Suzuki SV650 Gas Mileage

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This page will contain a record of the gas mileage I’ve gotten from both my SV650 motorcycles. Your mileage may vary. See the Discussion for some caveats and other nitpicky details.

2007 SV650 #2 (aka Second Chance)

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All-Time Best: 59.3 MPG (on 7/9/2010)

2007 SV650 #1

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All-Time Best: 68.5 MPG (on 8/23/2009)

Looking for information on what grade of gas to use in your SV? Look no further: The Right Grade of Gas For Your SV650


Discussion

February 20, 2010: I now have a new SV650 to replace the one I wrecked. The new bike is almost identical to the old one: same model, same year, but with fewer miles. It’ll be interesting to see if the MPG values match up!

August 26, 2009: New best tank! The new high mark of 68.5 mpg was achieved by riding at a steady 70 mph. (We were intentionally trying to stretch our mileage as we rode through a very remote part of Oregon.)

June 15, 2009: Added note for “best tank.” I hit 65.4 mpg during my slab from Corvallis to Ashland via I5, 80 mph the entire way.

May 18, 2009: I’ve had the SV for over a year now and a clear pattern in mileage has emerged. In 100% city riding, the SV gets around 36 mpg. In 100% highway riding, it will get around 55 mpg. My riding is a mix of both, and thus my overall average is 43 mpg.

August 30, 2008: I adjusted the throttle position sensor (TPS) this past weekend. In addition to smoothing out the initial throttle response, this adjustment supposedly results in increased fuel economy. We’ll see.

May 22, 2008: My SV650 is currently within its initial break-in period. I’m expecting so-so gas mileage until the bike has a few thousand miles on it. It will be interesting to see how the gas mileage turns out over time!

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1 jerod May 15, 2009 at 8:59 am

Really intrigued by the TPS mod. Thanks for the link; I’m dying to try this out.

I have an 07 SV650. I got it last summer and have only put 2500 miles on it. Last year I was commuting about 30 miles a day. My fuel indicator light would go off at 170 miles and I would refuel. I’d always be putting in about 3 gallons, so I’m thinking I get about 56 mpg. I’m surprised at the 42.4 shown up there.

This year it clicked in my mind that I should have a 4.5 gallon tank, and I should be filling up around 200 miles. Not a change to the mpg, but fun to consider I could be getting a lot further on a tank. Also considering going to mid-grade gas, buts that a whole nother story.

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2 Stacy May 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

The majority of my commuting miles is in city traffic. I get around 36 mpg when commuting. On the freeway, I average 55 mpg.

I also have a tendency for jack rabbit starts, which doesn’t help my in-city mileage either. ;)

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3 LifeOn2Whls June 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I have an ’09 sv650s and have been averaging about 55-56 mpg highway riding. I’m cruising around 80mph but I live in LA so at least half of my commute is spent lane splitting at low speed (about 20-35mph) and high revs (5-6K). I also LOVE my jack rabbit starts, especially getting on the freeway! I’ve got around 2,500 miles on the bike now so I have to say I am VERY pleased with the mileage I have been getting.

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4 Joe F. September 22, 2009 at 6:23 am

I’m the proud owner of an 07 SV650 and I regularly get 55-56 mpg on my 100 mile per day commute. The fuel economy seems a bit better than it was on my 05 SV650, (crashed that one), maybe because of the dual spark plugs? Completely stock and nothing but the cheap stuff for gas (87 octane). Total miles with both bikes about 30k. This bike rocks!

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5 Murray October 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I’m just wondering how colder temperatures are affecting fuel economy for others. Lately when riding in temperatures in the range of 4C to 10C I seem to be using approximately 15% more fuel.

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6 Stacy October 31, 2010 at 5:03 pm
7 D Rose August 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

While riding back roads mostly, probably averaging 50mph, I got one tank at 68mpg and one tank at an even 70mpg. I actually thought I was riding a little harder on the tank I got 70. An earlier tank which included a little time at 120mph, I think it was 58mpg. I think I am going to bump it up to a 16 tooth drive sprocket. That should lower the revs just a bit.

I have been thinking about going to 70 series front tire instead of 60 series. Any strong opinions on the subject?

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8 Stacy August 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’ve found that fuel economy is inversely proportional to the amount of fun I have while riding my SV.

What are you hoping to accomplish by switching to a 120/70 front tire?

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