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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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We've had 9" of rain between Sunday week ago and yesterday evening. They are predicting a 60% chance tomorrow, 70% Friday and 50% both Sat & Sun. So this morning I put off mowing my grass and went for a ride. The sun was not up high enough to heat the roads where there were lots of trees and the air temp would drop 10 degrees every time I rode through the overhanging trees. I decided not to get gas but just keep an eye on the gauge. When I got back home the total miles ridden so far on that tank has been 275 miles. The gauge was a hair away from the red zone but the fuel warning light had not yet come on. I thought by now the light would have come on. Now I have to decide whether or not to pour a little in next time or chance making it to the nearest gas station almost ten miles away. Which normally happens first, the red zone or the warning light.
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Yellow light comes on first on mine. I just checked my mileage today. 160 miles with 120 on highway came in at 38.5MPG.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 05:46 AM
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Just assumption but I would say you more than likely have made your way thru all of the 4.5 gallons the bike holds. just rough estimate you've got 61 miles to the gallon which is believable. But I dont think it could get much higher, though I could be wrong. That being said I would put a lil bit in before leaving the house.
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We've had 9" of rain between Sunday week ago and yesterday evening. They are predicting a 60% chance tomorrow, 70% Friday and 50% both Sat & Sun. So this morning I put off mowing my grass and went for a ride. The sun was not up high enough to heat the roads where there were lots of trees and the air temp would drop 10 degrees every time I rode through the overhanging trees. I decided not to get gas but just keep an eye on the gauge. When I got back home the total miles ridden so far on that tank has been 275 miles. The gauge was a hair away from the red zone but the fuel warning light had not yet come on. I thought by now the light would have come on. Now I have to decide whether or not to pour a little in next time or chance making it to the nearest gas station almost ten miles away. Which normally happens first, the red zone or the warning light.
I never trusted the gas gauge, I relied on the low fuel light. That's a lot of miles on a tank, though. How much faith do you have on the light is the question.

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Holy crap!!! If your gauge is anything like mine (light stays on with 1.3 gal left)you have used a little less than 4 gallons in 275 miles which equates to 70 mpg or more!!! Like Nati said. Fill that tank up and see how low you are......
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You are a lucky man. I have NEVER, EVER, EVER in 28,000 plus miles on the 9 gotten over 44 mpg (that's about 60 sustained on a flat highway with little to no wind). I can usually expect about 40 mpg average, just what the dealer told me I would get when I bought it.

My light comes on with a gallon remaining in the tank.

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Wow that is good, I have the custom, and Averaging between 44 and 46. I've gotten a 183 miles on a tank.
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I have an 800 and average about 37-40 mpg, I am sure I would get much better mileage with quieter pipes, they just sound so good with the throttle cracked... Lol


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On my 900 with a 5.3 gallon tank, I'm getting over 200 miles before I get the light. Each time I fill up, I've got over a gallon that I could have burned.

275 miles seems a little high but could be doable considering speed and road conditions.

I have always been impressed with the gas tank size they gave us for the 9.
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I thought the 900 only had a 4.5 gallon tank
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