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I just recently purchased the 650 Exec and took it on the Interstate for the first "long" trip. The round trip was approximately 320 miles. The tank was filled for the start of the trip and I would say around the 110 mile point the low level fuel light began flashing (the gas icon and the one remaining bar). My average speed was 80 mph. No choice but to fill up and continue. On the return trip same thing...another fillup. The computer was averaging betwee. 37-39 mpg. All in all with two gas stops I paid about just under $40 for fuel that day with current prices at $4.20/gallon. I was almost shocked how much fuel it consumed albeit perhaps my speed was higher than a usual crusing around town speed. Apart from the beautiful ride and comfortable as the ride was is this the BEST range this scoot has? Interestingly enough I began the journey with the POWER mode selected and after the first stop selected it off as I thought that was going through excess fuel. But it made no difference once it was back in D. I heard this bike would be just as (or more) comfortable than bigger cruisers out there if one decded to tour across the countrywith it. If I was to do that I would be stopping at least every hour or 110 mile mark to fillup....not fun. Any comments about the range or what I can do to improve this? Thanks.
 

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I use Drive 90% of the time, but when on a long run on a Hwy I will switch to manual and put it in the overdrive gear. I average about 48 to 50 mph. I very seldom use the power mode, except when I want to smoke a Harley. You will also get better mileage as the engine breaks in.
 

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Did you keep a record of your mileage and fuel used? That is the only true way to figure the mileage that you are getting. About the miles per gallon read out, it is (in my opinion) about 5 to 6 miles per gallon low. I have the 2011 650 and over 17900 miles I have averaged 53.2 miles to the gallon and I do not baby the scoot. On a trip one fill up at 150 to 160 miles should be enough for a 300 mile trip. You will have to admit that at a constant 80 MPH you will burn a lot of fuel in just about any vehicle.

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I'm assumimg you bought the bike new. Mileage will improve when you get it broken in with a few thousand miles on it. When you say you were running 80 if that was 80 indicated on the speedo then you were really on doing about 72. The speedos are optomistic by about 10%. If you were doing an actual 80 then mileage should be in the mid 40 's. Cold weather or running into a headwind will affect that though causing your mileage to drop.

As for running in power mode, that will affect your mileage as you speed up and slow down. What the power mode does in lower the gear ratio in the CVT to let you accelerate a little faster. It is like passing gear in a auto with a automatic transmission. It doesn't make the engine produce any more power. By the time you are up to 70 the CVT will be in it's hghest ratio even in power mode so milege will be much the same. However the transmission will down shift more in responce to hills or other road conditions so it will cause your mileage to be a little lower even cruising at steady speeds when using power mode.

Running at a true 70 in warm weather with no head wind I normally get 48 to 50 mpg.
 

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I have 35,000 miles on my 08 and the mileage was horrible when new, like 38 MPG. As time goes and the miles pack on it will go up some. I average about 47 to 49 depending on traffic speeds.Yesterday I rode it hard and at a steady 85 MPH I averaged 44 MPG. You can go more than 110 miles on a tank even when new. The first flashing bar means you have about 0.8 gallons (US) and when the bar and gas pump together flash you have about 0.4 gallons or about 20 miles before pushing starts. I can go to 180 miles before I start worrying. Once and only once I went to 208 miles as the gas station in between was closed, it took 3.94 gallons.
 

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On my 2011, I get the "low fuel" indication coming on normally around 102-117 miles, so the figures you give tie in neatly with that.

Having said that, I have never had to put in more than 2.9 gallons at a fuel stop (Normally around 2.75 gals). So with a 4 gallon tank, essentially what this means is that I'm getting a low level warning by the time I'm getting down towards 1/4 tank.

For commuting, this is not an issue. I just fill up on a convenient trip (longest I've gone so far between fill-ups is 126.8miles).

But on a journey, I'd be more inclined to push things. I agree with previous posters who say that the MPG gauge under-reads, so I'd take that as a rough guide, knowing it'll be a conservative estimate.
So if it showed 38.5 miles, I'd be happy knowing I'd get at least 154 miles from the tank (38.5 x 4), and so I'd wait until at least 145 miles before looking for fuel, and would probably still have about 1/2 gallon or so when filling.

For commuting, Fuelly shows my average consumption calculates out at 42.4mpg (169.6 miles range), and on the one highway trip I took it went to 47.6 mpg (190.4 miles range). This isn't too bad a range at all for a non-touring bike.

BTW, just for comparison, I have around 1400miles on mine. So I do expect this to improve as well.

I'm treating it as an indication issue, rather than a consumption issue. The warning just comes on too early, but with no "reserve", I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, but I'd rather get warned with 25 miles left than 50.

I hope this helps.
 

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Hello FatJock,

I've got 15,000 on my 2011 Burgy and the numbers posted are all spot on MPG and such. That light does turn on too early IMHO but I usually Calculate I got 60 miles or so when it lights up but I usually find a place and take a break and enjoy the cheep fill up. I am surprised if I ever put in more then 3Gal. I am still conservative driving wise and rather stop too much for the breaks then push myself into challenging the endurance.

