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Old 24 Jan 2012
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xt600e mile to a tank

hi all just wondering how many mile can you get to a tank full on your xt600e with the standard tank before or after reserve i am using mine every day just now and getting about 55mpg but just filling up every 150 miles here is a picture of my xt

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My last 4 fills have been around 170 miles and not touching the reserve. Must be close to it thou !
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yeh thats good must be over 50 mpg easy

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Hi,

I don't a great deal of attention I'm afraid but I got up to 180 something miles recently without touching the reserve tap. Riding pretty conservatively though (especially the last bit )

Where did you get your screen, by the way? Any clearer pix of it!

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Nice looking XT6E in Black. What year is it?

Both my bikes will normally do 60 mpg+ when being ridden sedately. I'm not a fast and furious rider in any case. As I approach my 50's I tend to enjoy relaxing trips into the countryside riding no faster than 50mph. My days of furiously charging around London on a white BMW R75 are over.



I hate anti-social behaviour in every form especially unlawfully loud exhausts and dangerous speeds. Too many nutters out there because the roads are no longer properly policed.

I think that with careful use of gears and throttle it's possible to get upto 70+ mpg from a tank of fuel.

I freely admit that when riding, I often find myself riding in a too higher gear for proper control. I like to sqeeze as much miles from a tank as humanly possible (no I'm not a Scot I'm English). lol.

Ridden hard (which I never do) I think you will bring it down sub 45 mpg. Most riders report around 55 mpg as normal.

No doubt about it the XT600E is an economical bike to run in almost every way.

My bikes are both low mileage and they are pampered. Plenty of TLC and not much (if any) mud. lol.
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As I approach my 50's I tend to enjoy relaxing trips into the countryside riding no faster than 50mph.

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I think that with careful use of gears and throttle it's possible to get upto 70+ mpg from a tank of fuel.
I am 50 in May this year. While I admit I am not the hooligan I was in my 20s I truly hope that it will be at least another 20 years before I am chasing 70 mpg on my XT...

There is (still) a good feeling to be had from slipping the clutch (with a good amount of revs dialled in) from the lights while the torque accelerates you briskly away from the cars beside you. As even the quickest of them dissapear in your mirrors, you realise that you had better let the front wheel gently and elegantly drop back those few inches to the ground...

I am riding one of the best bikes I have ever had (oddly - who would have thought a 28 year old beat up trail bike would be as much fun as a new 1200 Bandit). Sadly I am a bit fussier about the weather I do that in, but I am still enjoying it as much as I used to and still have the reflexes I used to have.

I reckon you should try for a floater off the traffic lights sometime soon. It doesn't hurt...
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Well said that man!!!!

Its a known medical fact that wheelies keep you young. The only thing getting older brings you is the good sense to do them in places where you wont get caught!!!!
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Hi,

I don't a great deal of attention I'm afraid but I got up to 180 something miles recently without touching the reserve tap. Riding pretty conservatively though (especially the last bit )

Where did you get your screen, by the way? Any clearer pix of it!

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Hi mat i got the screen from my uncle who said it was off some custom bike maybe a harley or big yam it gives great protection riding the bike all year round .. to work and back and some little trips .The bikes a 1996..

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Bandit127 & Timus.



With respect - I'm afraid I saw too many shockingly sad sights in the 23 years I spent as a bike cop (some never leave me). I have ridden sensibly and safely on the highway since the age of 16 (1980). I do rarely make a mistake like all other humans...

Pulling wheelies away from the lights on the highway has always been and still is unlawful (not to forget dangerous for rider and for all other road users). The reason we have laws is to protect the majority from idiots who enjoy putting others in jeapody. If you wish to do then then why not book a track day instead or at least find some sensible (and lawful) private land where you won't put other road users at risk?

Of course you will always get people who break those laws (criminals). This is where fair and robust policing comes in (or at least it used to). Road policing has become unfashionable and consequently thats why we all see so much aggressive driving (and riding) on the UK road network.

