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Old 03-28-2009, 08:33 AM   #1
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bike fuel consumption?

I know a lot of people say they ride their bike to save on fuel cost, but I don't see it, I live off hwy 6 and 288 and its a tank of fuel for me to go from home to vito's on 45 and then back home. I know my mph plays a part but we will just say I run an avg of 9500 rpm.
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:37 AM   #2
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rpms on a bike don't compare with rpms in a car

btw, if you're getting under 40ish mpg??? maybe you should have patrick @ Motorcycles Unlimited check it. Maybe something else is affecting fuel economy. how many average miles per tank before you hit reserve?
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:59 AM   #3
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I get 35 a gallon on my bike and 14 a gallon in the truck. Gas cost is much cheaper on the bike.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:16 AM   #4
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18mpg in my truck on average, 45mpg on my bike average. if i take it easy on the throttle i have seen 50mpg on the bike. sure i have to fill up twice as often on the bike, but a $7 fill up sure beats a $36 one.
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rpms on a bike don't compare with rpms in a car

btw, if you're getting under 40ish mpg??? maybe you should have patrick @ Motorcycles Unlimited check it. Maybe something else is affecting fuel economy. how many average miles per tank before you hit reserve?
Your not going to 40+ mpg on a 600RR unless your putting 55mph down a hill...
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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Yeah it's about average. The 10R gets 32.5mpg. Considerably less if I am scootin'. But it's more than the 15mmpg in the truck and 24.7mpg in the Zed.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:40 AM   #7
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my bad. I guess I'm used to Kawis. My 250 and 500 see the gas pump every 2 or 3 months with daily riding
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:42 AM   #8
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yea get at most 34mpg on my 14 on a good day...
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:01 AM   #9
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When I ride for the pupose of fuel economy I see 52 mpg on my zx9r. That's riding like a car, don't pass nobody. And, I've geared it a little higher with a -3 sprocket on the rear.
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all depends on the state of tune on your bike.
Sport bikes are tuned for performance, not economy.
There are bikes out there that will get you between 80-100+ mpg, but they are'nt gonna set the road on fire.
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It is all for not if you consider the cost of maintenance. By the time you get through with tires, chains, sprokets, oilchanges, basic and regular maintenance, you come out even or behind what you spend on car commuting.
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It is all for not if you consider the cost of maintenance. By the time you get through with tires, chains, sprokets, oilchanges, basic and regular maintenance, you come out even or behind what you spend on car commuting.
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Depends on the bike and how you ride it.

They've commuted on bikes in Europe for years because it is so economical.

That being said, if you're screaming around town at 9500 rpms, especially on a sport bike with huge throttle bodies, you're going to be gulping down some fuel.


By comparison, riding around briskly yet sanely on say an SV650, fitted with sport touring tires properly inflated, you'll do much better.

I've got customers that commute on sport bikes, but they typically run a SS tire front and Sport Touring rear tire combo, like an 016 and 021.
These guys average 5-7k miles out of a rear tire and 10k miles out of a front, yet they can drop the pressures on the weekend and still haul on the street.

In reality most of us don't need / can't use the grip a super soft tire has anyways.

They also regularly take care of their chain so it lasts well over 20k miles.

In the end it comes down to personal DISCIPLINE; take care of your tires and chain, ride reasonably and you CAN commute on a bike economically.
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It is all for not if you consider the cost of maintenance. By the time you get through with tires, chains, sprokets, oilchanges, basic and regular maintenance, you come out even or behind what you spend on car commuting.
my truck cost me $26.5k before interest adds up...my bike cost me $220 and i dropped another $1500 on it to rebuild it and add some fun stuff. so i got a lot of savings to burn through before the bike costs more to own and operate than the truck. i have over 5k on my $200 bt021 tires, and expect to see another 1-2 thousand out of the rear before replacing and needing to spend another $120 for a replacement. my chain i expect to last at least 4k more miles, though i got a replacement Rk set for $110, and my oil changes cost the same for truck and bike and come at similar intervals.

i think a lot has to do with how you ride on the street, and if you are buying trackday tires and parts for the street or you are buying parts that are suitable for the street.
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i took the long way to San Antonio last weekend and almost made it there on one tank. 200+ miles on one tank on the R6. coulda gone more but i filled up right when the gas light came on.

oh and i have a rear sprocket +4 in the back so i was around 8k rpm most of the time
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Agree with Patrick. My SV650 was able to get 200 miles pretty easily on a tank and I didn't ride conservatively or anything. If I rode for commuting purposes, I'd look into some sport touring options.
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I commute on a XJ600 (Seca2) and get 45ish mpg, if I go riding and
blasting around it goes down to 38mpg.

Suburban gets 16mpg....

way cheaper (and more fun)...
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I get 45mpg with the 675... the wife can get 55 mpg out of it. commuting to med center. I got 41mpg on the busa.
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i get 40-45mpg (highway) on my 2007 drz 400 sm and 50-55mpg city driving
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