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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 03:21 PM
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average of 48.5 mpg UK after 2800 miles
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post #42 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 03:28 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 44 (permalink) Old 08-03-2016, 02:01 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 44 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Dex View Post
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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