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What is your average gas mileage?
Less than 50 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 11 ]
50 - 55 mpg. 5%  5%  [ 16 ]
55 - 60 mpg. 6%  6%  [ 18 ]
60 - 65 mpg. 13%  13%  [ 41 ]
65 - 70 mpg. 14%  14%  [ 42 ]
70 - 75 mpg. 27%  27%  [ 82 ]
75 - 80 mpg. 14%  14%  [ 43 ]
80 - 85 mpg. 10%  10%  [ 30 ]
85 - 90 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 12 ]
greater than 90 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 11 ]
Total votes : 306
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:48 pm 
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jsonder wrote:
Also, somebody could have reset your trip meter while "looking" at your bike.

Do you record the mileage and gas purchased? If yes, that will let you test my hypothesis.


Nope. I am going to fill up and then check my tank at around 90 miles, to see how low it is. ...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:39 am 
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Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: IN
City: Bloomington
Summer gas - 76 - 80 mpg
Winter gas - 71 - 75 (I choose the 70-75 category since it is still winter.)


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Motorcycle: 2007 Honda VLX, 2011 Triumph S
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Country: USA
State/Province: LA
City: Baton Rouge
Maybe it's the age of my Rebel, but try as I might to get the mileage up, the best I've been able to get on it is 57.6 MPG.

Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:27 am 
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Motorcycle: 85 Rebel, 07 V-Star Silverado
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Country: USA
State/Province: WA
City: Renton
An awful lot depends on length of trips (hence how long you're riding with the choke on which enrichens the mixture and kills mileage), HOW you ride (do you wind it out or shift to 5th ASAP?, do you enjoy jackrabbit starts?), WHERE You ride (freeway WOT will kill your mileage, too) and the overall state of the engine itself of course. IMHO mpg does not have much to do with the age of the engine.
Have you checked the color of your plugs? Could be you're running rich as well. (exhaust popping when you chop the gas and let it ride out is a telltale sign). http://rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=19069 has a link to a good article about reading plugs.

I do 80% local roads, 20% freeway with the average trip probably around 25-30 miles and have averaged 85mpg over the last (only) 1500 miles in 8 months since I've had the bike. In the winter when trips were much shorter, my mileage dropped to about 65-70. That's also because of the fact I had the choke on relatively more often with those shorter trips.
Best I've had was 96mpg :cheers: (that was a single tank).

I still wish the tank were bigger, though. I don't understand why motorcycle manufacturers think 170-200 miles per tank before you have to fill up is "normal". It seems to be about the same for bikes, regardless of make, model or size. I easily get around 330 miles in my car (Scion Xb)!
When I've saved some more $$ in my bikefund (gotta buy new pipes first which will also probably kill mileage) I'd want to get one of those Tank tanks. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:29 pm 
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Motorcycle: 2007 Honda VLX, 2011 Triumph S
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City: Baton Rouge
No, my mixture isn't too rich and I cut the choke back very quickly. I NEVER ride the freeways, but LA HWY 30 — a simple 2-lane rural highway with a 55 MPH speed limit — requires driving at 70 to keep from being blown off the road by speeding tanker trucks coming to and from the chemical plants and refineries dotting the landscape along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It's the only time I ride WOT, but that's only for a few miles a week. Most of my rides are on roads like what they call Farm roads over in Texas: sparsely traveled my lady mall shoppers and late-to-work employees where I seldom drive above 45 MPH.

Since I generally drive the Reb about 100 miles per day, I am usually filling the tank daily (today's fill-up took 1.945 gallons for 111.5 miles travelled), I'd like a bigger tank too. I have no complaints about my 3.5L V-6 Magnum, though, that gets about 350 miles to the tank in town and over 500 on the open road.

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Before the new carb, running real rich, it was around 46mpg.

Now after a new carb, it got around 68mpg on the first tank. Will update once I've done a few more fillups.

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I'm getting 51 mpg on my '85. I think I'm running alittle too rich plus my lean, mean 5'10" 220lbs helps as well!


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bilkoj wrote:
I'm getting 51 mpg on my '85. I think I'm running alittle too rich plus my lean, mean 5'10" 220lbs helps as well!
Def. too rich. My 09' gets 70 plus mpgs and I'm over 220lbs. also.

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I finally got more than 59 MPG, but just barely: 60.74 MPG on the last tank.

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Well, this seems less impressive seeing it puts me in the largest bracket...

All winter since getting the bike I've been getting about 64 mpg. Then when it started warming up it jumped to 67 mpg two tanks ago. Just to see how far I could push it I started shutting off the engine at lights anytime I already had a stopped car behind me or had nothing coming. Last tank was 73 mpg. I'm curious if it'll keep improving with warmer weather (though the warm-up time has already been cut down by its most significant chunk).

I drive 20-35 miles a day, pretty much all under 45 mph (there's a couple of stretches where you can move it up to 50...) and it's not particularly hilly, so I guess that's not all that impressive. I'm hoping to move up to a 15 tooth front sprocket when it's time to replace the chain, so hopefully that will improve it some... What other modifications/maintenance is helpful with improving mpg?

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The first tank I counted pulled 74.9 MPG which seems pretty good to me. It still is a brand new bike and I'm curious how she will break in over time.


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hewittdallas wrote:
The first tank I counted pulled 74.9 MPG .
That's where I'm at with 5K miles.

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bB2NER wrote:
hewittdallas wrote:
The first tank I counted pulled 74.9 MPG .
That's where I'm at with 5K miles.


Good, this gives me something to look forward to. I am also hoping that polishing up my riding skills may help a tad bit as well. Not that I am a terrible rider, but I know I could definitely smooth it out a little.


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In the first 2500 miles on my 2009 Rebel 250, the mileage has varied from a low of 55 to a high of 72 mpg. It seems to depend on how much time I spend in traffic. My 12 mile ride to work is all on city streets. If I hit a lot of red lights the mileage is lower. On those days where I luck out and hit almost nothing but greens the mileage improves pretty quickly. The 72 mpg was from a long road trip last weekend with little time spent waiting for red lights, but some time spent climbing mountain roads. Overall, I'd say I get 60 or less in traffic, 75 or better on the open road doing 60-65 mph.


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Motorcycle: 87 Rebel 450
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State/Province: FL
City: Oviedo
I managed 57 MPG on my 450 last tank. My ride is a 15 mile commute through the suburbs that can take 45 minutes on a good day :evil:. Sometimes it seems like I'm idling more than actually driving...

:cheers:

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My last tank just improved to 78 MPG which makes me quite happy. I ride almost entirely city on my 9 mile commute to work. I am still trying to convince myself that this recent improvement is credited to my improved riding skills. But who knows... :D


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The more slow speed (25-45 mph) you do the higher the mpgs will be. My Dad rides backroads for hours at a time doing a max of 45 and manages over 100 mpgs. :shock: He keeps asking us what our mpgs are and teasing us. :P

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MY MPGs are all over the place. It really depends on your riding; at least that is what I am seeing...

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Motorcycle: CMX 250
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State/Province: AL
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I have been getting about 72 mpg - but that was before you folks helped me figure out that I had a choke problem. I fixed the problem, readjusted the carb and we will see what I get. . . .I live in Phoenix and typically run 40 to 65 mphon a mix of I17 and surface streets.


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Thanks Zep,

Added the V, just have to input the rest.

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