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The tank on my '09 650 is supposed to hold 4.0 U.S. gallons. Has anyone ran theirs dry, then added a full 4 gallons?

I recently found myself in a remote section of S. Carolina on a quiet Sunday morning, showing 185 miles since my last fill up, when I finally found a station that was open. I was starting to sweat a bit. I'd been getting 53 mpg, and was just hoping it actually held four gallons, and would use every drop in the tank, giving me a bit over 200 miles range.
 

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I've never ran mine totally dry but I did put 3.93 gallons in it once. I was sweating making the station on that one.
 

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+1. I've come very, very close on both bikes. The 400 has a 3.2 gallon tank, got over 200 miles on a tank and filled with 3.18. That's about as close as I want to get to draining the tank.
 

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Jim how much did you put in and what was the mileage when you finally found a station ?
 

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To be honest, most of my riding is commuting, and I rarely put more than 3Gal in at a time.
Using fuelly for all my fill-ups, I average around 44mpg (43.8 on one 650, 44.1 on the other, but it has fewer fill-ups recorded).
I normally top-up around the 127-135 mile mark, and normally around 2.8- 3 gal.
My best tanks have been in the mid 50's, and on a longer open road run, I'm sure I could achieve that again.

By my calculation, I'm good to 170miles in urban & hwy commuting, and 200 on a run.
Put have no desire to totally push it.
On the 400, I wouldn't want to go over 160miles...but I'm also putting less in.
 

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On my 2013 400, I usually fill up around the 160 mile range and have acheived the "Holy Grail" 200 mile clip once:)

I have averaged 59.2 MPG over the 24 fill ups. I have hit 65 MPG on a longer run though.
 

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On a long run to visit with my father, I got to my planned fuel stop and they were closed. Back to the last fuel was 35 miles and forward was 30. I was at 178 miles on the ODO. I made it and the ODO was at 208 miles and I pumped in 3.98 Gals.
 

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Usually the stated tank capacity includes a necessary air space for expansion. I normally anywhere from say 3.3 gal to 3.8 gal but keep in mind that includes the filler neck (which may hold a pint or more) because I fill it up to the little tube inside all the time.

Nothing against the 400 guys but when someone asks about a 650 specific question why do they post an answer to the question relating to the 400? Just wondering. :scratch:
 

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Thanks for the info; it sounds like the 650 will hold a full 4 gallons. Model28, I don't remember how much I pumped in at 185 miles, but I knew I would soon be sitting on the side of a lonely road.
 

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+1. I've come very, very close on both bikes. The 400 has a 3.2 gallon tank, got over 200 miles on a tank and filled with 3.18. That's about as close as I want to get to draining the tank.
Liamjs - You were sweating for nothing...3.7 gal US capacity for '07+:laughing7:

200 miles is a cinch if averaging 60 mpg for the tank.
 

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Seems you are correct. 3.6 US gal with reserve. Didn't even know it had reserve.

See this is why we share information freely... Even though slightly off topic, I learned something. Maybe someone else did too. Knowledge should be discussed and passed along with abandon. You never know what some one else doesn't.
 

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Nothing against the 400 guys but when someone asks about a 650 specific question why do they post an answer to the question relating to the 400? Just wondering. :scratch:
I think it's because they enter the topic through the "Active Topics" listing, where it doesn't show the sub-furum label any more.

I miss that function, because I have no interest in 400-specific topics.
 

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I think it's because they enter the topic through the "Active Topics" listing, where it doesn't show the sub-furum label any more.

I miss that function, because I have no interest in 400-specific topics.
That's what I figured but when you go to the post doesn't one read it before replying? :D
 

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my last one day, 675 mile ride, on my 650 burgman I averaged 48mph. My friend, on his 1200 Harley sporster averaged the same 48mph. The difference was that I used regular gas and he had to use high test gas. We were on the interstate 98% of the time doing 70 to 80 mph.
Respectfully, david miller
 

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I keep a bit of spare fuel under the seat with one of those bottles like QuantumRift posted. Tho the brand is Primus not MSR, bets its the same exact bottle :)
The one I got holds 1.5 liter


I took it down to almost empty and it drank 14.6 liters once, never dry tho.

supposedly a 15 liter tank. I did not pay attention to my KM on the tank, as it was mostly city driving it may not be applicable anyhow.
 

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One day at band camp on my 400 I got............................Sorry to piss off the "other" riders:bootyshake:
 

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A strong tail wind sure helps mileage. On my ride this weekend I had a 20 mph tail in the morning. I went 201 miles before filling up and put in 3.76 gallons. That 53.46 mpg. About 3/4 of that was with the wind to my back and 1/4 angling back into it.

Then I turned riding directly back into that wind. Mileage was not nearly as good. I have not filled back up but according to the mpg meter I a got around 47 mpg. The meter says 44 but my meter reads 3 mpg low.
 

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From all of these posts, it sounds like the 650 does indeed hold 4 gallons (US), but more importantly, the gas outlet is located properly, so that the tank can be run pretty much dry.

I did a group ride Saturday of 373 miles on rolling two lane roads. I averaged 53 mpg.
 

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Mileage for a 650

I've been told the odometer is off a bit on the high side as far as how many MPG you get. I always checked my mileage by dividing the odometer reading from the"A" trip odometer by how much gas I can put in the tank. The most accurate method would be by using the GPS. I now wounder what the average MPG would truly be.
 
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