Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
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what the hell am I doing different? Ok, let's try to eliminate some things. I use normally 93 octane, higher if it's there, but always premium. The idle is about 1200-1500rpm. I weigh 150 pounds and generally crouch down, so it's not air resistance. I switch gears usually in the 5k-8k range, but often in the 9-11k range. But normal riding, 5-8k. I top it off when on the sidestand and don't let the gas into the neck, and usually refill whenever it starts sputtering and I switch to reserve, when there's a station around. I live in florida which means I have no hills to go down and not use the throttle on. When I start it in the morning I let it idle for about 30sec to a minute and ride on a normal-weather day (not cold, no choke). Occaisionally when it's hot after I've been riding and the bike sits for 30mins or an hour or so I'll have to throttle a little bit to start her up and it smells a little rich (took to Kawi dealer today in fact, they said that it is most likely normal. They even called Kawi's dealer mechanical support regarding it, they said not to worry about it that it's probably fuel vapors in the carb or something). But I don't throttle much, and anyways carbs wouldn't pump more fuel in with a throttle twist.
I measure mpg from how much it takes to fill fuel to the level I try to always fill it to, and divide the odometer reading by the gallons (miles/gallons, obviously). So what could I possibly be doing so that my best mpg ever is less than the averages you guys are seeing?
The dealer, take it as you will, says this bike should get in the mid 30's.
So what is different between our two bikes?