Re: Economy and Fuel Guage Questions
I have averaged between 44 and 64 mpg depending on my ride. Highway speeds, so 70 mph or more, against a head wind and I'm down to 44 mpg. Typically doing highway speeds with just me on the bike and I'll average around 49 or 50 mpg. The slower the speed I ride, the better the mileage, so if I'm mainly riding in the mountains, doing 60 mph or less, I tend to get upwards of 55 mpg. Cruising Arches National Monument and Dead Horse State Park, so riding between 30 and 40 mph, I got 64 mpg. It all depends on how fast your going and how agressively you're riding. I tend to figure 50 mpg on average.
The fuel guage ... as described above nicely, it's not that accurate. Hangs on FULL for a long time then drops like a rock. What I have come to use it for is two things. 1) Estimating my mpg on a ride, and 2) estimating when I may need to switch to Reserve. At the "halfway" point is how I judge my mpg. If I'm at 100 miles and it's "halfway", then I'm roughly getting 49-50 mpg. The more miles I get before that point,the better, the less miles, worse. If I hit it at 85 miles or so, then I know I'm doing mid-40's. When it gets to "empty" or near it, I know my reserve will seen be kicking in.
Theoretically the tank is a 3.6 gallon tank with 0.4 gallons reserve ... which would imply the main at 3.2 gallons. Thus, you'd expect to hit your reserve at 3.2 gallons. However, noting when I have to switch to Reserve, I am almost always consistantly hitting the reserve mark at 2.7 or 2.8 gallons. Perhaps that is just my bike. But given that, I then assume I don't get the full 3.6 gallons, but rather only a max of 3.2 gallons. So, if I'm averaging 50 mpg ... I should hit the reserve at 135 miles with another 20 miles left. Just my way of doing things.