Been really enjoying the Burgman and am sad she's in storage till the spring gets here.

Love, Bushido

"http://burgmanusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=57712" <-- my hello post.
 

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My mileage varies depending on the kind of riding I do. When I ride with a group my mileage is about 50 to 51, but when I ride by myself it drops down to about 47. I usually ride faster and also in city traffic when I get worse mileage.
As the speedometer is about 10% fast what impact would it make on the MPG? How far off is the odometer. Per my GPS I'm riding fewer miles so the true MPG should be worse.
 

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My mileage varies depending on the kind of riding I do. When I ride with a group my mileage is about 50 to 51, but when I ride by myself it drops down to about 47. I usually ride faster and also in city traffic when I get worse mileage.
As the speedometer is about 10% fast what impact would it make on the MPG? How far off is the odometer. Per my GPS I'm riding fewer miles so the true MPG should be worse.
Marv, before I darksided my 03 I would ride over the mountain to visit my dad. I had done this trip about 12 times total before he passed. The trip was 258 miles on the ODO and I was averaging 54 to 56 MPG. Then Then I put the taller car tire on and did the same trip, about 5 times. I would always go the same route. With the taller tire I would go 250 miles, 8 miles less than before the car tire. My mileage dropped down to 49 to 51, so in the exact same MPH/Miles ridden/Temperature/Gas octain.... I lost about 5 MPG BUT used the exact same amount of gas, about 9.8 gallons round trip. Stock the ODO is off about +3% to +4%, with the taller Car tire it was off about -2%, the other way so 5% to 6% difference. My Speedo was almost spot on after the Car tire.
 

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180 miles on a full tank of gas. I wouldn't push it much further or you might be pushing your Burgy.
Have you ever tried to push a 650? As they say in NEW yORK....fORGETABOUTIT.
 

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I've run out before at 164 miles on the trip odometer. I normally fill up at 150 miles. On a long interstate ride I have filled it at 179 miles (averaged 57.3 mpg). Overall since new I'm averaging 44.5 mpg with 18,842 miles on it.
 

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On my '12 650 around home I fill up at 150 miles and get high 40's mpg. Last fall on a 700 mile trip with two up plus luggage (400 lbs) I filled up at 175 miles and averaged 50 - 53 mpg running a mixture of interstate and twisties in West Virginia. Being I've never owned anything but a Burgman 650 I don't know how it compares with anything else but it is good enough for me.
 

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Just a quick idea for your gas millage, I have seen others here on this site and in person take a Givi top case a big one and had an extra 5 gallion gas tank installed inside of it, an had a fuel line ran into the Burgman gas tank so now your looking at about 8 gal. of gas and one long trip before stopping, if I come back across the pictures I'll post them a very nicely done job, but like I said unless you plane on doing a very long trip and don't want to stop I wouldn't go that route. but you can also buy an emergency gas bottle that will hold 1/2 gal of gas just in case. seem them on other sites just do a google search it might come up. seen picture of theam here as well. But like the other members have said a new bike needs to be broken in, Mine is a 2011 650 as well with only 2500 miles so far, but mine friend has a 2008 650 with 18,000 miles and his is a little better then mind just takes time, good luck and ride safe. Zack
 

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Just another quick update about an extra fuel tank, found web site that I believe is http://www.tourtank.com and here is a pic. Good luck again. any other helpful hints just ask away, you might also want to see about a better seat for long tours, I would look in to www.burgmanbrothers.com , Good Luck. Zack
For an emergency 1 1/2 liters of fuel, Primus makes a legal aluminum fuel bottle that is safe to store under the seat. It should be good to go for another 20 miles.It is about the size of a marine fire extinguisher. It was designed for camp stove fuel. It is sturdy and comes with a safety top. Look them up on Amazon.com It is good insurance for the dummy who runs out of gas on group rides. I dump it in my car tank every few months to keep it fresh. It's relatively cheap.
 

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Long term ( 50,000km ) my average is about 46 mpg over two 650s with a mix of hard twisties, easy back roads and some high speed highway.

Over 60 mph the mileage goes down and over 75 it gulps fuel - it's got a lot of front coverage to push through the air.

The bike will improve and get smoother over time and you will learn best acceleration pattern etc.

Enjoy - 45 years riding - best all around machine I've owned.
 

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I have a 2012 650.. and agree.. after a few thousand miles my MPG increased.. I also only use the power button around town (stop signs & lights) and twistys... I usually fill up around 140 to 150 with no issues..

One thing on a trip on the super slab.. put the transmission on overdrive.. or 6th gear... change to manual, after you are at speed, then switch the gear up from 5th to 6th.. mileage will improve a lot.. you have to remember to pop back into auto (hit the yellow buttton again) as you exit.. but for distances , that's when my mileage gets pretty good..
 

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Yeah - I'll switch that way when conditions warrant.
Got an amazing 56 mpg on a 4 hour midnight run from PA with a big tailwind
 

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This scooter has the best fuel economy around 50-55 mph where you will reach 50-55 mpg

At 35 mph and 70 mph it's the same: 40 mpg and worst
 
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