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post #1 of 14 Old 10-17-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Gas Mileage Report

As you can see in my avatar picture I usually have a really wide pair of panniers mounted on my bike. These do impact the mpg I get. Yesterday I filled up with 4 gallons with the trip odometer at 205 miles, 51 mpg with the cans mounted! I get around 54/55 without the drag when they are not mounted. I think this is about average for a KLR.

Do you experience changes in mpg with panniers on and off your bike?

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-17-2009, 10:34 PM
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The best I've done so far is 49.5. However I've had this tendancy lately to throttle up a bit. Just can't resist a twisty stretch of road.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-18-2009, 08:44 AM
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Doesn't make much difference around town but on a highway ride or such the wind direction and speed make more difference than anything.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-18-2009, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I find that also. If I have to go to Anchorage and don't forsee shopping while there I leave them in the garage.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-19-2009, 11:14 AM
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I don't have panniers on my bike, and I get consistently 55-56mpg in town traffic. That's with the 16 tooth front sprocket. I guess I drive like an old lady. Seldom over 4000 rpm... but I still get through traffic ahead of most cagers.
I am thinking about soft pannier type bags, though.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-20-2009, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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I get the same if I just run around town here too. That's keeping it under 60mph.

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-21-2009, 12:55 PM
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I got 48 mpg with a 15t sprocket until I put on a vance hines muffler and had the Kawasaki dealership do a stage one rejet. Now I only get about 40 mpg with a 16t sprocket. I am not at all happy with the mileage. Should I consider another rejet? Any suggestions?
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-21-2009, 03:17 PM
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I use smaller "Fat Fifty" ammo cans as panniers, and my mileage is the same with or without them - 51MPG average. Had dropped to 47MPG whenI first began having to use E10 ethanol-corrupted gas, but it has gotten better - maybe the KLR got used to it?
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 01:38 AM
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DwellBud,
The stock jetting is usually fine as-is.
The parts that need sweetening are the idle and midrange circuits.
These two mods are simple, either help or don't affect mileage,
and many threads on each are in the tech sections.

Yes. (IMO) Lose the jetkit. The dealers can't legally change the
idle screw position so the band-aid fix is bigger jets when an aftermarket
exhaust and intake (stage 1) are installed. The jetting keeps it from popping
but really drinks the gas. Those two mentioned mods take care
of everything nice and Cheap. lol
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I got 48 mpg with a 15t sprocket until I put on a vance hines muffler and had the Kawasaki dealership do a stage one rejet. Now I only get about 40 mpg with a 16t sprocket. I am not at all happy with the mileage. Should I consider another rejet? Any suggestions?
If I was getting 40 MPG I would ask the dealer to repair the diaphram they installed incorrectly. I say this because I installed my diaphram incorrectly and was getting poor gas mileage.

Part of your poor gas mileage is the Happy Grip being used too much. Gotta hear that $400 exhaust

Tim

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