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Offline Ian in Great Brak River

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New AT - Tank Range
« on: June 16, 2016, 05:00:28 am »
Now that we have quite a few new Africa Twins putting on mileage, it will be interesting to hear what the best and worst range per tank is, up to and then also including reserve.

On our Namibia trips we try to stay below 350km per day so will I be needing the fuel bladder ... ?

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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 08:09:21 pm »
Ian, with my bike on 4700 km now, and having done a tar trip from Great Brak to Bloem and from there to Kloof, my average on a tank is 360km. The first day, had heavy winds from 07:00 till 17:00. Average speed was a wobly(cause of the wind and not wanting to leave the missus in the bakkie too far behind) 115km/h for the 859 km stretch.
From Bloem to Kloof(620km) I averaged 120km/h.Less wind, slightly higher speed, still gave me 360 on a tank.
I must mention that I also had n set of soft luggage, weighing about 22 kg on the bike. The bags definetaly had a strong wind resistance effect.


PS: I noted, 1 up, very little wind, at 120km/h, I reckon I could easily do 380 on a tank.Little or no luggage.
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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 08:42:47 pm »
I am getting 320km max on a tank and that's with the range count down going down to 10km
At around 270-280km the reserve comes on
During the first 1000km's I was doing a bit better and reckon I could stretch my range out to 350-370km not sure about the Honda range of 400km on the tank - I was riding very conservatively and there was no chance I would have reached that far .
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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 08:50:59 pm »
Interesting to see. I got that with my 800GS and it's 16/17lt tank. Get 340km on 14/15lt with my X-Challenge
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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 09:10:43 pm »
Interesting to see. I got that with my 800GS and it's 16/17lt tank. Get 340km on 14/15lt with my X-Challenge

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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 09:12:22 pm »
Thank you guys, that is very interesting figures indeed and just what I had hoped to hear.

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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2016, 08:36:43 am »
 Hi I find that at 120Ks easily do 350 or more possibly 400 but at over 130 the fuel increase is a lot. Also in the Dirt reasonable riding ie Prince Alfred's pass Knysna to Avontuur around 320 to 300kms per tank.
 

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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2016, 12:18:47 pm »
Hi I find that at 120Ks easily do 350 or more possibly 400 but at over 130 the fuel increase is a lot. Also in the Dirt reasonable riding ie Prince Alfred's pass Knysna to Avontuur around 320 to 300kms per tank.

Thanks Bwana, usefull info that.
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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2016, 01:28:15 pm »
i did a bit of an experiment on my last 2 trips.

first  coming home on the N2 .... the fuel light came on and the dash board told me I have 45kms to go before empty( wouldnt make it till next fuel station) at my current speed ( way too fast anywhoo)... I throttled down , kept the refs below 4000 ( approx110km\h)  and my consumption went as low as 30k/liter... dashboard told me I now have 80kms left before empty....

second trip last weekend..... was kinda burning it up the N7 to calvinia ( cruise speed 156km/h and often pushed up to 200km/h) , with a pillion and a topbox full of stuff . average fuel consumption was 14.1 km/l...... ie... 250km range....

I think if you want to preserve fuel and feather the throttle you would be able to make 400kms easily... but then again who wants to drive miss daisy ???

ps. on the last trip I was riding with a guy on a KTM SMT.... we where going fast fast all the way with heavy front/cross winds etc.... at every refuel I used about 3-4 liter less than him. personally I think for a big bore the fuel consumption is quite low , and expect to easily do in excess of 350 kms if only on the dirt roads....
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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2016, 01:29:46 pm »
Interesting to see. I got that with my 800GS and it's 16/17lt tank. Get 340km on 14/15lt with my X-Challenge

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Re: New AT - Tank Range
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2016, 01:40:02 pm »
i did a bit of an experiment on my last 2 trips.

first  coming home on the N2 .... the fuel light came on and the dash board told me I have 45kms to go before empty( wouldnt make it till next fuel station) at my current speed ( way too fast anywhoo)... I throttled down , kept the refs below 4000 ( approx110km\h)  and my consumption went as low as 30k/liter... dashboard told me I now have 80kms left before empty....

second trip last weekend..... was kinda burning it up the N7 to calvinia ( cruise speed 156km/h and often pushed up to 200km/h) , with a pillion and a topbox full of stuff . average fuel consumption was 14.1 km/l...... ie... 250km range....

I think if you want to preserve fuel and feather the throttle you would be able to make 400kms easily... but then again who wants to drive miss daisy ???

ps. on the last trip I was riding with a guy on a KTM SMT.... we where going fast fast all the way with heavy front/cross winds etc.... at every refuel I used about 3-4 liter less than him. personally I think for a big bore the fuel consumption is quite low , and expect to easily do in excess of 350 kms if only on the dirt roads....

Thanks arrowfeather, also good info, appreciated.  :thumleft:
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

Old bike: '82 Eddie Lawson Replica Replica.
Other bike: '05 Honda Varadero 1000
New bike: '16 Honda Africa Twin.