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Old 07-04-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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The 13 Best Fuel-efficient Motorcycles Money Can Buy (as of 2013)
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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Take those numbers with a grain of salt (or handful). The Ninja 250's have always been rated highly, in 10 years of riding (and I ride like a granny most of the time) I was never capable of getting more than 50mpg. Mind you, I have no issues getting 54~56mpg out of my car, I'm aware of what it takes to see decent economy.

But, I'm also 6'4"... just a bit of a wind-break. Smaller people can get into the 50's.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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78 mpg from the V Star 1300?! I'd like to know what they consider cruising speed. And I'd like to see what it gets on average. A 1300 is going to use a decent amount of gas accelerating.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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I wish Honda would bring back a newer version of the MB5. It was a fun to ride 50cc motorcycle that would go 50 mph, and 100 mpg. I rode it to work for 3 yrs. Saved a ton of money on gas and repairs.


Honda MB5 50cc Red_2 - YouTube
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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For those considering a scooter . . include the $1,900 Lance PCH 125 in your research.

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:46 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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or... go vintage...
($800) '76 XT500 gets 70-90mpg

($400) '75 TL250 gets 100-120mpg (Has a 0.8 gal tank...)

And of COURSE my '76 'StealthRabbit' gets 50mpg (no OPEC required) and has a HEATER and wipers and radio.. for the 285 rainy days / yr I have to deal with in PNW,,,, Oh how I miss Colorado for Year round biking...
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I used to get about 60MPG on my 89 454LTD. Never measured my 750 LTD, I need to get her running again ...
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:30 AM
 
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Take those numbers with a grain of salt (or handful). The Ninja 250's have always been rated highly, in 10 years of riding (and I ride like a granny most of the time) I was never capable of getting more than 50mpg. Mind you, I have no issues getting 54~56mpg out of my car, I'm aware of what it takes to see decent economy.

But, I'm also 6'4"... just a bit of a wind-break. Smaller people can get into the 50's.
Really what have you done? I'm not a small guy but the highest I achieved was 72 mpg. I can get over 60 mpg easy.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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Donno... it's kinda my job to make motorcycle run well/efficiently since I'm a MC mechanic. I tend to ride within 5mph indicated of the posted speed limits, am very gentle on inputs (be that throttle, brakes or steering ~ for instance my car is closing in on 250k miles and has the original brakes and clutch) and just generally ride like someone out on a scenic Sunday ride. But even when I First bought a 250 and was still riding hard, it didn't make any real difference. I stopped worrying about it after running 2 of my 250's on a dyno (I'm a dyno certified operator) with EGA and finding that they were running as perfectly as you're going to get for a streetbike that has to deal with all sorts of temperature, humidity and elevation swings.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Donno... it's kinda my job to make motorcycle run well/efficiently since I'm a MC mechanic. I tend to ride within 5mph indicated of the posted speed limits, am very gentle on inputs (be that throttle, brakes or steering ~ for instance my car is closing in on 250k miles and has the original brakes and clutch) and just generally ride like someone out on a scenic Sunday ride. But even when I First bought a 250 and was still riding hard, it didn't make any real difference. I stopped worrying about it after running 2 of my 250's on a dyno (I'm a dyno certified operator) with EGA and finding that they were running as perfectly as you're going to get for a streetbike that has to deal with all sorts of temperature, humidity and elevation swings.
Is this a 250R 08+ or pre-07? My general average is low 60s.
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