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MCN  says:

Do you care about your bike's fuel consumption figures?

Bikes are often seen as more environmentally friend than cars, due partly to better fuel consumption figures. But do you really care about fuel consumption figures when the sun is shining and everything is perfect on a sunny Sunday ride and does it effect your opinion when buying a new bike? pollcomment

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Apr 07

Posts: 1554

shuggie1 says:

Couldn't give a toss

anyway the bike uses more fuel on a decent run than my car, and that carries two people and luggage, plus keeps me dry and roof comes down when it's nice weather.


Bike is a toy for weekends, but then so's the TT really

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Aug 12

Posts: 16

stripple675 says:

yeah I do care about fuel I ride a Honda cbf 125 to work..I also ride a triumph street triple which seems to do abbot 50 mpg no matter how I ride it.I don't think I would be happy riding a bike that did less than 50 mpg

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Katana Paul


Mar 07

Posts: 59

Katana Paul says:

Forget manufacturers claims

Take a look on for the real numbers. I've tracked my VFR800VTEC over 12,000+ miles and it returns 38.7mpg. Thousands of vehicles all over the world provide data into their mileage returns which means you can look up make & model types and see what they do in the real world.

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Jul 07

Posts: 7


If I did care I'd buy a 125 or 250cc, I get around 110 miles to a 15ltr tank on a Kawasaki z1000 (2013)

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Jan 13

Posts: 13

YamAustin says:

Yes and No

coming from a wr125x to an fz6 there is a significant diference in mpg I get about 45-50 mpg on my commutes which I feel is really good. There are times when I am bothered but then I think of the amount of fun and performance I get from the bike and then it seems to counter balance. I dont like to think and complain about rising fuel prices because it will stick in the back of my mind. Im just glad im riding a bike that performs and in comparison to the average car is very good on fuel.

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Aug 04

Posts: 31

Chrisec87 says:



I'm also on a Z1000 (2010). I love the bike, get about 115 miles per 15litre tank. I hate that fact - only because it now costs £20 for a 2 hour ride compared to £10 in the recent past.

Otherwise, we bikers can't really complain. The initial cost of a bike which can do 0-60 in less that 3 seconds and has a top speed of 150+ is cheap enough (less than £10k) compared to the equivalent performing car. The MPG of an equivalent performing car is the same if not lower than our bikes, so I guess the pain is relative.

I'm gonna try enjoy the bike for what it is rather than playing the MPG game.


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Nov 12

Posts: 4

ChristoT says:

Of course

With petrol prices as high as they are, I think most people who ride on a daily basis keep a worried eye on the fuel level.

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Aug 11

Posts: 43

muddy686 says:

I use my bike for everything that does not need passengers or cargo carrying.  Commuting, club rides, bloodbiking, escort riding for events, fun, all ads up!

I think anyone who buys a bike for anything but a plaything has ro consider MPG.  When I bought my Versys, economy was one of the top things that sold it compared to the other bikes on the list.

Often these days economy does not compromise too badly on performance.

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Feb 10

Posts: 69

yzf07 says:

suck it up

i own an R1, am riding 2 the TT from London. I am only now starting 2 get interested in my bike's fuel consumption. Its the Goverment i blame 4 the piss take in fuel prices. 

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Nov 12

Posts: 3

I have just bought a nearly new Suzuki VStrom to replace my '99 Triumph Tiger,and fuel consumption was very much a consideration. I will be keeping the bike for several years (I had theTiger for eight years) and hope to take some long trips. For me,the choice was between a Tiger 800 and a VStrom and the Strom had a more comfortable seat, better wind protection, better tank range and better fuel consumption. Yes, the engine is marginally less powerful and characterful than theTiger, but the Strom makes up for it in other ways. 60mpg is a strong argument in its favour

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