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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Matt Strange » Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:37 pm

It would take a lot of riding a 2nd bike to see any kind of return in terms of mpg saved over a zzr600, not including maintenance, tax and insurance etc x2
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by James in Brum » Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:00 pm

Yes. Having two would be more about keeping one nice, not using in winter etc. I shall not have two, cannot really afford it :-)
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by bonio » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:59 pm

I doubt a 400 will do it for you. My DR-Z400 does 70 mpg or more (and 70 spm*) when you keep under nicely 60. But put it on a dual carriageway and make it keep up with the traffic and that plummets to about 45 mpg. And the fun drops off in the same proportion.


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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Beans » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:17 pm

Motorbikes are shockingly poor re. Fuel economy. There's no getting around it, the only environmental argument for motorcycling is that we take up less space on the road. I think it is a real shame. I'm convinced motorbikes can be fast, fun and fuel efficient
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:54 am

Beans wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:17 pm
Motorbikes are shockingly poor re. Fuel economy. There's no getting around it, the only environmental argument for motorcycling is that we take up less space on the road. I think it is a real shame. I'm convinced motorbikes can be fast, fun and fuel efficient
My 500 isn't great on fuel unless I ride like a grandad, which I tend not to as it needs to be ridden hard to be entertaining. The Bobber however can be ridden like a loon and still turns out towards 70mpg. Bigger bikes are often more economical in terms of fuel because they aren't working so hard.

The same is true of cars - I can get more mpg out of my 1.8 than our 1.0 car, especially when on the motorway. Round town the smaller one wins though. On rural A roads the 1.8 is phenomenol on fuel..
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Bianco2564 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:47 pm

My R1.
1000cc;150hp;45mpg average,50 mpg if ridden steady.170mph if you want.
My scooter.
600cc;50hp;50mpg average;55 mpg riden steady;112mph if you're brave.
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Stu » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:51 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:47 pm
My R1.
1000cc;150hp;45mpg average,50 mpg if ridden steady.170mph if you want.
My scooter.
600cc;50hp;50mpg average;55 mpg riden steady;112mph if you're brave.
Take your pick.
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Pie man » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:01 pm

I currently commute on an MT07. Great little bike, good MPG and enough grunt to get away from the lights, and good fun in the twistys. :D

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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by Beans » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:11 pm

My car does better than any of that, carrying 2 passengers and many kilos of bodywork.
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by James in Brum » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:35 pm

I think I may have my perfect bike then, when I get it back next week if I can mend it. My zzr will give me 50-60 and can be bloody fun if I want.
To have best of both worlds need two bikes. My 125 for 90mpg and my zzr for everything else :-)
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Re: Best balance of fuel efficiency and fun?

Post by DJP » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:22 am

I owned an MT07 for 12,000 miles and averaged 60mpg. Not bad considering that half of that was in London traffic and the other half was wringing it's neck in the twisties.

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