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post #21 of 85 Old 10-19-2015, 04:17 PM
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I fulfilled the 300 mile club milestone today. I had a 1 gallon can of gas with me just in case I got left stranded. As it turned out I had not switched to reserve yet. My reserve tube has been shortened so it's a little different than most.

My results are as follows:

489.7 km. travelled = 304.3 miles
19.744 liters of fuel to fill tank = 5.2158 US gal = 4.343 IMP gal
Mileage calculated at 4.03L/100 km = 58.34 MPG (US) 70.07 MPG (IMP)

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post #23 of 85 Old 10-19-2015, 09:21 PM
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Outstanding results, klr4evr!
Now ya' know!
I wish that we could always count on that, 'good of gas'!! 58+ mpg! I've seen 72+ mpg.

How far are ya' gonna' extend it, next time that ya' have nothing better to do?
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KLR4evr, Welcome to the Club!!!!
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post #25 of 85 Old 10-24-2015, 09:56 AM
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300 Miles on a Tank is amazing... Not sure I will be able to do that!
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post #26 of 85 Old 10-24-2015, 12:12 PM
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300 miles may be more common than you might have earlier thought!

It's the next Hundred that is really rare. I have had a couple of short runs around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that have given me over 70 MPG. Filled up 2.5-3 gallons. 45 MPH and under.

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Trying for 400 miles will be my next challenge. don't think I would make it though as most of my driving is at 60 MPH average.

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For normal average people riding normal average KLR 650s riding normal average speeds 300 miles on one steel take of fuel is still an accompishment and a check mark on a bucket list!

Say a friend rides up pikes peak 3 times at 30 mph turns around and coasts back down with the engine running and gets 92 MPG average, that would work out to 501 mies on one tank. Ride up a taller mountain somewhere and coast down you might get 600 mi on a tank. These would be great talking points but in the real world where most of us ride not possible. Someone should start a thread for maxium MPG possible on a KLR.

The 300 mie club was ment for real world riding.
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I just Did IT Again!

Over the last 3 weeks I've only ridden locally.
But the 9 mile stretch between Lander WY and Hudson WY is again posted at 70 MPH. (Just like the Early '70s.)

So 11.1 miles from my house to my folks' property in Hudson, with 18 miles round trip of indicated 70-75 mph on the Lying KLR speedometer.
But the odometers of KLR's are fairly Accurate.

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Turned on to reserve last weekend, 255 miles.
1st lay-down to 'secret-reserve' at, 298.3 miles.
2nd lay-down to 'supersecret-reserve' at 305.2 miles.
3rd lay-down to access 'S-S-secret-reserve' at 308.9 miles. (In front of my own business on the West end of Main Street no less!)
Gas station of current preference on the East end.

310.0 miles. 5.978 gallons, 51.857 MPG. That is my most fuel Ridden by +.050 gallon. Previous maximum was 5.928 gallons ridden.

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I didn't see it discussed, but did anyone test their fuel economy with unethanol gas? Most pump gas now is blended with 10-15% ethanol. It's possible to find the unadulterated stuff if you look. I've found that price wise, it compares to premium unleaded.

I run it exclusively in my lawn equipment, ATV, and dirt bike. Until it was stolen, I also fed it to my XT250. Although it's a problem logistically (buying fuel in 5 gallon jugs and hauling them home), I wonder if it can help more folks join the 300 club.

That being said, eliminating the 10-15% ethanol from the equation won't necessarily translate to a 10-15% increase in fuel economy.

With Yamaha's 2.5 gallon tank I was once able to achieve 87.5 mpg. I rode nearly 200 miles and had .4 gallons of fuel left when I topped off. Of course, this would have been when the bike was new and I was riding under break in conditions (low rpm and slow revving). However, subsequent fuel economy routinely exceeded the 75 mpg EPA average. Given the hills and climbs of West Virginia, I would think that I should be achieving less than that with common ethanol blended fuels.

Anyway, food for thought.

Perhaps I can report back at some point in the near future once I find another source of fuel. My local station was destroyed during the recent flooding we experienced and won't be reopening.
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