I've had my M696 2011 for about 3 months, and have been really enjoying it.
I just wanted to know what sort of mileage people are getting per tank? Recently my fuel light has been coming on when my trip distance has been sometimes 170km (105miles) upwards.
I'm thinking there might be some factors:
- Initially I wasn't really revving out each much around town until I read a little bit on how you should ride Monsters from other riders. Now I try to sit on at least 4000rpm
- It has Termi exhausts but the CPU hasn't been mapped
This is primarily commuting to and from work where I don't normally go over 80kph - and fairly stop-start.
Anything I should be looking at in terms of something that would be causing this? Or am I just going to have to get used to this now that I upgraded from my old 250 learner bike
You're getting 170Km per tank before the reserve light, on a 800cc motorcycle, in stop-start traffic to boot and you think that there's something wrong with your bike ?
Mate, you're lucky that you even get to that number, usually, on 696's/796's, during city-riding, and especially during winter, you'd be lucky to get 135/140/150 Km on the odo before the reserve light comes on, 170Km with "stop-start" traffic...not only is it "good enough" but it's pretty fucking good.
Only way you'll see a consumption lower than that is to take it out of the city, with no traffic and to treat her normally - "normally" meaning not twisting that throttle to death/redlining it...
On the 796, with an average speed of 150/160+ Km/h i could reach 200 Km on the odo before the light came up, other times, when i was being more careful and playing by the road rules i could reach 215 Km on the odo before the reserve light came on, mind you, i've seen that number only 2-3 times in the 5+ years that i had the bike but...
Other things to take into account : A) fuel quality B) This isn't your 250cc learner bike
Too long didn't read version : considering you're commuting in stop 'n' go traffic, 170Km on the odometer before the reserve light comes on is preeety fooking good, no worries whatsoever.
Also : if you think that fuel consumption isn't good, let me tell you, never get the 1200, in stop 'n' go traffic, i've seen the fuel consumption climb to 2.0+ litre car territory (10lt/100Km)
@ PhilB : Not really - unless you live in 'Murrica and you only ride on a straight road at 70+/- Km/h at most.Tank is 13.5lt btw (ABS model).