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post #41 of 54 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 02:21 PM
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average of 48.5 mpg UK after 2800 miles
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post #42 of 54 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 02:28 PM
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Im still trying to figure out what to pay attention to as far as the instrument panel. When low on fuel it is supposed to tell me how far I can go. I was low on fuel the other night, flashing bar, but did not see distance to go.

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post #43 of 54 (permalink) Old 08-03-2016, 01:01 PM
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Real World Tank Range / MPG(UK) Scrutiny in first 7,500 Miles

I originally dismissed even considering the AT, when I saw the tank only held 18.5/19 Litres. However, I'm glad I got one as I love it and, as a sporty rider who's gentle on the throttle, I'm happy with averaging 55 MPG (UK), as this gives me a Range of 230 miles (370k). However, it's a big drop on my GSA (45MPG, whatever), when it comes to Autobahn / Pannier cruising at 85+ (95-100 on Speedo), when my AT will only return 40MPG (R. 170 miles):-

I've closely monitored my MPG (UK Gal) over my first 7,500K (miles). It includes 2k to NW Scotland and 4K to S. Tyrol/W. Alps/ Stella Alpina.

NB1; My riding is quicker than average (but not racing); I maintain speed rather than using the gas (i.e. fast corners/slow straights) and I barely accelerate from junctions (but let the bike get there in its own time).
NB2: I ran OEM Tyres (until TKC70s at 6k).
NB3 - I fill my tank to the brim.
NB4 - When my AT's Computer switches to Reserve, I've at least a UK Gallon (4.5L) left. [I've filled up 19.5 L (when still some fuel in the tank); When my AT's computer says Empty, there's still at least another L; I've covered 12-15 miles at 70MPH (with Panniers) after 'Empty'.]

Unlike my GSA, the AT fluctuates wildly, depending on ride/weight/speed:-
1. Average Easy (on throttle) riding on A/B Roads : 50-55MPG (Range: 210-230 Miles)
2. General easy/slowish riding at 55-ish on A/B Roads: 58MPG (Range: 250M/400K);
3. on very Slow/Gentle Riding [e.g. (a) 2/3rd Gear on Lochinver Loop - single lane tight/twist/hilly) and (b) 212 miles at 40ish + via Stelvio/Gavia) I got 212 miles on only 12.5 litres = 76MPG (R. 500km!);
4. M-Way speed of 70MPH(True) (with 30L pack on rear seat) will give you about 50MPG (R. 210).
5. Autobahn (with OEM Panniers) at 95ish(Ind)/85ish (True): 40MPG (R. 170)

In conclusion, your riding style will determine an MPG range between sub-40MPG and 70MPG+. If you ride at a slow/steady 30-50MPH you'll stretch to 65-75MPG; depending on how hard you ride on A/B roads, you'll average 45-65MPG. With panniers at Autobahn speeds you could drop below.

Does it have 'Adventure Bike' Range?
A. YES: On the basis of Ted Simon's recommended steady 55MPH, you'll get Honda's Claimed Max. of 250M/400K.
B. NO: If you're heavy on the throttle / race it, you'll only have a Range of 150-170 miles.

Hope that helps.

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post #44 of 54 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 11:23 AM
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Didn't think that fuel economy was really much of a concern for people in the market for this kind of bike.
Well, it does matter to those buying an adventure bike. Those going long distances in remote areas where fuel is only available every 350km. 5l / 100km means you can have a smaller fuel tank than a bike that does 8l /100km (KTM?). Less fuel to bring makes for a lighter bike. An engine designed to run on low octane fuel is also a huge asset as an adventure bike.

Great mileage makes this Africa Twin an even better adventure bike.

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post #45 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-25-2017, 07:33 AM
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Range is very important.

So far riding at legal speeds I'm getting 4.3L/100kms. Only 3000kms so far. That's 65mpg (imp)by my maths.
So 18L X 23+ =414kms approxximately. 271miles. This is a reasonable range given the performance, my DL650 did about the same KM/L but the tank held 21L so it had better range but nowhere near the performance.
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post #46 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 10:20 PM
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Range is really important - Unless you purchased the bike for commuting to work and back and going on Sunday rides:
I am very happy with my AT in 99.9% of departments. The one where it fails, is range. This is where I, for once, will agree with the Aussie guys. I think the bike needs around the 25 Ltr fuel capacity. Those extra few litres will cover most normal situations. Then, when you are on the 'out of norm' adventures you can carry some extra fuel. That would be parts of Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and the like.
At home, in South Africa, my bike is used for adventure riding. This is mostly dirt road and mountain pass riding with kit behind me. It is definitely not racing around, but it is impossible to maintain a steady throttle. You are forever using the throttle and gears. To reduced drag I pack a bag behind me and no side bags. Heavy stuff like tools and compressor on the rear seat and clothing behind that. The bag, weighed yesterday, is 19 KG's. With this setup and these conditions I struggle to get to 300 KM on a tank. On Thursday we leave for a trip that takes us around Lesotho. The trip will be great, I have done it many times, but the sad thing is that I had to re plan my trip around fuel stops AND carry fuel. The longest distance is only 250 km of really technical riding, and I am worried about having the range to do it! I should not even be writing this post. It should be a non issue!
I think Honda is going to have to re look at this bike to see where it fits into the market segment. If they decide that it must be in the 'Adventure' segment, they need to re look at a few things, including fuel capacity. It certainly has the potential to be a good adventure bike.

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post #47 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 12:26 AM
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Arrow Additional (rear) fuel tank


could be an alternative?
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post #48 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 06:04 AM
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I mainly do.......oh I forgot, I dont give a **** about my fuel consumption! (because I don't have to)
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post #49 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-24-2017, 05:56 AM
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I commute on a complete range of road types (A, B, Motorway, City), I ride it like I stole it and get 48.5 (UK) mpg... which is just fine with me (range about 210)
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post #50 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-24-2017, 01:28 PM
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Mixed 'steady' riding, sometimes with pillion; getting 55-58mpg (UK) and range of about 240miles. Fuel light comes on at about 195 miles, 0.7 gal (ind) left. That's fine by me.
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