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MetroMPG 01-09-2008 01:55 PM

What's your best motorcycle MPG?
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For those of you who own/have owned bikes, what's the best MPG you saw, and under what kind of conditions & driving style?

I had a Ninja 250 for a couple of years, just like this one:

26 rear wheel horsepower (close to that); carbureted.

The best I saw on a tank was 85 mpg (imperial) which works out to 70.8 mpg (US) or 3.3 L/100 km.

This was on a relaxed highway round trip in summer weather (let's say 25C) @ about 80 km/h (50 mph) with a little bit of city driving at each end.

Driving style was: short shift (which on this bike was around 4-5000 RPM - 14000 RPM limit), & "driving without brakes" in the city portions.

Daox 01-09-2008 02:08 PM

Hmm... I think the best I've gotten on my 83 CM400 is right around 40 mpg. It obviously needs some carb tuning lol.

MetroMPG 01-09-2008 02:09 PM

Post up a pic! I'm only marginally familiar with the wider world of motorcycles.

Who 01-09-2008 07:05 PM

84 MPG Imp. / 70 MPG / 3.4 LHK tooling around @ 50 MPH in New York State

it also got

29 MPG Imp. / 24 MPG / 9.7 LHK on Highway 401 @ 85 MPH

Which gave it the distinction if being the best and worst of my motorcycles.

Coyote X 01-09-2008 07:17 PM

The Best on my DR650 was 60mpg (US). Driving it fast gets around 48-50mpg. My normal commute was right in the middle at 55mpg normal.

The Hyosung GV250 I reviewed before the best she has gotten that she has tracked was 75mpg. It normally gets a bit over 60mpg driving it like a nut.

The Lifan 200cc bike I reviewed a while ago I have no idea because he doesn't track his mileage at all. But I bet it is probably over 80mpg from as little as he fills that thing up.

s2man 01-17-2008 04:18 PM

'70 something Honda CB650 4cyl with plexi-fairing: Filled up, got on highway, emptied tank, got off and filled again. got 65mpg. I think it got around 40mpg mixed driving.

Daox 01-19-2008 04:17 PM

Finally remembered to get a picture. :) Shes in pretty good shape. Chrome could be a little better, but its not bad for being 25 years old. Unfortunately, I rarely get a chance to ride anymore.

donoman 03-15-2008 04:04 AM

I was really disappointed to find out that my Honda CBR1100XX gets a consistent 36mpg despite attempts to drive slower, carry less luggage, and lube the chain. I am wondering what the hell is up with the mileage.

MetroMPG 03-15-2008 09:49 AM

That does seem kind of low. 36 mpg at what kind of speeds?

donoman 03-15-2008 04:32 PM


Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 14388)
That does seem kind of low. 36 mpg at what kind of speeds?

30% city driving
70% freeway @ 75-80 mph

Unfortunately I cannot ride at 55 mph on the bike as I would get put into a defensive situation.

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