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Old 03-19-2014, 08:54 PM   #316
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I'm at about 90 miles or so right now. The fuel gauge looks like it's on empty but the fuel light (if there's one) isn't on yet. The fuel tank is only 1.1 gal. The bike is rated at over 130 mpg but I have been riding it pretty hard. I'm thinking about the Grom right now as some owners reported really low fuel mileage. So... How much more should I go?... I probably should be riding the wife's. She hasn't ridden hers since we came back from Mexico.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:04 PM   #317
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I'm at about 90 miles or so right now. The fuel gauge looks like it's on empty but the fuel light (if there's one) isn't on yet. The fuel tank is only 1.1 gal. The bike is rated at over 130 mpg but I have been riding it pretty hard. I'm thinking about the Grom right now as some owners reported really low fuel mileage. So... How much more should I go?... I probably should be riding the wife's. She hasn't ridden hers since we came back from Mexico.
If I were you I would probably go ahead and be conservative by topping it off. That way you know how much it has burned in the first 90 miles and you can use that as a baseline for future estimates.

Honda fuel gauges tend to have conservative empty marks but I would not push it until you reach "E" a few times. Also even though this class of bike is really economical it may not reach full efficiency until it has broken in some.

I also expect the bike to deliver better MPG's on the good Mexico gas if it still had some from delivery. I bet they don't put ethanol in the fuel down there.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:25 PM   #318
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I also expect the bike to deliver better MPG's on the good Mexico gas if it still had some from delivery. I bet they don't put ethanol in the fuel down there.
The dealer only put 1 liter in the tank but I gassed both of them up before we left. I have to say that I didn't check to see if there was ethanol in the gas and I didn't ask anyone either.

But yes, I should probably be a little conservative at this point.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:50 AM   #319
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I'm at about 90 miles or so right now. The fuel gauge looks like it's on empty but the fuel light (if there's one) isn't on yet. The fuel tank is only 1.1 gal. The bike is rated at over 130 mpg but I have been riding it pretty hard. I'm thinking about the Grom right now as some owners reported really low fuel mileage. So... How much more should I go?... I probably should be riding the wife's. She hasn't ridden hers since we came back from Mexico.
What was your GROM mpg? When I had a SYM Symba I got 100mpg with wringing the shit out of it.
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What was your GROM mpg? When I had a SYM Symba I got 100mpg with wringing the shit out of it.
Are you the one that did the trip to Alaska?
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:01 AM   #321
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Are you the one that did the trip to Alaska?
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:06 AM   #322
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If I were you I would probably go ahead and be conservative by topping it off. That way you know how much it has burned in the first 90 miles and you can use that as a baseline for future estimates.

Honda fuel gauges tend to have conservative empty marks but I would not push it until you reach "E" a few times. Also even though this class of bike is really economical it may not reach full efficiency until it has broken in some.

I also expect the bike to deliver better MPG's on the good Mexico gas if it still had some from delivery. I bet they don't put ethanol in the fuel down there.
Also since it is FI the fuel pump is in the tank and it needs gas to keep it cool so if you run it dry you will can damage the pump or the very least shorten it's life.
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Thought I recognized you from Red's pics.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:21 AM   #324
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Will be heading up there again this summer for scooter cannonball
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:58 AM   #325
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What was your GROM mpg? When I had a SYM Symba I got 100mpg with wringing the shit out of it.
I was always around 115 mpg on the Grom but the tank is half a gallon more than the Super Cub.
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:58 AM   #326
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40 degree F, overcast, drizzle weather, I took a 100+ mi. trip from Valley Forge, PA to Hoboken, NJ on my Chinese SuperCub clone. Mostly country backroads, last 30 miles or so was just pinning the throttle at 50 mph. due to highway traffic flow..







Other than my luggage getting blown over by cross wind and burned a hole against the exhaust, the Chinese scoot performed flawlessly, even ran through a handful of potholes at 40 mph that bottomed the suspension.

105 mi. journey, filled up twice along the way, .42 & .45 gal. each.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:00 AM   #327
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Will be heading up there again this summer for scooter cannonball
I heard about that: you guys will be riding on small scooters from Alaska to Louisiana for the Vespa rally, am I right? I think there's a guy right here in San Antonio that will be doing it. Don't know his name though.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:47 AM   #328
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You are now my hero for pulling this off. I've been thinking for years about trying to do this. If I thought I could register it in the states, I would encourage you to get into the import business and buy one from you.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:38 PM   #329
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OP,

You are now my hero for pulling this off. I've been thinking for years about trying to do this. If I thought I could register it in the states, I would encourage you to get into the import business and buy one from you.
If I could, I definitely would! I have to say, if I could have bought more, I would have. It wasn't that difficult at all. I can understand that not being able to register the bike is a turn off. For me, I don't care.

I know Honda is supposed to make another big announcement in early May (I think May 5th?). Who knows what they will bring?
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40 degree F, overcast, drizzle weather, I took a 100+ mi. trip from Valley Forge, PA to Hoboken, NJ on my Chinese SuperCub clone. Mostly country backroads, last 30 miles or so was just pinning the throttle at 50 mph. due to highway traffic flow..







Other than my luggage getting blown over by cross wind and burned a hole against the exhaust, the Chinese scoot performed flawlessly, even ran through a handful of potholes at 40 mph that bottomed the suspension.

105 mi. journey, filled up twice along the way, .42 & .45 gal. each.
How does the China Clone SuperCub compare to an original 80s era Passport quality-wise? Where'd ya get it? How much was it? Did you have problems registering it in PA ?
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