I'm no slouch on 2 wheels! Don't write me off as a old codger ready for my slippers and pipe! - I bet if you both and I had a race on similar bikes I would at least be able to keep up with you both if not beat you hands down. I'm a Class 1 Police Pursuit trained rider (Cardington) I admit I may be a bit rusty but I'm still a very safe and capable rider. (no that's not a challenge either lol).

Speed is something I know a bit about both on road and off (racetrack). Whatever you say SPEED kills. I have lost too many good friends to SPEED.

Putting aside the danger element of speeding, have you ever wondered why so many non-riders have such a negative opinion of ALL motorcycles and their riders? It's idiotic acts like you describe above, these and other anti-social acts such as unlawfully loud exhaust systems (my pet hate).

I'm quite happy plodding along on my XT6E at 50 mph. The part of riding I enjoy the most is the feeling of freedom. I actually enjoy seeing how much I can eek from each tankful. It leaves me more money for my other hobbies (war memorials, sea fishing and hunting with shotguns and firearms).

Nevertheless I wish you well and stay safe the both of you.

Biannchi,

That's a fine fine looking 1996 model. That's one of the nicest looking (and well cared for) 1996 XT6E's I have seen. Looks awesome.
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Never done a wheelie on a public road, save that for enduro, on private land.
Riding like a tw*t in town is a sure to end up nicked or dead.

Doesnt mean I dont break the odd speed limit here and there, but only when its appropriate. No point in getting any older if you dont get any smarter!!!
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My 91 XTE 600 does 25 kml litre - 70 mpg easily - I have gone 550 km on a fill from the 23 litre Acerbis tank and still had a couple of litres left.

But it wouldnt pull the skin of a rice pudding , as my dad used to say.

I try to keep the same pace on it as I do on my Beemers which have twice the power, so I have to ring the poor little things neck and run up and down the box like a demented tap dancer.

But obviously not hard enough - your 50 mpg have given me something to aim for------.
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Hi that's great I think you are the first person I have heard of getting 70mpg
That is really good well done I will stick my gps on the bike and try and work it out a little better

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I'm convinced all XT6E's are capable of 70 mpg. All it needs is careful use of the throttle and gears. Invariably this means running in too higher gear for instant excelleraton. I plod along in 5th gear most of the time. My bikes have normal OEM sprockets. Normal riding style will result in between 55 - 60 mpg and fast and furious (unlawful speeds) will bring it down to sub 45 mpg. It's an interesting thread for me because I enjoy saving money by a careful riding style.

I have now got rid of my Volvo C30 1.8 R Design, Sport and instead got myself a new SEAT Altea SE 1.6 Ecomotive. The Seat is supposed to do 50 mpg in town and upto nearly 70 mpg on a long run. The quoted combined cycle is 63 mpg. At the moment I'm doing about 60 on a long run and 50 combined. Goes to show the hype isn't for real.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no tree hugger - I hate recylcling (it's just an excuse to squeeze more money from us all) and I hate hypocritical politicians who try to look good by adopting so called green policies.

I love my XT's they really are my pride and joy you know. I am no longer able to use them in a way they were designed to be used because of a serious spinal injury. These days they get polished more than ridden. In any case I hate riding until it hits 18 degrees plus. I hate getting myself or my bikes wet and muddy.
I suppose you could say I'm a fair weather biker these days (bit of a light weight really) lol.

I enjoy talking with like minded riders who know just how good these machines are and what they are capable of. For a budget (well made, robust, bulletproof, simple, reliable) RTW adventure bike the XT6 reigns supreme.
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My bike is ex Oz Army, and it is set up pretty lean- needs full choke fo a few mins after a "cold" start even on a hot (100f+) day.

I think it is also the low power motor / spec - it certainly doesnt fell like it has much more than 27 hp, and I HAVE A 28 HP BSA B44 Victor to compare it with ----.

I lowered the gearing to 14/45 and this actually improved mileage slightly - most of the backroads I use have a 80 km limit and the lower gearing means I get into top on the level as well as when going downhill.
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Hi mat i got the screen from my uncle who said it was off some custom bike maybe a harley or big yam it gives great protection riding the bike all year round .. to work and back and some little trips .The bikes a 1996..

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Cheers, looks like it was made for the bike!

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