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    This is only a rough guide to some of the more fuel efficient motorcycles (not scooters) on the road today that get 50 MPG or more.



    * Lifan 200 Sport : 84

    * Yamaha TW200 : 75

    * Honda 125 Varadero : 74

    * Honda 200 Twinstar : 74

    * Honda XL185 : 74

    * Honda XL250S : 72

    * Kawasaki Ninja EX250R : 72

    * Yamaha Virago 250 : 71

    * Honda Nighthawk 250 : 70

    * Yamaha 125 Virago : 69

    * Hyosung GV250 : 68

    * Honda XL500 : 65

    * BMW F650GS : 63

    * Suzuki Intruder VL125 : 62

    * Yamaha XV535 Virago : 62

    * Buell Blast : 61

    * Honda CMX 250 : 60

    * Kawasaki Ninja 500R : 59

    * Yamaha YZF600R : 59

    * Yamaha XJ550 Seca : 58

    * Honda Shadow VLX : 57

    * Kawasaki KZ550 : 55

    * Suzuki LS650 Savage : 55

    * Suzuki GS425 : 54

    * Suzuki S50 Boulevard : 54

    * Suzuki V-Strom DL650 : 54

    * Honda Shadow Aero : 53

    * Suzuki Marauder 250 : 53

    * Honda CB350 : 52

    * Honda CX500 : 52

    * Yamaha XJ900 Seca : 52

    * Yamaha XS650 : 52

    * Kawasaki GPX250 : 51

    * Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic : 51

    * Suzuki C90 Boulevard : 51

    * Suzuki GS500 : 51

    * BMW R850R : 50

    * Honda CB400T Hawk : 50

    * Honda CX500C : 50

    * Honda V30 Magna : 50

    * Kawasaki 125 Eliminator : 50

    * Kawasaki 454 LTD : 50

    * Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan : 50

    * Kawasaki KLR650 : 50

    * Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 : 50

    * Suzuki C50 Boulevard : 50

    * Suzuki Katana GSX 750 : 50

    * Suzuki S83 Boulevard : 50

    * Yamaha FJ600 : 50

    * Yamaha FZ6 : 50



    There seem to be some significant surprises in this list and not much should be made of them as the figures are anything but precise. However, we can look at the good showing put forth by the BMW F650GS, Buell Blast, Honda Shadow VLX, Suzuki LS650 Savage, and Suzuki V-Strom DL650 as indicators that there is some great mileage to be wrung out of the mid-range motorcycles. The Honda Shadow Aero as well as the Suzuki C90 Boulevard, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, BMW R850R and the super heavyweight Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 are the standouts in the big bike categories. You can only shake your head at why the Kawasaki 125 Eliminator gets the same mileage as its 1500 cc bigger brother! You know which one I'd rather ride!



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    No surprises. The mid and big displacement bikes that have good efficiency are slow-turning, relatively short stroke, and EFI, tuned for torque, not horsepower. However, the big impediment to efficiency for motorcycles is wind resistance--motorcycles are about as aerodynamic as a broken brick. Aerodynamics is why a TW200 at 40mph returns about 100mpg, but the same bike at 60mph returns 60mpg. That is why a 250 engine in a dualsport motorcycle application can be tweeked to run about 100mph, and the same engine in a superkart will run 160mph. It pretty much takes 600cc to push a motorcycle to 160mph, and 1200+cc to push one to 200mph.




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    That is amazing!! I can ride my TW all day around the city for $2! my Honda Element burps that.

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    where's the rebel 250? I got an average of 85 peaking at 95 and never below 80 and that's running 55-65 mph all the time and WOT for all highways to get up to speed..If I rode it easy it should yield what 120 easily?
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    No surprises. The mid and big displacement bikes that have good efficiency are slow-turning, relatively short stroke, and EFI, tuned for torque, not horsepower. However, the big impediment to efficiency for motorcycles is wind resistance--motorcycles are about as aerodynamic as a broken brick. Aerodynamics is why a TW200 at 40mph returns about 100mpg, but the same bike at 60mph returns 60mpg. That is why a 250 engine in a dualsport motorcycle application can be tweeked to run about 100mph, and the same engine in a superkart will run 160mph. It pretty much takes 600cc to push a motorcycle to 160mph, and 1200+cc to push one to 200mph.




    I agree. I find the vulcan 1500 getting 50 especially impressive, but that thing runs 60 mph in top gear at like... 2100 or something according to the gearing commander. that's really really sssssllllloooooowwwww for a bike.
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    2007 CB919 - 70k Miles and still runs like new!

    * 2001 TW200 (Sold after 15k miles of fun)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sol View Post
    I agree. I find the vulcan 1500 getting 50 especially impressive, but that thing runs 60 mph in top gear at like... 2100 or something according to the gearing commander. that's really really sssssllllloooooowwwww for a bike.


    I have a Vulcan 1500 Mean streak, it does get about 52mpg. On the highway it is barely over 2000rpm at 60, a slight contrast to the TW.







    Cycle world has done a few "MPG shootouts". The TW recorded 79.2mpg on their test loop, but it wasnt the winner.

    Click below for the article.



    http://www.cycleworld.com/2008/05/13...rs-first-look/
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    2003 TW200

    2002 Mean Streak

    2002 Speed Four

    2006 FZ6

    1999 Jog

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    I'm surprised to not see the Honda CBR125 on that list. I work weekends with a rider's training school here where I live, and we have a 2007 CBR125 amongst our fleet of training bikes. Rough estimation on mileage for that thing is around 80mpg. The amazing thing about that figure is that 80% of the riding that gets done on that bike is 1st and 2nd gear in the parking lot, hard acceleration and braking. I wouldn't be surprised to see it break 90mpg as a rural commuter.



    Edit: My bad... after a quick bit of Google-fu, I see that the CBR125 was only in Canada, not the US. Looks like you guys are in the CBR250, though!

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    How about a car Nissan Leaf gets 102 mpg

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    We try to avoid cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    We try to avoid cars.
    Literally...
    '13 690 Enduro R too many frickin farkles...
    '07 KLX250 farkled (wife's bike)
    '86 BW80 farkled to size
    '10 TW200 you will be missed

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