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Old 10-16-2012, 03:12 PM   #21
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The 450 I demo'd got somewhere between 50 and 60mpg, which impressed me mightily.

On the 500, my first and second rides were about 30 miles each, and I figured I would not refill between them to get a better baseline on mileage. This was all technical singletrack, my old carb'd 450 gets about 35 in this use. After 64 miles:

(note the fuel level).

It ran to the truck, but would not restart. Guess I shaved that close!

And just filled it up at a pump:

So I believe the usable capacity of the 500 is 2.2 gallons. I'd heard a variety of figures, thought I'd post my experience as a baseline.

Now, what remains to be seen is why I got 29.5 miles per gallon (I was even being somewhat nice, during break in), when that is so far from what I got on the 450.
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