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I never wait that long, always fill up at 180-195 miles. But its been getting right about 56 mpg, so it should go about 224 miles on the 4 gal. tank.

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I've always played it safe and filled up at about 160. You can get more, but depending upon how hard you're on the throttle, you might get a surprise...
 

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I only get around 100 miles per tank, but I do have something needing repair in the fuel tank too.
 

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bobthebiker said:
I only get around 100 miles per tank, but I do have something needing repair in the fuel tank too.



yeah.... a hole.

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Yeah, i get about 150 till i hit reserve, but theres something wrong with my bike, couz i get these spots between 4-6 k rpms where if i would hold a steady rpms and want to jsut cruize it would have little hickups or something like that it wouldnt go smooth it would stumble i guess... i cleaned the carbs recently and changed the oil but my dealer didnt have the air filter so i'm getting that soon to see if it helps.
 
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audreez, you have to adjust the pilot screws to fix your "hiccups"

they are underneath the carbs, covered by little plugs. drill out the plugs and tighten the screws(counting the rotations) clockwise until they gently seat (do not overtighten) then, unscrew them to 2.5 turns out, that should work, but you can always play with the position of the screws until it feels right

remember to go real slow with the drill, dont damage the screw underneath


 

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Well Audreez.
Opening your pilots screws is a good Idea,But it's not your problem. Your stumbling at steady throttle is the result of flooding or too much fuel overfilling the float bowls. The usal cause of this is debries in the fuel line preventing the float valves from shutting completly. This is also the cause of your poor milage.

You mentioned you cleaned the carbs. I take from that, that you can remove them. Good then take the carbs off and back flush the line back to the tank. (do this over a sheet of white paper to see what comes out.
Then check the float levels to bee 17mm above the split line when the float is just resting on the spring.

Finally install an inline filter in the fuel line.

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Fog im glad you made it here! Anyway, i usually hit 200 miles and switch her over, one time i did go 215 miles before turning it over....havent run out yet.

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Yeah, 200 miles and then 3.5 gallons, but I don't push it to reserve. Figure I can go 250 and still have about .8 gallons if the 4.8 gallon capacity is accurate.

Normally get between 58-60 mpg, got 66 once.
 

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thanks for ideas guys, so i've got another question - should i replace my OEM air filter anyways because its kind of dirty or just wash it/ replenish it somehow? i will definatelly put an inline fuel filter (what kind do i need? since i didnt see one in there currently) and clean the lines then adjust the pilot screws ( i've worked on some russian regular + war bikes before i'm originally from lithuania used to be USSR) when i was cleaning the carbs i was looking for those screws but i couldnt find them and it says non-djustable in manual which was kind of weird. any other ideas would be appreciated
 
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i believe the manual says you just wash the filter with some kind of solvent, probably something like kerosene and then reoil it with regular motor oil
 

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Over ~ 2000 miles the past year I have gotten around 58-59 miles per gallon. I have a 2003 Ninja, and do not push it hard...usually in the 3-5000 range on RPMs. So at around 200 miles it's time to switch to reserve until I can gas up. Lee
 

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Something is way off...
I went down 8 teeth in the rear lowering my RPM's while on the highway --
and the last 2 tanks I hit 206 and 198 then the reserve .... I was expecting 240 plus
And I was watching how I drive ..... MAN O MAN something is way off....
I thought the ex500 was good for 60 MPG...?????

Somebody help me understand..... :'(
 

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It is... You're probably stressing the engine too much in that you're dumping fuel into the cylinders to get it to cruise.  RPMs aren't everything when it comes to MPG...  do a -1 up front and you'll see your MPG come back.
 

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I usually fill up around 150-180 miles or so, but I've been getting about 55 mpg.... a little less now, since I've been pushing it harder now that its broken in. ;D
 

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FOG said:
Well Audreez.
Opening your pilots screws is a good Idea,But it's not your problem. Your stumbling at steady throttle is the result of flooding or too much fuel overfilling the float bowls. The usal cause of this is debries in the fuel line preventing the float valves from shutting completly. This is also the cause of your poor milage.

You mentioned you cleaned the carbs. I take from that, that you can remove them. Good then take the carbs off and back flush the line back to the tank. (do this over a sheet of white paper to see what comes out.
Then check the float levels to bee 17mm above the split line when the float is just resting on the spring.

Finally install an inline filter in the fuel line.

FOG
I have a problem with the bike leaking fuel after shut off, and with it covering my leg with gas under hard hard breaking, would this be the same issue?
 

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Yep, at least the float part.

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