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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 4-21-2019, 6:58 AM Thread Starter
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Milage/consumption?

Whats the normal consumption for this motorcycle at open road , ridding at 5-6k rpms?

Im asking whats your milage not in general.

I have this bike for 12years , now Im at 58.000kms. I usually had around 5l per 100km. (sorry for the metric system guys hope you will convert cuz I really don't understan gallons much

I done some cleaning of the carbs last year, sync by mechanic, some tweaking of the screws (still thinks they are bit rich), valves are probably near 9k kms since last check, but in manual service is at 11.000km as I remember.

Now I think my bike is maybe a bit more, around 5.2l per 100kms. normal speed, normal rpms as I said. Open road. Is that ok for 58.000kms engine?

Also I noticed that engine is consuming a bit more oil than before. Its never below min mark ofc, but I put maybe 2 dl of oil in 1000kms, is that ok? Maybe it is about oil brand. Now Im using Ipone 15w-50, semi synt. I always used 15-50 since day 1, and semi-synt. Best oil for me was Fusch Silkolene from France, but its almost double price.

I read on 250 forum , I think its on their wiki, that its normal for 250 to consumpt oil (when rev hard ) and it should be checked every full tank of gas. True?
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On the open road, I get between about 25.5 kilometers per litre to about 28.5 kilometers per litre.
If your burning a little oil, it's probably not a big deal. But keep a close eye on your level.
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My 2004 with 28,000 km does about 4-5 liters per 100 km on the open road. Depends on the road (mountains) and how much of a hurry I'm in. There is no appreciable oil consumption and I never have to add between changes. Metric works fine for Canadians.

(To work with gallons you first have to decide which gallon, imperial or US. Back in the day, I liked to brag about impressive mileage numbers to US friends until I admitted my calculations used imperial gallons which are 20-25% larger than US gallons.)
 
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I always used 5 l per 100km as a mark point when Im going for a longer ride. But maybe its a bit much now cuz I often ride it cold to work and back. Short trips.
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There is an average of around 10mpg (UK) difference between my commuting and a decent ride out. According to fuelly figures Im averaging 62.5 mpg (UK)
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I converted in US gallons and Im somewhere at 48mpg I guess.
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Sounds normal to me, and your conversion is close to my rough numbers off the top of my head, so one of us must be right.
Freeway cruising will get you about 20% better fuel economy than entirely in town riding, just fyi.

For oil consumption, it's normal for these engines to burn some. Just check it every few hundred or so. If the oil is going from the top of the sight glass to the bottom in 800kms or less, that's a bit much, a sign of worn piston rings.
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^ Not burning any oil here.
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For oil consumption, it's normal for these engines to burn some.
Not used a drop in 1200 miles since oil and filter change
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never really checked my fuel usage. get bike out look in tank if I can see the fuel there is enough in. if not put some more in. as for oil never needed to add any between oil changes. on a bike with 70k+ on it.


TBH I often smile when fuel consumption is discussed. here in the UK is all about MPG [imp] but fuel is sold in litres. not that anybody ever buys their fuel in litres. they go to the nearest pound [sterling] so never get the same amount of fuel as the price tends to fluctuate day to day.
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Not used a drop in 1200 miles since oil and filter change
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as for oil never needed to add any between oil changes. on a bike with 70k+ on it.
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That's all good and well, some people don't burn any oil. That doesn't mean is still isn't within normal parameters to burn a small amount of the stuff.

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Regular quality oil / filter changes and mechanically sympathetic owners are generally key to long term oil consumption. Buying used bikes even with alleged history gives no guarantee that things have actually been looked after. Its a lottery really.
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When buying used absolutely test ride if you can, and get it out on the highway and run it hard through all the gears. On a 2 stroke if removing the header and looking at the piston is possible do that too

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Ill use ELF 10-50 oil this year, Im not satisfied with Ipone at all.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 8-23-2019, 12:53 AM
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My mpg for a conservative commute ride is about 60mpg. That’s upshifting at 2500rpms, easy throttle, downshift at 1500rpms, coast with clutch pulled in up to a stop light if I can, and shutting the bike off at lights. The only way I could justify the bike for the wife was if the gas savings paid for insurance 😂. So far it has! Going on a fun ride in higher RPMS if I’m really getting on it, 50mpg is the worst I can do.

As for oil consumption, be sure to look at your crankcase breather hose that goes up to your air box. Common issue on the EX it can blow off an spew out some oil if you don’t keep your eye on it.
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and shutting the bike off at lights.
I dont think Iv ever done that on all the bikes Iv owned
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I would not recommend shutting the bike off at lights. What if someone comes in behind you way too fast to stop in time? What if the car in front puts it in reverse? What if... You just can’t move out of the way fast enough if the bike is not running. I think I will take a small hit on mpg and keep it running.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 8-27-2019, 4:02 PM
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Im intrigued to see what mpg figures I get if I do away with the "letting it warm up before moving" routine for a while. If anything Im taking longer than ever.
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