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Is 65 mpg normal for my '05 XV250?

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Old 04-09-2006   #1
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Default Is 65 mpg normal for my '05 XV250?

Just wondering what all the XV250 owners are getting for mileage. I got a best of just under 68 mpg, and a worst of 61 mpg. 65 is what I got on the last 3 fill ups I checked the mileage on, and seems to be the average. They were pretty much highway rides of speeds not really exceeding 70 mph mixed with speeds in the 60 mph range. This puts my range at about 120 miles before reserve needs to be turned on. Seems normal or too low?
Other owners claim to get 80+ on a regular basis? Bike has about 1700 miles on it now. Bought it used w/ about 1150 miles on it. Air pressure set at high settings (I weigh about 210 lbs) and engine oil's been changed (Yamalube 10w40) about 400 miles ago.
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my bike is supposed to get 55. i never get more then 45. not sure how they test it, but being 6'5 270 pounds puts a little more strain on my bike.

maybee you got the same type of issue.
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Well, a cpl things come to mind in my non-expert opinion. Consider that

The best gas mileage is probably at lower speeds.

At 60-70 mph your 250 cc engine will be screaming and working hard. My 1100 works hard at highway speeds.

Have you checked your mixture? Are you running rich? What altitude are you running at, and on what kind of terrain - hilly, flat? and in what conditions - windy? lots of traffic turbulence? Do you rev it lots or decelerate quickly or do you coast to a stop?

Try a K&N air filter to find it breathes better. Although initial costs are higher, the filter runs better slightly dirty and will last a half million miles or so... Cleaning recommended every 50,000 miles.

Hope this helps brother. At 65 mpg - ya still gotta be smiling!
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Mine fluctuates. If I go not exceeding 55 mph, I'll get in the 80's. If I go 65-70 mph, it gets in the 60's.
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Well, a cpl things come to mind in my non-expert opinion. Consider that

The best gas mileage is probably at lower speeds.

At 60-70 mph your 250 cc engine will be screaming and working hard. My 1100 works hard at highway speeds.

Have you checked your mixture? Are you running rich? What altitude are you running at, and on what kind of terrain - hilly, flat? and in what conditions - windy? lots of traffic turbulence? Do you rev it lots or decelerate quickly or do you coast to a stop?

Try a K&N air filter to find it breathes better. Although initial costs are higher, the filter runs better slightly dirty and will last a half million miles or so... Cleaning recommended every 50,000 miles.

Hope this helps brother. At 65 mpg - ya still gotta be smiling!


Thanks for that reply.
Well I do feel better that my buddy's 535 Virago got 48 vs my 65 mpg, and he's 60 lbs lighter than me. I guess tearing down the highways just is too much for this bike? But it does seem to do it fairly effortlessly.
I have no way to check the mixture. I don't think it's running rich, it does need to be choked to idle and sputters when cold and has to warm up for about 3-4 minutes, based on past experience w/ small engines, this tells me the mixture isn't rich.
Yes the terrain is pretty hilly, not mountainous though. Calm winds the last 3 rides. I have rev it enough to keep up w/ a 535 bike:o. I leave it in 5th until I have to downshift, usually only if my speed is under 25 mph. I only coast w/ the clutch out when coming to a complete stop. Otherwise I'm in a gear w/ the clutch in when decelerating.
I'm afraid if I use a K&N that I'll have even more trouble w/ cold running if it should add more air to the carb.
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I've had my XV250 for 400 miles, and the three gas tanks I've checked gave me 70, 76, and 76 mpg. I don't ride on the freeway but I do drive 60 - 65 mph on city roads.
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Default Is 65 mpg normal for my '05 XV250?

It's okay. When I took my 250 virago home from the dealership, we took it back on the highway (70MPH) and I averaged mileage in the 60's. Then I took it to practice on country roads at 55mph cruising and got 100mpg on that tank! Now, on my commute to college, on a road that varies from 45-55mph, with a lot of lights, I average 75-80mpg.

I think it's just the speed you were riding is all. You were starting to top out 5th gear.
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I have no way to check the mixture.
All you need is a plug wrench.
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