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Which bikes get v.good economy?

Please post any details you have I have done so for my Aprilia and figures I have heard off the BMW website for the Twin Spark FI F650. Include engine power, total bike weight and tank size if possible please. This is UK MPG (1 gall = 4.5L)

Aprilia Pegaso 650cc single 45-50mpg average at 70mph on road and some off road with luggage , 55hp (claimed) 180kg (bike only) 21L Tank

BMW 650cc single 70-90mpg. 50hp claimed 180kg (bike only) 16L Tank (I think)
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My carbed F650 regularly turned in 65-70 mpg and once hit over 90 (riding at 56 mph in Norway, no traffic). I had the Acerbis tank, so range was pushing 400 miles.

If you like life in the slow lane I had an Enfield Bullet that turned in a practical 70 mpg and had a 22 litre standard tank.

The biggest issue with fuel range is IMHO the nut on the throttle. Sure I had a BMW R1100R that turned in a useless 41 mpg regardless, but I can get the Triumph to do anything from 38 to 60 mpg depending how I ride it. The Bonnevilles tank is a rubbish 16 litres.

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Please post any details you have I have done so for my Aprilia and figures I have heard off the BMW website for the Twin Spark FI F650. Include engine power, total bike weight and tank size if possible please. This is UK MPG (1 gall = 4.5L)

Aprilia Pegaso 650cc single 45-50mpg average at 70mph on road and some off road with luggage , 55hp (claimed) 180kg (bike only) 21L Tank

BMW 650cc single 70-90mpg. 50hp claimed 180kg (bike only) 16L Tank (I think)

Right enough about the fuel tank on the F650GS and, yes, the twin spark consistently returns 70 MPG no matter how hard I mistreat the throttle.
I have never managed 90 MPG however - may be it can if going very slowly.

SH50 City Express, 50cc which weighs next to nothing and turns in its own length = 100 MPG and there is almost exactly 1 imperial gallon in the tank.
(I know it does 100 MPG because I tried to get 101 out of it and ended up pushing it to the petrol station). That's with a top box fitted - it may do more if going easy on the throttle, but it's a two stroke (and they only stop or go, nothing in between ). Engine power, who knows? May be 3-4 HP.
Cruises at 30 MPH.
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much as I hate my 50cc work scooter they do have certain benefits, good economy, good turning circle, easy to recover the front end and yes, you can actually get them to leave the ground for some distance with judicious use of a speedbump. Recommend using somebody else's though as the suspension can get, erm, stressed.
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Suzuki Vstrom 650 K7

(note: this is Euro-3, with twinspark heads, and many changes to fuelling & exhaust between this and 2006-model), 645cc V-2, 67hp, 197kg, 22L tank.

Minimum (1-up, very slow riding, no luggage)
~62 mpg, fuel range ~300 miles

Average
~56 mpg, fuel range ~270 miles

Maximum (2-up, fast on motorways, plenty of luggage)
~46 mpg, fuel range ~228 miles
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Unmodified Enfield Electras regularly turn in over 80mpg. the diesels 160 or so....
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