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Old 10-25-2005, 01:06 PM   #1
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I need a street legal dirt bike and have been looking at the DRZ. It seems like a nice bike. It comes with a 2 ½ gallon gas tank, what range can I expect out of this.

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Old 10-25-2005, 01:37 PM   #2
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I get a safe 100 miles out of mine before it hits reserve. I've done the 3x3 air box modification and switched out the OEM pipe for a Yosh RS3. That said, the mileage seems pretty much the same to me, even after the mods and a rejet. I don't ride fast though, which I think makes the biggest difference.

Does anyone want to be on a DRZ saddle for more than 100 miles? I don't think so, and as a reasonably fit bike rider, my butt thinks the DRZ seat feels like a couch. Granted I ride only in Arkansas, so no long runs like the riders do out west.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:05 PM   #3
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Same here. About 100 miles before reserve on the stock tank. I opted for the IMS 3.2-gallon tank. It's only another .7 gallon, but that could be another 30 miles.

For $200, it's a quick, easy mod.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:28 PM   #4
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Same here. About 100 miles before reserve on the stock tank....
Under what conditions?

On the road, sure.

In the woods, well, YMMV. {When I had the stock tank] One woods event, I hit reserve just as I was coming back into the parking lot, and that was 55 miles. I was sweeping at a very technical enduro, and I think I hit reserve in less than 40 miles, almost all 1st gear.

I [now] have the IMS 3.2 also. I hear poeple say the Clarke is better. I notice my shrouds now stick out unevenly (the inboard end mounts to the tank).
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:31 PM   #5
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I'll agree with what was posted earlier: On the road with the stock tank and stock bike I was getting around 100 to the tank, and I wail on the poor thing riding street. On the dirt my milage is all over the place, I've seen tanks go for 80 down to 60. I got fed up with guessing milages and barely having enough fuel for a good ride and return trip. After poking around I bought a transparent yellow tank from Clarke. Now I can see straight through the thing and figure out if I have gas or not, it's made intercity hops quite a bit more convenient, and riding in the boonies much more comfortable. I still haven't ridden the thing into reserve like I used to weekly with the stocker, so I'm riding the bike a lot more and a lot further. That said, I don't get all the grousing about the seat, it doesn't seem that bad. I haven't ridden all that many dirt bikes over long distances, but I've been putting in 200+ mile days with the DRZ stock seat lately with no problems. Are the alternatives really that much more comfortable?
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:01 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I was hoping for at least 100 miles under non competitive conditions. Looks like this will do it stock and an after market tank seems worthwhile.
Generally, I’ll be riding this bike up in the Sierra’s. I like to go exploring up there. Mostly dirt roads and trails but I need to get on the main paved roads occasionally too. This should be a fun bike.

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Old 10-25-2005, 05:14 PM   #7
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Out West (US), definitely add some fuel capacity. (Yes, I have been to various locations in the West.) Here in the NE where I live, gas stations are more readily available than some of those sparsely populated areas in the left half of the country. I use the larger tank to skip fuel stops. You might need it to make it to the next one.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:14 PM   #8
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I think the Clarke is good for 3.9 gallons. This is the tank I plan on putting on my new DRZ400S once I get it.

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Old 10-25-2005, 05:44 PM   #9
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Clarke 3.9 gallon gives me about 200 miles. Who wants to ride more than 100 miles on a stock seat? I do. It's a great bike, and besides, you should be standing on the pegs anyway.


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Old 10-25-2005, 06:58 PM   #10
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I have a stock S, no mods on the air or jetting....

I average 45 mpg in a dual sport context of a little of everything from trail to highway. When I go to fill up this is my average. I have the Clarke tank. Its a good fit with easy install. The seat is not a concern.
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:10 PM   #11
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I have the Clarke tank. Hit reserve for the first time a few weeks ago, only because I put just a gallon in to keep her light for some local trails. I agree, about 200 mile range with this tank.
I've never really kept track, but I seem to get better mileage trail riding than fast street riding. I think the wind resistance at speed eats up more gas than even high rpm slow stuff.
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:58 PM   #12
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...I think the wind resistance at speed eats up more gas than even high rpm slow stuff.
Ha. Try riding 40-50 miles where you can hardly ever get going fast enough to use 2nd, but you are revving it up in 1st to make any speed at all (and this is with "E" gearing). Then tell me what your gas mileage is!

I've been there, I know. The route was cut tight by a bunch of 2-stroke guys on KTMs, and then it rained making it very slippery, and then I was out on the course AFTER 100 competitors had churned it into grease.... sheesh that was one hot sweaty afternoon of riding. I only rode half the course and then escorted 2 competitors (who were bailing out because they were running short on gas!) back to Start. I burned the tank down to reserve in this distance.
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:30 PM   #13
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Well I usually don't make it to 85 miles before reserve on mine. But that's usually running her in a mix of woods and street or all woods. I did the 3x3 mod (4x2.25 in my case) and rejetted. The lower gearing probably doesn't help mileage though (15/47 dualsport & 14/47 offroad).
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:07 AM   #14
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I generally get about 170 kms (105 miles) to the tank, before reserve. And that's combination street and trail riding.
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Old 10-27-2005, 08:32 AM   #15
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I need a street legal dirt bike and have been looking at the DRZ. It seems like a nice bike. It comes with a 2 ½ gallon gas tank, what range can I expect out of this.

I get over 100 miles per tank (53-56mpg). I have done the 3x3 airbox mod and dyno jet needle and rejetted. That's with a 15/48 sprocket combo on the road. I switch the front sprocket out with a 14 tooth for offroad. Between the gearing change and riding it harder, the mileage goes down but usually not too much (mid 40's -50mpg). Stock exhaust.

I've got a clarke 3.9 on order that should come tomorrow and that will extend my range.
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