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151.8 miles to reserve?

Went on a ride today. Back roads, up and down hills, county roads and interstate. Traveled 151.8 mile and not on reserve yet. What say you on mileage?

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Went on a ride today. Back roads, up and down hills, county roads and interstate. Traveled 151.8 mile and not on reserve yet. What say you on mileage?
I'd say that's awesome!

Every once in a while I like to let 'er rip, but most of the time ~ commuting to work or enjoying a ride in the countryside ~ I'm riding easy and getting around 50 mpg while I'm at it.

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When I had the stock 100 front tire my highest milage before reserve was 167mi., but since I put the 110 tire on I do about 155-160 mi. before reserve... I usually try to fill up at or before 150... My average w/110 has been running around +/-53 mpg.... I ride simuliar to what you describe, except stay off the interstate except when absolutly necessary... I think if I were you, I wouldn't get too far from gas and run it till I hit reserve and find out about what milage it hits reserve...
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Took a ride to the mountains yesterday 350 miles total, average was 56 mph one stratch was 70 miles of highway around 70 mph. Around town genneraly is 50 mpg.

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I was my first chance to take the VN for a bit of a run after getting her running well. Filled up in Kuala Lumpur and then headed to the Sepang F1 circuit to meet up with some friends who are in a Classic Car racing club and were racing there today.

So it was about 50 miles out to the Sepang circuit all on highway roads, not too much traffic about for 8:30am on a sunday. She was running quite nicely purring along at 60mph, decided to see what she would do. Got up to 70, then 80, then 90 and reach the 100, 100mph at 7000rpm. Most of the way I was between 70 to 90, same coming back. So it quite a spirited ride for the girl, performed well. Definately struggles at the higher speeds whereas my VFR750 is ready for more, but she is a V4 sports/tourer and built for the speed.

During the higher speed :-

5200rpm = 80mph
6000rpm = 90mph
7000rpm = 100mph

Very happy that she went so well, obviously very much happier cruising between 60 - 70 mph. The fuel guage was showing zero but still ruinning on the main tank so went to fill up.

10.5 litres (2.77 US gallons) for 108 miles = 39 miles per US gallon. I was well pleased with that result, given the sustained high speed I was travelling at. A more sedate pace should see 50mpg on a run.

Around KL in the rush hour traffic, using the low down pull of the motor, enjoying the get up and go to much has resulted in a usual mpg (US gallon) of 35mpg.

One question, the Kawasaki manual states the tank holds 13.5 litres, is that the total tank capacity (main and reserve) or only the main tank, anybody confirm the main and reserve tank capacities for me.

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There is no reserve tank and main tank - just a different setting on the petcock...

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I usually hit reserve about 100-110 miles. =(
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There is no reserve tank and main tank - just a different setting on the petcock...
Agreed, one tank with two different height take off points from the petcock into the tank.

What is the amount of petrol from a full tank to running out and having to switch to reserve ?

When switched to reserve what amount to petrol is left in the tank ?

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One question, the Kawasaki manual states the tank holds 13.5 litres, is that the total tank capacity (main and reserve) or only the main tank, anybody confirm the main and reserve tank capacities for me.
I believe that is main and reserve 13.5 liters = 3.56 gal . The reserve setting on the petcock allows the last few inches of gas to drain into the carbs from the fuel tank. I hit reserve at about 2.9 gal (10.9 liters).

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When I had the stock 100 front tire my highest milage before reserve was 167mi., but since I put the 110 tire on I do about 155-160 mi. before reserve... ...

Those wondering should understand that the 110 tire does not really effect the gas mileage that much, but it does cause diffrent reading on the speedometer, odometer and tripometer. Becuase it does tend to make these give more accuarate readings, those figuring miles per gallon with a 110 front tire are likely giving the most "real" mpg figures.

Those that use one of the higher end GPS units that give speed and mileage readings would tend to be even more accurate, because as we all know, the stock 100 tire gives speed and milage figures that are a bit more than what the actualy are.

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