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I've been looking at this bike and enjoyed my test ride. The low endurance a concern so I would want a bigger fuel tank.
I live in a big country, less than 300km range means that I would have to use a jerry can just to get to the next servo. Has anyone replaced the fuel tank with something with more than 11 Litres? I couldn't find many options to change the bike- which struck me as strange given the marketing seems to be about "make it personal".
I currently ride a Virago 250 with a 15L tank and often get 500km on a tank
In the same vein, I like big windshields - Has anyone fitted a big shield yet?
- to be clear this is for the 500 (The only one offered in Australia)
 

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I've been looking at this bike and enjoyed my test ride. The low endurance a concern so I would want a bigger fuel tank.
I live in a big country, less than 300km range means that I would have to use a jerry can just to get to the next servo. Has anyone replaced the fuel tank with something with more than 11 Litres? I couldn't find many options to change the bike- which struck me as strange given the marketing seems to be about "make it personal".
I currently ride a Virago 250 with a 15L tank and often get 500km on a tank
In the same vein, I like big windshields - Has anyone fitted a big shield yet?
- to be clear this is for the 500 (The only one offered in Australia)
Dude What Part of Oz you from? My 500 is loving the long country roads and Im getting 400+km to a tank. If I recall about the only trip I might need a jerry can for would be crossing the Nullarbor.
All that taken into consideration the petrol stop is a good chance to get ya bum off that dang hard seat.
 

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Thank you. 400km is plenty.
I'm a Perth boy - down south the servoes are pretty good, but as soon as you head north or inland - they can be a problem
400km makes me very happy - I must have made a mistake translating from American into numbers
 

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I don't think they had the gas tank in mind with the whole "make it your own"
More in terms of styling/looks, and not so much practically.

But with a 20 liters tank in your backpack you should cover more than enough, no?
 

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Making a bike personal doesnt normally include just mass market items. You could very easily fit a plethora of tanks on the bike. Or take it to a shop to get a custom one made.
The whole make it yours it based on the fact the made the bike very easy for custom work to be done to it.
 

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Making a bike personal doesnt normally include just mass market items. You could very easily fit a plethora of tanks on the bike. Or take it to a shop to get a custom one made.
The whole make it yours it based on the fact the made the bike very easy for custom work to be done to it.
Way to kill the mood here, dude... lol :p
Sure, nothings impossible, but as modding goes, in general, the gas tank usually stays the same for most.
 

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400+km to a tank? That's an epic amount? Wow. That's going to need converted fuel performance to be what, over 100mpg at least? Good to know.
 

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I'm averaging 69-72 mpg with a Rebel 300...does the 500 really get that much better gas mileage!?
I'm filling up after 130 miles (209 km) just because my gauge is down to one bar by then.
 

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400km is 248 miles, which would need to average over 80mpg... not likely.

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It's only got a 11.2ltr tank. I think that's around 2.5 gallon? Maybe even less. So would need to be returning at least 100mpg for that range. If that's what it's doing I'll be impressed.
 

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I'm averaging 69-72 mpg with a Rebel 300...does the 500 really get that much better gas mileage!?
I'm filling up after 130 miles (209 km) just because my gauge is down to one bar by then.
No. I average between 65 and 70mpg on my 500.
It's only got a 11.2ltr tank. I think that's around 2.5 gallon? Maybe even less. So would need to be returning at least 100mpg for that range. If that's what it's doing I'll be impressed.
I think it's a 2.9 gallon tank.

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I'm averaging 69-72 mpg with a Rebel 300...does the 500 really get that much better gas mileage!?
I'm filling up after 130 miles (209 km) just because my gauge is down to one bar by then.
No. I average between 65 and 70mpg on my 500.
It's only got a 11.2ltr tank. I think that's around 2.5 gallon? Maybe even less. So would need to be returning at least 100mpg for that range. If that's what it's doing I'll be impressed.
I think it's a 2.9 gallon tank.

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Think we've got different gallons than you guys....
 

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FWIW I am getting just a little over 70 MPG on my Rebel 500.

At some where just past 140 miles on the odometer the gauge bar starts blinking and I stop for fuel.

Kenny G
 

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Dang, 500's are amazing! Same gas mileage as the 300 and almost twice the power.

If a larger tank ever comes available I'd definitely be interested. There's a gas station at the end of every block, im just too lazy to stop so often though :)
 

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FWIW I am getting just a little over 70 MPG on my Rebel 500.

At some where just past 140 miles on the odometer the gauge bar starts blinking and I stop for fuel.

Kenny G
That's about consistent with our mileage Kenny. I've a Triumph Speed Triple 1050 which is a little thirstier but has a bigger tank. When we are out together we both get around 150 miles from full to twitchy...
 

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I'm asking them to do a fair bit of work before I buy it (windshield etc) - including putting taller gears on it - That has helped my fuel economy on other bikes that I do a lot of freeway on - I'm also a fairly sedate/careful rider - which helps a lot as well - but we shall see.
And a 5L jerry will fit in the Panniers when I'm going out on a long ramble - so that's another half a tank.
 

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I thought I read on a different forum about someone modding a larger tank from an older Shadow and making it work but he said it was pretty expensive to get done. Just buying an OEM tank can be spendy and then having it done if you don't have the skill set would make it cost prohibitive for most people I'd think. My goal is to have two bikes, a Rebel 500 for commuting and day trips and then something bigger for longer hauls. I still kick myself for selling my '98 BMW R1100r.
 
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