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200 MILES PER TANK - Burg 400

I finally was able to ride 200 miles on a tank today. Usually I am maxing out at 175 or so. I had to have a nice long ride to where my mom lives to increase the MPG (about 250 miles round trip).

Is it common for anyone to top the 200 mile "milestone" on the 400? Or have you made modifications to your bikes to increase your mileage?
 

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Have got 200 miles a few times and just over 240 once then it stopped,
and when it does it is quick one hiccup if you are lucky and that's it, starts
back up instantly when you refill though.
Not recommended to run them out often as the fuel pump is cooled and lubed by the fuel.
 

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I usually fill earlier but, if the bike shows it is getting at least 60mpg, 3.5 gals (tank is rated 3.7 gals) will get it to 210 miles. I've gone over 200 several times, though.
 

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I usually start looking for a station around 180. I like to have a reserve. However on a trip this year I was forced to stretch it whilst heading to Tell-City.
Milage US Gal MPG Station Date
201.4 2.989 67.38
Phillips 66 7/28/2013
 

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When I owned my 2003 400 I always averaged 65 to 70 MPG. I'm only getting about 45 t0 50 MPG on my 2007 650. So 200 miles on a 400 is a certainty if you really want to stretch it, and there are plenty of gas stations on your route. I would run out of gas if I tried it on my 650.
 

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I was comfortable going 200 miles on my 08 400 but 200 miles on my 650 would probably is possible but I don't risk it. The low fuel light comes on at 160 miles on my motorcycle.

That being said, range on a tank of gas is not a problem for me because I go by the policy of "Never pass up an opportunity to pee or refuel". I never ride 200 miles without taking a break to go to the bathroom or get something to drink (whether I'm thirsty or not). If I stop to go to the bathroom, I buy gas. When I stop to buy gas I go to the bathroom (whether I feel the need or not). I also make myself drink something when I stop whether I feel thirsty or not. You get dehydrated riding a bike and don't realize it.
 

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That 57 mpg, exactly, right? I don't get that many mpg, and if I did, it'd be cutting it way to close. I do carry two, 32 oz MSR fuel bottles with though, one one each side of the hump in the trunk, that should be good for another 25+ miles if I do run out.
 

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I went 208 once and only once on my 03 650. :rolleyes: At that fill up it took 3.92 gal's on a 4 gal tank. In less than 4 more miles I would have been pushing. I have gone 195 a few times on my 08 650. Then it takes 3.6 gal's so roughly 20 more miles till pushing.
 

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Have a 2007 400 and fill up each time between 210 and 220. Last fill up was 212 miles at 3.15 gallons equals 67.30 mpg. Adjusted at 2 1/2 percent for the odometer with my car tire, I am getting 65.6 actual mpg
 

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I've been over 200 miles on one tank with both my 06 400 and my 07 650. If I keep the speed to 65 or below it is fairly easy to do on the 400 but it is stretching the 650 to it's limit. I prefer to fill up at around 160 to 170 miles both for my own piece of mind and to keep stress on the fuel pump down. When I did stretch it to over 200 it was done by necessity and not choice.
 

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I have hit 200+ miles per tank on my 04 std 650 a few times, especially on those easy back road trips where the speeds are super steady with very little stop and go situations.

I always carry a 2 gallons gas can just in case when I venture out on those less traveled roads.
 

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What adjustments to the 400 are you guys making to improve the MPG?

Anything subtle? Or are mods for MPG more substantial?
 

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What adjustments to the 400 are you guys making to improve the MPG?

Anything subtle? Or are mods for MPG more substantial?
I find putting a carpal tunnel wrist brace on my right wrist helps to limit my enthusiasm.

I generally try to fill up between 200 and 220 miles. Most I've been able to put in so far is 3.28 gals. I do keep an eye on the mpg read outbut it's generally between 62-64 (calculated is always right around 65 in the summer).

Getting a good Burgman Burp could also make a difference.

I tend to monitor fuel usage constantly (there's not a whole lot else to do on my commute). I'm looking to be around 60 miles when the pointer hits the 'FULL' mark on the gauge. The rest of my marks are 3/4 = 80-85, 1/2=105-115, 1/4-150+. If I'm seeing these readings, then I know I'm good for 230 before I'm pushing so 220 doesn't seem too radical.
 

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For best MPG tame the right wrist, and aim to arrive at any stop
with minimum braking, drive well ahead, back off early, not only
will you make fast smooth progress but your partner will appreciate
the flowers you can now afford to buy her, or beer if it's a him.
 

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I've done 198 once before I put on the Givi - haven't even tried since and most likely won't. I'm only getting 56 +/- a couple now.
Now on my ST1100 I can go over 300 miles before filling up - highway driving of course. Of course my rear needs a break before then.
 

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3 times on my '05 400.
Twice intentionally and once by mistake.
I never like to completely empty the tank on any of my vehicles if I can avoid it. ;)
 
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