Approaching 15k miles on my GSXS1000F and still enjoying the bike massively. I started using the Fuelly app a year ago and looking at it reveals some interesting data and raised a few questions in my mind.
1: On board computer and range calculation. Pulled up tonight with 134 miles on the odometer and 70 miles range displayed, strange thing is, when I fill the tank the range rarely shows more than 156 miles!
2: On board computer seems to read/ calculate lower than the result of miles covered and gallons refilled. not a massive difference but can be 2-3 mpg out!
3: On board computer = There have been occasions where I have snuck 2 or 3 miles out of the tank when the gauge is showing __ how many miles has anyone coaxed out of an indicated empty tank?
4: I attempt to brim the tank without pouring precious go go juice all over the forecourt. trickling fuel in seems to get 2/10 of a gallon extra in. the most I have ever put in was 17.4 litres, quite impressive on a 17 litre tank.
5: Not sure why but I seem to be returning 10% more MPG on my GSXS than on previous bikes and travel considerably further on a tank than my riding buddies om Honda CB1000, BMW s1000R, RR, MT10 and even a CBR600RR. We travel at a similar pace when riding together so I would expect very similar MPG.
6: Riding style, this may be in part an answer to item 5 above. I tend to be the route leader and try to keep within 10mph or so of UK national speed limits and find myself adopting 3 self regulated riding modes. First is just cruising around at 3 to 5k rpm, plenty fast enough for commuting and dealing with most cars and possibly 90% of my riding, Next is a more sprightly pace holding 8k for a bit more fun and to get the adrenaline flowing, hard to measure but say 8% , finally is nutter mode, I can rarely sustain it for all but brief bursts (3%) and fear for my licence when I hit the limiter in anything past first gear. Now to the query in hand, some of my friends roll through 30, 40, 50 limits wailing along in first gear where I would probably be in 3rd, 4th and maybe 5th respectively. I understand about keeping the engine spinning to keep on the power but on UK roads feel it un-neccessary, although it could be that I am just a slow, grumpy old fart! comments please.
7: Tacho settings, played with the alternate tacho displays, peak hols, slow tail off, inverted etc when I first got the bike and settled on the basic bar. What setting do you run with?
Rambling waffle about nowt, nothing on TV