So, having had the MT-10 for a month and 3,000 miles, I noticed I was getting higher than most of the reported AND advertised MPG. Almost 40 MPG actually. I don't go out of my way to drive efficiently, hovering those power wheelies a few inches gets addictive... I ride about 50/50 city and country roads, never highway (boring) but I also don't pin it every chance I get, which is a shame really, this is a hell of a fun ride, but I do need my driver's license to go to work...
Anyhow, today, I did a little test. Instead of riding like I am used to, in the highest gear that will keep the RPM between 3k and 4k, I made it my goal to keep the RPM around 5.5k to 6.5k, which means I didn't even touch 5th or 6th gear at all...
Well well, wouldn't you know, MPG went way, WAY down. To almost 25!
Now maybe I am doing it wrong, but the bike runs great at anything above 3k RPM, a few quick blips and downshifts wakes it up nicely when I need to pass someone, but maybe I am doing the MT-10 wrong?
Post by RedAndBlack on Sept 5, 2021 18:47:00 GMT -7
Due to the riding I do which is often canyon carving and track riding I'm usually near the max horsepower of every gear so I'll usually be between 6-10.5k most of the time. Of course I get shit gas mileage, my light usually comes on around 90 miles.
3-4k is too low. You're extremely low in the powerband. I wouldn't be going that low unless I was commuting or just cruising. Canyon carving you would almost certainly crash at those low RPMs if you tried to be agresive. You pretty much have no engine braking at that low RPM, you're below the powerband, and the bike is less stable and more likely to bog down if you need to cut the throttle and turn the bike. Even on a regular street ride, if you were down at 3k and you had to take evasive action against a car coming into your right of way, you'd bog the bike down when you cut the throttle and it wouldn't turn.
For riding that's not quite canyon carving but not just cruising, I would ride in the middle of the powerband, probably between 4-8k. The bike will be most responsive in this powerband while not completely murdering your fuel mileage.
Basically more RPMs is more fuel consumption. Pretty simple. If you got this bike for fuel efficiency, 😬😬😬
Definitely did not get the bike for fuel efficiency. I wanted a commuter I could have fun on. This fits the bill 100% better than the FJR1300 that was on "fun" duty. I just thought my mileage is actually better than I expected, so maybe I am doing something wrong...
I rode about 2000 miles 2 weeks ago. Southern Massachusetts to Tazwell Virginia to The Back of the Dragon. 21 tanks of gas. I figure i get less than 30 mpg all the time. These are not built for economy.
Normal riding = ~34mpg Spirited riding = ~30mpg Hypermiling = ~42mpg, keeping revs down, keeping acceleration to a minimum Track riding = LOLOLOLOLOL fuggetaboudit
Very good summary. I mostly hypermill with some sporadic red light runs with souped up civics. Fun Fact; while racing black convertible corvettes with red interior, if you hit a slight dip in the road in 4th gear at 100+ the front will wheelie... *scary*
I also learned today that Woolich Racing has not cracked the 2021 ECU yet... so I can't get a tune yet to go along with the decat... Bummer.
I've got a Hindle 3/4 with an ECU flash from 2WDW as wella s a BMC filter and I'm averaging a hair under 30MPG for my riding which is 95% commuting. I'm sure that's a little lower than actual as I was out for a ride with the Mrs yesterday and noticed that at 60MPH indicated my GPS speed according to Google maps was only 55MPH. Gotta get a speedo healer ASAP I guess. Front tire is also almost to the wear bars at only 4500 miles so there's that.
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