 01:08 PM
I obtain 10 l/100 KM (23 miles per gallon) in city. I my odo 1.100 Km. What happens with my bike?

Chris_750
07-05-2008, 01:18 PM
Last tank 168/3.2=52.5 MPG
Half city, half freeway. Slow and in the highest gear
GSX-750R

sproggy
07-05-2008, 01:19 PM
I obtain 10 l/100 KM (23 miles per gallon) in city. I my odo 1.100 Km. What happens with my bike?

What is your bike?

I calculate 10l/100km at 28mpg (UK gallons) which isn't great but on a big bike it's believable.

achesley
07-05-2008, 02:29 PM
I obtain 10 l/100 KM (23 miles per gallon) in city. I my odo 1.100 Km. What happens with my bike?

Very hard riding or Very dirty air filter or needs to go to a dealer. ;-)

xtjm
07-05-2008, 04:20 PM
My bike is a Bandit 1250SA. I assumed when in the foro speeks gallon is the USA gallon (1 US Gallon=3.785 l). In this cas 10 l /100 Km is aprox. 23 mpg. Here tke people say 43 mpg.

sproggy
07-06-2008, 06:17 AM
My bike is a Bandit 1250SA. I assumed when in the foro speeks gallon is the USA gallon (1 US Gallon=3.785 l). In this cas 10 l /100 Km is aprox. 23 mpg. Here tke people say 43 mpg.

We're not all American here :-)

I don't think I'll upset anyone here too much by suggesting that in the US they have no concept of the sort of congestion we experience in large European cities like London or Madrid or the effect it has on fuel consumption, even on a bike.

I average about 45mpg (UK gallons) on my 22 mile commute into London but the first 13 miles of that is motorway where I average well over 50mpg. So the 'city' part of the commute (and I don't go right into the centre) probably gives me little more than 30mpg. So yours doesn't sound too bad in comparison.

I guess the real test is what consumption do you get when you are out of the city on a longer run? In that sort of riding you should be getting at least 6 litres/100km (if my calculations are correct - around 45mp UK gallon) although knowing how hard it's possible to ride in Spain away from towns you might be closer to 7 litres/100km?

xtjm
07-06-2008, 01:19 PM
We're not all American here :-)

I don't think I'll upset anyone here too much by suggesting that in the US they have no concept of the sort of congestion we experience in large European cities like London or Madrid or the effect it has on fuel consumption, even on a bike.

I average about 45mpg (UK gallons) on my 22 mile commute into London but the first 13 miles of that is motorway where I average well over 50mpg. So the 'city' part of the commute (and I don't go right into the centre) probably gives me little more than 30mpg. So yours doesn't sound too bad in comparison.

I guess the real test is what consumption do you get when you are out of the city on a longer run? In that sort of riding you should be getting at least 6 litres/100km (if my calculations are correct - around 45mp UK gallon) although knowing how hard it's possible to ride in Spain away from towns you might be closer to 7 litres/100km?

Thank you for yours comments. I live in Barcelona, a very congestionated city, but before this bike I had a Yamaha Diversion 900 and with the same
trip spent less than 8 litres /100 Km. When I ride in a motorway at 4.000 rpm in 6th gear (110-120 Km/h) I obtain an average of 7 litres /100 Km. Do you think it`s all OK?.

sproggy
07-06-2008, 02:34 PM
When I ride in a motorway at 4.000 rpm in 6th gear (110-120 Km/h) I obtain an average of 7 litres /100 Km. Do you think it`s all OK?.

That doesn't sound right, no. At that speed I'd expect to be using between 5 and 5.5 litres/100km.

Someone else suggested checking your air filter and that's good advice. I just took mine out after 8000 miles and it was very dirty - in a dusty environment it could be a lot worse.

davidy61
07-06-2008, 09:13 PM
Down-under we are paying about AU$1.65/litre of standard ULP but it seems to be constantly increasing with the artificial rise in world oil prices.

