Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Which Bike?

Which Bike? Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Calendar Contest Voting is now CLOSED. Results to be posted shortly.


AMERICA’S PREMIER MANUFACTURER OF MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Leeds, UK
Posts: 120
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)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: West Yorkshire UK
Posts: 1,171
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.

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 3,359
Wink Sh50

Quote:
Originally Posted by men8ifr View Post
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.
__________________
Dave
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 1,038
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.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,560
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
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 22 Apr 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,486
Unmodified Enfield Electras regularly turn in over 80mpg. the diesels 160 or so....
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sell 3 good bikes - for one stinker? Birdy Which Bike? 10 24 Mar 2008 01:33
KTM 990 fuel economy Galloping Gazza KTM Tech 15 18 Mar 2008 12:05
India, bikes, leathers, insurance and good times jonnytango Southern Asia 14 10 Feb 2007 08:19
fuel economy and exhausts futronix Yamaha Tech 5 18 Sep 2003 21:02
economy DAVSATO Yamaha Tech 6 31 Oct 2001 17:15

 
 



HU DVD Spring Special!

Buy the Achievable Dream Collectors Set and get Road Heroes Part 1 FREE!

Achievable Dream - The Whole Enchilada!

Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.


What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders


contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!




New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.



Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!






All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:07.