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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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anyone know about how many miles I can ride on a full tank at highway speeds?

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Don't know, at 90 miles I usually started looking for a gas station. At 65-70 mph I think 120 miles till you hit reserve is the highest figure I have seen.

Keeping the bike under 5000 rpms saves ALOT of fuel.

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i got 120 miles running 65-70 mph maybe a tad faster i e passing people

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I get about the same on my 2000 VN 750, 120 -130 per tank and still have the reserve if no fuel stations are in sight. While riding in unfamiliar areas I will start looking at 110 miles and feel pretty safe that I will not be pushing or left on the road side.
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140 is my best with out hitting the reserve I start looking at 110

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Keeping the bike under 5000 rpms saves ALOT of fuel.
I've noticed 5000 seems like the magic number for me. If I stay under that, I can regularly run 120 miles on a tank. With the wife on back, I don't feel comfortable running more than 110 (though I'm not sure if it's due to a decrease in fuel mileage, or to avoid her repeated mocking if we were to run dry).
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When I first got mine, I ran it till it started to sputter and switched to reserve. That was 124 miles. Changed out the plugs, new air filters and ran seafaom through it and got a few more miles out of it. But at 120, I'm looking for a station.

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I think I agree with KM basically - I usually looking for a gas station right around 90 miles or so, give or take a few depending on wind, etc. I only put 2.5 gals in mine each time, as I don't like to run it completely full. But I pretty consistently get 100+ miles out of that.

I had a bad experience with the bike I had before my VN750 though where I ran out of gas and flipped it to reserve - only to find out there WAS NO reserve fuel! Apparently, the little pipe that sticks up from the bottom of the tank on that bike to separate out the "reserve" had fallen off, and I had run through all the gas I had - yikes! The good news? I was in town, only about 1/2 mile away from a gas station. The bad news? It was here in Phoenix, in the summer time, and I was (as I always am) in full gear.

So yeahhhhh.... I start looking before I get "too close" now - right around 90-100 miles like KM said : )

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A month ago I filled my up on Chevron 87 octane and rode back roads for 141 miles before I went to reserve because of hilling roads. I usually fill up at around 125 to 130. I'm 310 pound. Not high revving but a lot of shifting took place. I use to get 150 mile on a tank but the 10% ethanol hurt the mileage. I check my mileage by the pump and the calculator. Never less than 47.5 when I run her up a little. Hard to fine a station here that doesn't have ethanol and if you do water is usually in there somewhere.

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thanks for the info. It helped. I never kept track of how many miles before tank is close to dry. I will be on a 9 hour trip so I am trying to plan when to fuel up and where. I can look at the gas gauge, but like I said i never ran it close to dry, I would fill it up when It got at half tank. Thanks again for all your input.

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