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Offline Vera

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Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« on: December 04, 2017, 21:04:39 »
We are getting 63.6 have mpg over the 2300 miles since we got the bike in August. This bloke vRS according to the computer 280-300 from abtank

Anyone here that had ECM changed under warranty previously got any economy figures or does it not change much?

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 19:21:38 »
No idea, I've never been one to consider fuel economy on a motorbike.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 20:01:47 »
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I would considering the cost of fuel these days ..  :groan:
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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 10:43:52 »
2 of us rode 350 kms yesterday. The other bloke has the new ECU, I don't as yet.
So both of us riding together the same way in the same conditions and both returned 24.5+ kms/litre (70 imperial mpg).
It seems to make no difference by our reckoning

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 11:46:24 »
70 mpg?!  :shock: wow, that's just thrown a spanner in the works. :fix: I didn't know that the Veek was that good on fuel. Got me having a rethink now...
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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 12:38:11 »
The Veek is good for its size. My best is 66 mpg but that was at 60mph on a wet old day.  More typical is 53-55 mpg at 70-75 mph but by 80mph its below 50mpg ( just) and down hill rapidly from then on. My best range is 221 miles before the count down kicks in. This is all two up but if I was on my own I guess I'd go a bit quicker and use more.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2017, 20:38:06 »
Mine is abysmal,if I really take it easy I can scrape near 60mpg, but steaming about without breaking the sound barrier it's more like 45 to 50mpg.
My rather large top box doesn't help I'm sure, it has a definite impact on the bike at speed, and I tend to run my tyres on the soft side when the roads are wet and greasy.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 22:07:52 »
I've recorded every fill up since my bike was new.
It has done a total 22,000 miles, 8,700 miles since the new ECM.
My overall average is 62 mpg.
Old ECM average was 61 mpg.
New ECM average is 64 mpg.
I am sticking to the speed limit more these days compared to when I first got the DL1000, so this may be a factor in the improvement.  The consumption is usually very good as long as the speed is kept under 75 mph.
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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 08:19:32 »
agreed!
up to an indicated 120kph it's a very economical bike - which suits my riding style these days.
 :xmas-smile: After all, anyone can go fast on the straights

I must mention - we had a 2nd gear roll on from low revs and my buddy romped away a few bike lengths between maybe 2,500 to 5,000 revs. I had been happy but he rode mine and thought it a bit hesitant in comparison - and so it proved.
Will be interesting to see what changes my new ECU will bring.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 11:08:22 »
Thanks for responses, bottom line appears to be no concernable difference or maybe slightly better.

We run a Kappa KGR52 topbox at all times as well so our 63-64 odd average over 2500 miles now appears to be quite good !

Never really take it over 4K revs anyway as no need - ride it on the torque.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2017, 11:02:41 »
No idea, I've never been one to consider fuel economy on a motorbike.

I guess going on big trips has encouraged me to. Sometimes away from the populated areas it can be near 400kms between fuel stops. Good to know my Vstrom is up to that

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2017, 18:24:54 »
Not a problem if touring in the UK as we are never more than 30 miles from a petrol station, Europe would obviously be different, but I normally need to rest my back side and stretch my legs long before I would run out of fuel, so take the opportunity to fill up and have a stretch well within tank range.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2017, 20:45:35 »
Never have had mine run empty, best I got was about 220 miles before I filled up, had a bit left but it was getting rather low, I was loaded up doing about 70 mph most of the way.
Blatting over to Vienna on the motorways fuel consumption was very poor, but I was wringing it's neck fully loaded up with soft panniers, my zarges'top box', and stuff on top of that.
I was impressed with how the bike reveled in long distance fast mile munching, it was composed at cornering, side winds etc, and I was all but flat out for miles.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2017, 03:02:48 »
Not a problem if touring in the UK as we are never more than 30 miles from a petrol station, Europe would obviously be different, but I normally need to rest my back side and stretch my legs long before I would run out of fuel, so take the opportunity to fill up and have a stretch well within tank range.

yes, different horses for different courses really.  I can comfortably sit for over 400kms between get-offs; a courtesy of riding my DR650 with its plank seat I guess.  It's all a matter of what we get used to.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2017, 03:13:23 »
Never have had mine run empty, best I got was about 220 miles before I filled up, had a bit left but it was getting rather low, I was loaded up doing about 70 mph most of the way.
Blatting over to Vienna on the motorways fuel consumption was very poor, but I was wringing it's neck fully loaded up with soft panniers, my zarges'top box', and stuff on top of that.
I was impressed with how the bike reveled in long distance fast mile munching, it was composed at cornering, side winds etc, and I was all but flat out for miles.

290 (467 kms) here - but it was running on fumes by then. I'd like to have the patience to try for that elusive 300 miles but I'd take my collapsible 8 litre fuel bladder for insurance.
I must point out that I find a thrill in gambling how far I can take it - mind you, I've had to push each of the last 5 bikes I've had at one point of another so I don't always win

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2017, 09:00:03 »
We are so congested here in the UK on our roads, it must affect the range our bikes can again.
I too am happy in the saddle for long distances, even on my xr 400 with 22litre ascerbis tank, must say, I would love a dr650, having had the Honda XR 600 in the past, I love air cooled singles.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2017, 11:40:10 »
I can do long distances, longest being Monza home to Essex in one hit (done on a GSXR1000K5 and on a GSX1400) , but do need to stretch me legs every 120/150 miles or so.

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2017, 16:55:09 »
We are so congested here in the UK on our roads, it must affect the range our bikes can again.
I too am happy in the saddle for long distances, even on my xr 400 with 22litre ascerbis tank, must say, I would love a dr650, having had the Honda XR 600 in the past, I love air cooled singles.

Had to chuckle.... my wife and I bookended our big Euro trip in 2013 with before and after stays in England. My comment afterwards was that you need "house full" signs at every entry point.  We'd go for lovely walks along quiet country roads only to hear sooner or later the approaching sound of the ubiquitous white van - couldn't get away from them.
I'm sure the amount of traffic would effect how well flowing your riding style can be - and has a direct correlation on fuel economy

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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2017, 19:12:52 »
I am a bit 'anal' about MPG. :smirk:  Comes from my good old dad who always used to record his MPG in every vehicle he had, lot to do with his old RAF career.  Anyway I mainly tour and turned 10.000 miles on return from Spain in October. respectable mileage in 20 months ownership.  Always check and work out every fill up.  The on board computer is not too far out.  Motorways and faster runs always high 40's.  Gentler speeds country roads low 50's.  Best ever tad under 60mpg but rare.  As other alluded to, a big top box creates drag, as perhaps the Givi Airflow screen, so many variables. And I run with Power Commander Fuel controller, with perfect fuelling, not lean as the stock ECU was, and the replacement was also lean, but not as bad.
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Re: Pre and post ECM change fuel economy 2014 DL1000
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2017, 00:10:03 »
for anyone a bit concerned that their fuel mileage is pretty meagre, I must add that when my riding mate and I get those 70mpg results we are doing a day ride at moderate speeds just enjoying the countryside.
There'd be virtually no traffic around us, minimal (if any) traffic lights and we can really just flow along for a few hours. No top box or panniers and both about 85kgs (13 1/3 stone) kitted up ready to ride. 
Ordinarily in stop/start suburban stuff my consumption is more like 21-22 kpl (still a decent 60+mpg). That's not using any more throttle than I need for the job - just trundling around.

BY the way, we both have 2017 screens fitted to our 2014 models and they make a great difference to wind buffeting (and maybe a little to fuel use)