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Gas prices what they are I filled up yesterday and decided I would ride as frugally as possible to maximize MPG to and from work......Air up tires to max. No warm up, just start and go. Ease away from stops. Keep RPM's below 4K. No wheelies, repeat, NO WHEELIES. I managed today for a total of 32 miles. Barely.

This isn't any fun.
 

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We're both singin' from the same hymnal. This mornin', I took on the 42 mile commute astride a fiery steed of 249 CC badness. Conservative riding that my insurance lady and the local Gestapo would admire, I squeezed out a miserly 64 MPG. One may not use the terms aerodynamic and KLR 250 in the same paragraph, unless one has replaced the stock front fender. If I used a small picnic table for a fender, it may be an improvement as far as wind affect on the bike. Its kind of like riding a Shetland Pony. That Mike Tyson is using as a speed bag.

And, a new awareness. Even the Chinese scooter brigade won't wave to a KLR 250.
 

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I try not to look at the pump or track my gas mileage. It's only gonna get worse.
 

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I don't worry about getting on the gas on the KLR. It still gets 25mpg's better than the Saab, and about 40mpg's better than the Land Cruiser so I'm coming out ahead any way I look at it.
I almost apologized to the Saab yesterday when I only put half a tank in and used regular... (usually I use Premium and always fill it up)
Actually my neighbor thought I'd sold the Saab because I hardly ever drive it anymore.
 

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I wish I had my Kymco 150cc scooter back. :character00201:
 

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Gas prices what they are I filled up yesterday and decided I would ride as frugally as possible to maximize MPG to and from work......Air up tires to max. No warm up, just start and go. Ease away from stops. Keep RPM's below 4K. No wheelies, repeat, NO WHEELIES. I managed today for a total of 32 miles. Barely.

This isn't any fun.
First off you have a klr that you can wheelie...I saw on another site where some people are using a 17 tooth front sprocket...I have the 16 T that improved my mpg 50-54.... With 42 Lt. hard bags that sticking out like a fat girls hips I guess that's not to bad ... Anyone have a 17 T if so how is your mpg and is it a wheelie killer, not that I can do a wheelie even when I switch to a 14 T ?? :)
 

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First off you have a klr that you can wheelie...:)
My KLR will not loft the front wheel just by twisting the throttle unless crossing a high crowned road. Learned that quite by accident and now I look for those opportunities :-0 Otherwise it takes a bit of throttle / clutch manipulation. First gear easy, second gear takes that and a tug on the bars.

I've been getting around 48 MPG but want to see what it will get if ridden carefully. Carrying a gallon of gas I once ran the reserve to empty at 265 miles just to see the range a full tank would give. Usually tap the reserve at the 220 - 230 mark.
 

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I try to ride/drive whatever will do the job for the least cost.. With the bikes, it doesn't much matter since they're all 45ish MPG.. I rode to work in the rain today.. My Scion gets 30mpg, my Toyota gets 18mpg..

I swore I wouldn't dig out my 150cc "touring scooter" until $4 a gallon gas.. Guess it's time.. :( Oh well, it's fun to ride, gets 70mpg, and can haul a lot of stuff..
 

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I am fortunate that my company allows me to take my work truck home, so i dont spend any money commuting to work. They sure do though, because i get 10 mpg in that sucker on a good day (f-250 4x4 w/electrical service bed).:)




Maybe i shouldnt mention that i work for an evil oil company.:50:


07 KLR - 39 mpg(so far)
08 B-King - 32 mpg
08 Miata - 31 mpg (hwy)
97 C1500 - 15 mpg(if i drive like an old man)


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I drive my KLR daily regardless of weather right now. My Lifted Explorer and Bronco (both with the larger V-8's) love to drink the gasoline.
Trying to get my wife a touring scooter or a KLR to save her from driving the van daily :)
 

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OH WAAAA! I don't want to hear anyone complain from Texas or the South about high gas prices! I would LOVE to be paying what you all are. I live in socialist Kalifornia! Just check out what today's highs and lows are;

http://www.sanfrangasprices.com/ It's $20+ to fill up!

I feel like trading my KLR650 in for a 250 just so I can get 70mpg! Man I just gotta get out of this crazy place and become a Southerner or a Texan! :46:
 

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OH WAAAA! I don't want to hear anyone complain from Texas or the South about high gas prices! I would LOVE to be paying what you all are. I live in socialist Kalifornia! Just check out what today's highs and lows are;

http://www.sanfrangasprices.com/ It's $20+ to fill up!

I feel like trading my KLR650 in for a 250 just so I can get 70mpg! Man I just gotta get out of this crazy place and become a Southerner or a Texan! :46:
Looks like you understand what needs to be done :12a:
 

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Guys,get a grip, we ride motorcycles!!! I used to get 9mpg with my Bronco-with a tailwind! And FYI gas will be $5.50/gal. By August!
 

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