My brand new Bandit 1250 ABS with only about 1500kms on the clock is so far returning about 6l/100km which is just under 40mpg (US). That's mostly cruising with a bit of hills work and very little city commuting, so i'm quite happy with that. Hopefully it will get a bit better as the engine loosens up.

h2000fb
07-06-2008, 09:44 PM
Town/Hwy average on RT is 47mpg. Highway only, low 50's. Can't complain for performance and size of bike. Adding hard bags or without, no noticeable difference.

Lost Yankee
07-18-2008, 06:23 PM
State Releases List of Gas Stations Caught with Inaccurate Pumps (http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=6927154&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1)

"The Texas Department of Agriculture maintains a list of fuel stations (http://www.agr.state.tx.us/vgn/tda/files/1848/stations_out_of_order.html) that do not comply with proper pricing procedures.

If you believe that a particular gasoline station has significantly overcharged you per gallon of fuel, you are asked to contact the Texas Department of Agriculture at 1-800-TELL-TDA."

suzukijo
07-18-2008, 07:42 PM
my daily commute, takes me down the canyon and back up, most of you have seen the pics of my canyon ride. last fill-up, i got 50.645 mpg.

trip to town tomorrow to buy another front tire, tho.

so even tho i use up front tires, and enjoy the ride thru the turns up and down the mountain, i seem to get decent mpg.
stock air filter, stock Fi box, you know what muff i got.

whitesands
07-18-2008, 08:48 PM
How is everyone calculating their MPG ? I've noticed that the bars do not accurately represent gallons...So I've been filling up and setting the trip meter and riding until the little pump symbol starts flashing.

I've been getting about 47 mpg, but that is not completely highway and that's not fully running out the tank so it's probably a little more...

PhilS
07-18-2008, 09:18 PM
How is everyone calculating their MPG ? I've noticed that the bars do not accurately represent gallons...So I've been filling up and setting the trip meter and riding until the little pump symbol starts flashing.

I've been getting about 47 mpg, but that is not completely highway and that's not fully running out the tank so it's probably a little more...


I've had a running XL sheet with dates, current miles, gals, total cost, cost per gallon, trip, and type of gas. I fill up every time to the top and hit it about 5 times to get gas up in the bubble. I have been averaging 39.58mpg since I healed the speedo and the "odometer" is perfect to GPS. I am also 260lbs and ride everytime with heavy throttle pulling through 1, 2 and 3. I also run a 17 tooth which kills a little bit of mileage. Prior to the Comp2 exhaust and 17 tooth, I was getting 43.13 mpg but was riding very smooth breaking it in and being cautious.

The healer cured thinng by maybe 8% with the 17tooth installed. So lower those original number by about 3 mpg.

Phil

Mielito4u
07-24-2008, 02:51 PM
Two month old 2008 1250 ABS..... Highway driving around 70 mph..... 47 mpg

Mixed city and hwy......39mpg..... And I ride mostly in the "easy mode"

Use medium grade gas plus a touch of Octaine Booster cause the ethenyl in the gas scares me....

achesley
07-24-2008, 10:07 PM
A pretty new '07 Bandit of about 2 months also. About 3200 miles on the bike as of today. Easy 47 to 48 mph on last 3 tanks of gas running from 65 to 80 on present trip.

prhaussies
07-24-2008, 10:26 PM
:sun: I am getting 46-47 mpg avg. on my Wee since I installed the K&N air filter. I was getting 43-44 prior to that. I mainly ride on the open road, rarely in traffic, at a fairly brisk speed. With occasional bursts to really (super) brisk mph. Beat the heck out of my truck @ 15-16 mpg. RH

Mielito4u
07-25-2008, 04:19 PM
Probably cheaper to drive and economy car instead of a Bandit or most any motorcycle for that matter...... A set of four car tires runs close to two premium motorcycle tires and lasts almost 40k...... How many sets of tires do you buy for a bike by 40k miles.....

Problem is..... It's worth the extra cost cause it's the most fun you can have alone......

achesley
07-25-2008, 04:31 PM
:sun: I am getting 46-47 mpg avg. on my Wee since I installed the K&N air filter. I was getting 43-44 prior to that. I mainly ride on the open road, rarely in traffic, at a fairly brisk speed. With occasional bursts to really (super) brisk mph. Beat the heck out of my truck @ 15-16 mpg. RH
I get over 50 on my KLR but he was wanting MPG on Bandits. ;-) I'm thinking since it's a Bandit thread.

