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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-21-2018, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Terrible Fuel Consumption

Curious what kind of fuel economy you guys are getting. I find that 3 bars on the indicator gets me about 100 miles, meaning I'm averaging 35ish mpg.
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Don't go by the bars.. they're not accurate.

Fill up and reset your trip odometer. Drive it almost to empty (last bar flashing), then fill up again.

Divide the miles on your trip odometer by the number of gallons it takes to fill up.
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Good I wasn't sure it had a low level warning.
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Iíve noticed that the first bar goes away pretty quickly for me, like maybe 15 or 20 miles. One bar left at around 100, and flashing at maybe 140 miles. I believe I read at flashing you have like 20 miles yet.

When I fill up I usually put in two gallons or even less, and I am at least 100 miles in. I think I get 60-70mpg on average, which is pretty great.
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Curious what kind of fuel economy you guys are getting. I find that 3 bars on the indicator gets me about 100 miles, meaning I'm averaging 35ish mpg.
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Don't go by the bars.. they're not accurate.

Fill up and reset your trip odometer. Drive it almost to empty (last bar flashing), then fill up again.

Divide the miles on your trip odometer by the number of gallons it takes to fill up.
If you're riding 100 miles and then gassing up, you're probably putting in less than 2 gallons.

I don't use the fuel gauge at all. Reset your trip meter at fill up - drive 130-150 miles - fill up - reset trip meter.
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I probably average about 65 mpg. As @CueBaller mentioned the gauge is good for telling you when you're full and when you're almost empty (Last Bar Will Begin To Flash) and as @ABiz mentioned you have plenty of time to find fuel. I personally have driven 10 miles on the flashing bar.
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I have been averaging slightly over 70 MPG.

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For reference, I checked my MPG fairly regularly when I bought my 500 last May, and was averaging in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A year later, I'm much more comfortable riding, and I ride a bit more aggressively, so that number has probably decreased a little... but I haven't checked my MPGs in probably 6 or 8 months.

I'll make a point to do so after my next fill up, just to see how it's changed.

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I have been averaging slightly over 70 MPG.

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I'm just a little over 61mpg

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...for me... in kilometres
-first bar 50- 70 km (depends how much I filled)
-second bar around 70km (that mean anything from 60- 75km in that range)
-third bar same
-fourth bar same
-blinking bar better go for some fresh fuel (around 40km was longest ride like that... and put around 10litres to reservoir)


This returns my fuel economy from as little as 3litres per 100km (mostly riding with wifey) to close to 4l/100km kinda spirited ride) This outcome is mostly the same from new, so to speak 11000kms in total. And still, with bar went out, I'm in to check, how much I got from that bar...
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