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06-11-2007 04:11 PM
fergy I weigh 260 and have gone 122 before filling up, and not on reserve. I just filled up and my mileage was 47 for that tank. The reserve is just a lower input tube in the petcock that allows gas to enter the petcock near the bottom of the tank. The on position just uses a higher tube in the tank to bring gas to the carbs.

I'd suggest that you always zero your trip meter at every fill up and keep track of how many miles you average per gallon. That will help you feel comfortable with the trip. Plus, if something were wrong and you were only getting 25 or 30 mpg, you'd rather find out now.

Knock on wood, I've never had my bike run out of gas and had to go to reserve. I just use reserve every time I put seafoam in the tank to make sure it's keeping clean.
06-11-2007 01:49 PM
taylorj i get 50-52 mpg with normal riding . i usually go 150-160 miles before hitting reserve
06-10-2007 03:14 AM
tankist mmm. i would not be concerned at all. i used to fill up at 110-120 miles and NEVER used reserve. but just for the piece of mind you could bring small camping fuel canister or two if you want.

not to rub it in or anything but i just love the range of my Vee
06-10-2007 12:47 AM
hyperbuzzin I can usually get to 130mi before being concerned with finding a gas station.
The absolute furthest I've gone, using reserve, was 170 miles. That was through National Forest roads here in PA, which are mostly dirt roads, so speed was never to high. Maybe 45 mph average for that 170mi's.

I don't think you'll have any trouble doing 100mi, just be sure to fill up at your 'last chance for gas'

And remember, the first 1/2 of the gas gauge will go by slowly. Once you start into the second 1/2 on the gauge, it'll seem to go down quicker, so if you get to 85 miles on the first half of the tank, don't expect to get to 170 on the last half.
06-09-2007 11:41 PM
Ccspinner The best I have goten is 130 without using the reserve.
You can get another 20 or so out of the reserve.
I have never pushed it to find out the most I have goten is 15 miles then I filled up.
06-09-2007 11:01 PM
Pick Keep your speed down and you can easily go 150 miles on a tank. I've been getting over 50 mpg and I have the full Tour Pack fairing and lowers, and I'm not a small guy. Once the tach exceeds 4000 rpm, you mileage starts to go down in a hurry. At 85 mph on the interstate, I get in the mid 30s.
06-09-2007 10:32 PM
theauhawk No, the gas gauge will not show more fuel once you throw the petcock to reserve.

To keep from having to push the bike, I figure once I go on reserve, I have about 20 miles left of riding (but I have in fact gone further on reserve) if I'm riding at constant highway speeds (60-70 mph).

As a footnote, some claim better fuel mileage when using synthetic motor oil, and/or switching to iridium spark plugs. The iridium plugs also help (I gather) quite much with hot starts.

Both these options make sense, but I have not verified them for myself yet.

In any case, stay away from high octane gasoline. Our bike runs just fine on the 87 octane fuel......
06-09-2007 10:16 PM
jack smith
What reserve portion of the fuel gauge?

I dont see a reserve portion of the fuel gauge. If I switch to reserve, will it show more gas than it did before switching?

Originally Posted by theauhawk View Post
If you run your bike in 5th gear with rpms under 4,500...it's not unreasonable to expect gas mileage in the low 50s, with a 750 in good tune. Unless you're a "heavy" person, carrying a heavy load (or a passenger), fighting a good headwind, and/or you're riding in really hilly country.

Most people here seem to run closer to interstate speeds, and get average mileage in the mid to upper 40s.

The tank spec is 3.5 gals, so you should be able to go 150 miles or so, on a tank--if you keep your speeds down. I know because I've done it, repeatedly.

My bike is an '05 as well. For a "returning rookie" you made a damn fine choice for a bike.

The fuel gauge and the reserve portion of the tank though, will "tell" you to get gas before then, however (that is, the fuel gauge reading isn't the most accurate in the world, especially the lower half).

If you're still concerned, you might just do a good ride before your trip to your friend, and check it to see what you're currently getting.

Never heard (or read elsewhere here) of anyone out there that makes larger tanks for this bike.
06-09-2007 09:08 PM
rnewell I have got over 50 with the wife on the back. Together we weigh about 290.
06-09-2007 03:46 PM
Kawtime I drive 75 miles each day to work I am a pretty aggressive rider and weigh about 205. I am getting 55 mpg, I also go through a longe stretch of stop and go traffic,
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