Mielito4u
07-25-2008, 04:34 PM
have a 2008 KLR..... 56mpg.......Buddy has an older one and gets over 60 mpg on the hwy..... Selling the KLR with 5K on it cause fell in love with this Bandit.... 46 mpg is plenty to get on a bike it's size and with it's performance.:rider:

suzukijo
07-25-2008, 06:34 PM
its usually works out to 47-49 for me. some easy, some hard, mostly canyons.

achesley
07-28-2008, 06:46 AM
These are the figures from a 1460 mile trip I just completed yesterday. The Higher ones being on mostly back roads running 65ish. The low ones on Interstate running 80-85. Some of the low ones ( the 43.6 and 44.3) make me wonder about the quality of gas I got though. I'll start entering the brand in my fuel log from now on in both my truck and bikes.

47.8
46.8
45.4
46.3
46.5
43.6
46.1
44.3

whitesands
07-28-2008, 05:21 PM
Those numbers line up almost exactly to what I've been getting...Top gear 3,500 to 3,600 rpm cruising gets about 47 perhaps a little more...I filled the bike up on the center stand and tried to run as much highway miles as possible and rode till both the indicators were blinking and still had gas left, so probably real close to 48 mpg....


Outstanding fuel mileage for a 1255 cc engine....

Great with today's gas prices..

treybrad
07-30-2008, 10:29 AM
I took it really easy commuting to work last week for the first time since owning the bike. I usually grab plenty of throttle on a daily basis, but I tried to keep my revs below 5k, top speed below 75mph, and generally be easy on the throttle accelerating.

Results: 45.3 MPG

Not bad. This is with the full HS Stage 1 setup too. I usually average around 39-40 MPG, so... I guess I need to synch my wrist with my wallet if I want to save those pennies...

I've since contacted Dale and dialed down a couple settings on the TFI to see if it will give me a few extra MPGs. Right now my pipe is pretty sooty with his initial settings, so we'll see what happens. I adjusted the TFI last night, and I couldn't really tell a difference in the way the bike ran on the way to work this morning...

trey

PhilS
07-03-2009, 09:23 PM
FYI:

I put more gas in today than I ever have.

I filled it with 4.781 gallons into a 4.9 gallon tank!!! I ran 174.3 actual Speedo Healer odometer calibrated miles running fairly hard "sprt riding" with my 260+ lbs butt on it getting 36MPG. The gas pump and last bar on the gas meter started flashing intermitantly around 160 miles.

Realistically, I could have gone about 10 more miles at best before tradegy set in. Since I calibrated my odometer to the GPS with the Speedo Healer I am averaging 36.66 MPG over 5500 miles and 150 gallons or so.

I have yet to run it dry.

Phil

Dmaxhall
07-04-2009, 12:09 AM
My normal city commuting gives me between 6-7ltr/100km.

On a jaunt down to Tasmania in Feburary (from Sydney), saw between 4.5-5ltr/100km on the highway (800-900km between Sydney/Melbourne) and between 5-5.5ltr/100km while riding around Tassie. (note that the Tassie riding was not greatly "spirited"as my wife was with me. (On the Hornet 600!)

The Bandit took most of the luggage (2 Ventura 50ltr bags) and I am about 105kgs (231lbs) and 198cm (6 foot 5) and so I present a rather large aerodynamic drag factor.

At the time, the bike was stock apart from a speedohealer.

Some quick conversions gave me this; for reference:
Ltr/100km / UK MPG / US MPG
4 / 58.8 / 70.6
5 / 56.5 / 47
6 / 47 / 39
7 / 40.3 / 33.6

achesley
07-12-2009, 09:10 PM
Here are the fresh figures from my trip to Colorado this last week. Ended getting home today. The highs are in the mountains on the very crooked roads. The lows from running 80-85 with side and head winds. Probably had about 70 lbs luggage weight on the passenger seat. About 10 lbs in the tank bag.
43.3
44.0
40.2
47.9
46.5
54.8
52.8
58.0
57.5
53.8
54.5
42.2
44.5
42.8
39.9
40.6
39.6
38.4
39.3

Cesar Moreno
07-15-2009, 08:17 PM
I only ride on the highway, 46-48 mpg
It's a 1997 Bandit 1200s, and I weight 145lbs

Take care

Cesar M.

