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Post  Paul 1250 on Mon 25 May 2015, 6:48 pm

I went on a ride on the weekend to Walcha with a group, we left Friday in the pouring rain up the Putty rd through to Singleton, across to Dungog, Gloucester and up the Thunderbolt to Walcha.
Of the 10 bikes there were 2 Bandits, Mine and another guys, we fueled up Saturday morning for a run to Tamworth, south to Nundle and back on the Thunderbolt up to walcha.
The second Bandit, a 2011 model, standard, and my 2008 model with a gearing change (16 tooth front sprocket) used exactly the same of fuel for the 300 klm run, 15.1 Ltrs.
I couldn't believe we used the same amount as I was giving my Bandit quite a hard time seeing over 7000rpm regularly, the other rider was very sedate, we fueled up straight after each other and we both were very surprised.
I was a great weekend,1400klms all up and the bandit went like a dream.

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Post  Jimcoleman on Mon 25 May 2015, 6:56 pm

Does that mean you were nudging 200kph on occasion 

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Post  2wheelsagain on Mon 25 May 2015, 7:41 pm

19.8km/l is exceptional. I never got anywhere near that giving it the berries. 
A figure like that was a general trundle to Melb on the Princes Hwy for me. (boring as bat shit!)

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Post  jstava on Tue 26 May 2015, 12:04 am

I generally get fuel economy like that or better all the time.  I don't think I've ever seen it down in the 18s and usually see around 20.  Oddly, out on the road, it doesn't seem to make much difference where I up the ante by 30 or 40%.  Where it uses more fuel is around the town in lower gears. Gunning it up the road, dodging slow moving traffic & hitting the gaps in whats coming on, doesn't even seem to make much difference; punting around town does.  Droning along, getting nowhere any time soon as one does on double points weekends gets real good economy and I've seen 22 a few times.  

Contrast that with the old carbureted Honda 4 I had in the 70's which would drink fuel at 10-12 km/l if I went hard in a sustained way, and 18 was having a real good (or bad) day, or my SRX6 which is not efficient at all - 608 ccs which is reliable for 16-17km/l and 18 is just a pipe dream. 

I like my Bandit.

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Re: Interesting observation

Post  Bosco15 on Tue 26 May 2015, 7:33 am

I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

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Post  Hammy on Tue 26 May 2015, 8:22 am

@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz


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Re: Interesting observation

Post  madmax on Tue 26 May 2015, 8:55 am

@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Tue 26 May 2015, 9:52 am

@madmax wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

Clearly you dont ride one of these. 210km of hwy cruising. Much less if grinning from ear to ear Laughing

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Post  Chook on Tue 26 May 2015, 10:19 am

@2wheelsagain wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

Clearly you dont ride one of these. 210km of hwy cruising. Much less if grinning from ear to ear Laughing

Another plus for the Bandit Smile

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Post  barry_mcki on Tue 26 May 2015, 10:25 am

I stopped doing fuel calculations after I re-built my big block Ford motor, 80lt of LPG got just over 100km (3.5mpg), mind you it was almost 8 liters pulling a 2 ton car and that 100kms was a fun bit of driving especially with the 4.11 mini-spool rear end  Twisted Evil   Trouble was I couldn't drive out of town as I would not have made it to the next garage  Embarassed .  So the Bandit even with all the extra clobber on mine is a dream fuel wise.  

I too subscribe to the MM philology, when the lights flashing its time to refuel. On long trips I've also got my 10lt reserve, just in case I misjudged the next fuel stop.


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Re: Interesting observation

Post  2wheelsagain on Tue 26 May 2015, 12:14 pm

@Chook wrote:
@2wheelsagain wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

Clearly you dont ride one of these. 210km of hwy cruising. Much less if grinning from ear to ear Laughing

Another plus for the Bandit Smile

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Post  SuzySuzuki on Tue 26 May 2015, 5:20 pm

I put fuel in when that last bar is flashing. How pissed am I, when I fill up and find I still had 5litres to empty, and gave done 280kms?

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Post  MattyC on Tue 26 May 2015, 5:21 pm

@2wheelsagain wrote:
@Chook wrote:
@2wheelsagain wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

Clearly you dont ride one of these. 210km of hwy cruising. Much less if grinning from ear to ear Laughing

Another plus for the Bandit Smile

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I have a much bigger grin Smile And I'm going deaf lol!


Lol. What did you say


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Post  Paul 1250 on Tue 26 May 2015, 6:07 pm

I'm not really concerned about economy just surprised that my bike used the same amount of fuel as another similar bike even though i was on the throttle much harder than the other rider.

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Post  MattyC on Tue 26 May 2015, 6:14 pm

It might be the state of tune that his bike had ?

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Post  madmax on Tue 26 May 2015, 7:17 pm

@2wheelsagain wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:I put fuel in when it's getting low. I wouldn't have a clue how much I put in. 
My frame of reference is grins/km. 
If you want economy ride a scooter. Razz

Well put, the only time i worry about fuel is when the gauge is flashing and i can't find fuel in town. Like the other day when Mike and I rolled into Balmoral and at first couldn't find the weird self serve pumps they have in town. It would have been a very careful ride to the next town.

Clearly you dont ride one of these. 210km of hwy cruising. Much less if grinning from ear to ear Laughing


Yep I don't

but you missed this very important bit   and i can't find fuel in town.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Tue 26 May 2015, 8:20 pm

That would have me stuffed mate Laughing

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Post  Jimcoleman on Wed 27 May 2015, 8:35 pm

Best i ever got out of a tank was 380ks Eden to Bemm River and Back but it was under duress, I run either e10 mixed with Kero or if mitre 10 has it 4 litre bottles on special, straight

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