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For the few of you in the US who have their Scramblers, what kind of mileage are you seeing? I just went through my first tank and it wasn't nearly as good as what I'm seeing on some other threads and forums. My fuel light went on at just over 100 miles and I measured only 36 mpg. Almost all city riding in LA traffic.

Granted, I know most of the other's are using Kilometers and/or imperial gallons instead of US gallons but even after doing the math mine seemed low. I don't believe there's a fuel leak or anything that would account for such low numbers.

What are you getting, fellow US riders?

Also, I'm obviously still breaking it in so all of this riding has been under 6k RPMs. Very conservative.
 

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It's probably also breaking in so the piston rings are seating and forming a good seal and all that business. I think people are reporting about 55mpg with these bikes though.
 

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I don't have it yet, but with past bikes I ALWAYS experienced *hitty ass mileage for the first few tank fulls. It seems all bikes need that break in period. WIth my triumph tiger I believe I got 25 per US gal. then later it went up to 36 to 38. Don't worry.
 

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Just ignore this if you only want American opinions but I have to disagree about the running in using more fuel. I reckon your high consumption has more to do with commuting in LA traffic than anything else. Since I picked up my bike I haven't got less than 200km (120 miles roughly) to the light coming on. None of that has been in heavy traffic.
 

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Mine just came on this morning @ 94 miles, which I felt was a little soon. In the 94 miles I've ridden, I've found that there's no going slow on this bike. It seems like the bike just wants to inject a lot of fuel in first gear, witch makes it really twitchy and a little difficult to control when below 10mph. Hopefully, the rumors are correct and a reflash is in the works.
 

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I'm not sure if the speedometer/odometer accuracy varies in different world markets. You could use a GPS to verify that you're actually traveling X miles on a tank to see how accurate your odometer is compared to a GPS. I'm sure out fuel quality over here varies against the world market though.


RON Reaserch Octane Number. (Used in Europe and elswhere in gas stations)
MON Motor Octane Number.
AKI Anti-Knock Index. This is the number that is posted on the gas station in the USA as "Octane". It is derived as (RON + MON)/2
91 octane fuel in the USA is equivalent to 95 RON stuff in Europe. In Europe they also have 98 RON which is equivalent to 93 octane fuel in the USA which is basically non-existent where I live.
 

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Just ignore this if you only want American opinions but I have to disagree about the running in using more fuel. I reckon your high consumption has more to do with commuting in LA traffic than anything else. Since I picked up my bike I haven't got less than 200km (120 miles roughly) to the light coming on. None of that has been in heavy traffic.
Hmm, yeah I'm sure that has some to due with it, too. Although, my last bike didn't seem to vary much in traffic as compared to canyons or backroads. Highway was a little better, but not 10-12 mpg worth. What's the mileage that you're getting now?
 

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Mine just came on this morning @ 94 miles, which I felt was a little soon. In the 94 miles I've ridden, I've found that there's no going slow on this bike. It seems like the bike just wants to inject a lot of fuel in first gear, witch makes it really twitchy and a little difficult to control when below 10mph. Hopefully, the rumors are correct and a reflash is in the works.
Yeah that's true, I wonder if it does use a significant amount of gas when starting from a standstill. That would mean that traffic would definitely affect my mileage quite a bit.
 

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I'm not sure if the speedometer/odometer accuracy varies in different world markets. You could use a GPS to verify that you're actually traveling X miles on a tank to see how accurate your odometer is compared to a GPS. I'm sure out fuel quality over here varies against the world market though.




91 octane fuel in the USA is equivalent to 95 RON stuff in Europe. In Europe they also have 98 RON which is equivalent to 93 octane fuel in the USA which is basically non-existent where I live.
Yeah that's true, I've never seen anything higher than 91 out here either. And that's not a bad idea to test out odometer accuracy just for curiosity's sake.
 

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Just filled up at 125.5 miles. It took about 3.25 gallons, giving me about 38mpg. This is on par with some of the other member's numbers, which makes me feel better.
 

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I'm almost embarrassed to report that I've been getting 45+ mpg (US gallons) since getting the bike. Almost always 2 up. Mostly highway miles but that includes running from 65-80 mph on a regular basis. 80 mph = 5800 rpm or so. I have just over 800 miles on the bike. I also always run 93 octane fuel. My low fuel light comes on at 125-130 miles.
 

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I'm almost embarrassed to report that I've been getting 45+ mpg (US gallons) since getting the bike. Almost always 2 up. Mostly highway miles but that includes running from 65-80 mph on a regular basis. 80 mph = 5800 rpm or so. I have just over 800 miles on the bike. I also always run 93 octane fuel. My low fuel light comes on at 125-130 miles.

Yeah that's much better than what I'm getting. I've even seen other people mention 55 mpg. I would be happy with 45 but 36 is not okay. Hope to see that number going up like a few other people said. And I wonder how much that 93 octane fuel vs the 91 would affect mileage. From what I've read, not much.
 

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I have always been getting at least 110 - 120 miles before the warning light comes on, 91 octane,mixed riding - slab, town, back roads. Just about to hit 600 miles, so all rpms have been under 6000. Yep, 80 mph about 5800 rpm.

The last fill-up was at 125-130 miles and the light had not come on. Since the M796 had me trained for 100 mile fill-ups, it made me happy but a bit nervous. Pretty thirsty tank. Unfortunately I didn't make a mental note of how many gallons.

Since I have been trying to follow the break in procedure and keep the rpm below 6000, I've been fairly light on the throttle at the stop lights to keep from going shift-shift-shift.
 
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