Fittysom'n
07-15-2009, 10:05 PM
factory gearing,

pilot roads @ 38/42 or 36/38

mileage has NOT varied from box stock to it's current stage 1 tune

38 to 42 mpg

frequently 39 mpg

red757
07-15-2009, 10:37 PM
I have the ronco syndrome for checking my gas mileage. I have good intentions on calculating it but I always seem to set it and forget it.:lol2:

I think I'm some where in the mid 30's with an overly rich PC3 map.

wanabeguru
07-16-2009, 12:30 AM
I just got 47.6 single-up partial tank, work commute.

achesley
07-16-2009, 04:43 AM
I'm about 245 or better with gear on. I knew I was into some high mileage when I was at 120 miles on the -.078 % ometer and it was still on the 3rd bar on the gas gauge. But this was on narrow little sealed mountain roads that are generally closed in the winter time. My favorite kind even though lots of them are really rough from frost heavies. ;-). When I looked at my Map and GPS and saw a really squiggly line for a road, I smiled and headed that way.

Sockwell
07-16-2009, 11:42 AM
I never get less than 52 mpg, and as high as 59.3 mpg at around 70 to 75 indicated on the speedo. this on a V-Star 950.

Deefer
07-16-2009, 12:08 PM
Love my Vulcan. I consistently get 50 to 53 mpg. Two-up, I get 47. Kawasaki rules!

treybrad
07-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Kawasaki rules!

You will now be shown the exit from the Suzuki Bandit sub-forum. :lol2:

trey

wanabeguru
07-16-2009, 04:18 PM
Come on, Trey. Kawi's need love too!!:rofl:

red757
07-16-2009, 06:12 PM
Kawasaki rules!
You guys need to put the Kaws out to pasture.:lol2:

achesley
07-16-2009, 09:03 PM
My ex KLR used to be in the 50's all the time also. But , as this is about Bandits, I don't even post what my DR650 gets. Or my truck. ;-)

dmdbit
07-17-2009, 09:26 PM
I had a vulcan 900 prior to my bandit.It consistently got 50+ for the 21k I put on it.My bandit was 45 until I added stage 1 mods which dropped it to 43-44.It runs alot better no more surging so it was worth it.


mike

Deefer
07-18-2009, 09:57 AM
You will now be shown the exit from the Suzuki Bandit sub-forum. :lol2:

trey

Oops! My bad. Pardon me for treading on your thread. But I still get better mileage than your Bandits :trust:

Now, if you would show me to the Kawi thread.....

gunzip
07-18-2009, 12:13 PM
Now, if you would show me to the Kawi thread.
no but I'll show you the rear of a bandit..:rider:

just kiddin' dude :giveup:

achesley
07-18-2009, 12:21 PM
So does my DR650SE get better average mileage than my Bandit. But, not near as fun on the highways or nearly as fast. My DR is about as or more faster than a Vulcan 750. Ride with lots of women using those bikes on poker runs. Great bike. Just slow and don't corner fast enough for my desires.

Fittysom'n
07-18-2009, 12:25 PM
me Honda CB100 in the 70's returned me (a brand new rider) 110 miles to the gallon. What's the point of comparing apples, oranges, and kiwi when it comes to weight to power ratio and resulting fuel economy???
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A more fair comparison would be my first generation FZ1 that sooooo closely resembles the 1250 Bandit (some of my parts are interchangabel).

*My UNMODIFIED naturally aspirated carburated 988cc 2003 Yamaha FZ1 could get me over 53mpg if driven sanely!
*My UNMODIFIED fuel injected 1255cc 2008 Suzuki Bandit has given me no better than 44 (maybe 45) mpg when I behaved on it.

WMU_BRONCO
07-18-2009, 08:49 PM
Been getting 51 MPG on my ZR-7