My First Honda -- Update: Upgraded to a BMW!

Discussion in 'Street and Performance Bikes' started by seftonm, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Re: My First Honda

    I've talked to a few owners and they said to expect 70ish mpg imperial. So I'm shooting for 70mpg US.
     
  2. 2RR2NV

    2RR2NV Ultimate Newbie

    Re: My First Honda

    i need to live where you are at. sick and tired of seeing cruisers.

    GRATS on the newish purchase. kinds looking at one of those down the road cause up in SD, the "Hills" are awesome for those types of machines.
     
  3. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Re: My First Honda

    Sharp bike, best of luck with it. I hope to have one of my own someday! :D Not much good when I have the little guy to bring around though.
     
  4. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Re: My First Honda

    Now you're going to have to spin this off into: "My First BMW" thread. ;)
     
  5. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Re: My First Honda

    Welcome in the club :)
    I'll be curious about your experiences and mileage log :)
    I'm often tempted to get a CBR125, especially when I see a grey/orange one - but I don't really need it, and it's better to collect all the distance in Teresa's log anyway :D
    Sometimes a backup would be nice, but...
    Maybe later. These lil CBRs can be quite cheap - when they grow a bit older. The grey+orange ones are new :D
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  6. shiNIN

    shiNIN Hedonist Beginner Biker

    Yay, good choice! I'd love to have such a bike myself... But I have my lil baby and I don't have a licence for such a big bike anyway yet.

    I'm curious about your future numbers, if you reach 100 US MPG, Alvaro will be jealous :p Me too :p
    As you can see, he has a 77.8 MPG average but it includes many 2-up, headwind, rain, cold (even sligh frost), whatever. Well he usually drives kinda slowly... Rides in nice weather is typically in the 80s. And his bike, Teresa tends to get better results than my lil cruiser :( A really fine bike, reliable and whatnot, your bike is her close relative so it should be fine too. Grats for yours and have much fun with it, I'll keep my eyes peeled for seeing your experiences :D
     
  7. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Reaching 100mpg is going to be a challenge, heck it will be tough enough to get Alvaro's numbers for the first tank or so. Getting colder now, most mornings are between -5 and +5 C. And I may not even burn through a tank before I have to put the bike away. Hate to put it away before I get to have a lot of fun with it, but it's probably best before I try to ride one morning when I shouldn't. Heated grips sure are nice on cold mornings though :)
     
  8. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    I still don't understand heated grips. They're warming your palm, insulated from there by thick gloves, and the other side of your hands are constantly cooled by the wind. Sounds very inadequate to me.
     
  9. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    The handguards probably help a lot for me. I don't feel much wind, only the cold metal from the clutch and brake levers sucking heat away from my fingers.
     
  10. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Yup, those must help.
     
  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Put the bike away for the winter before I could get much fuel consumption info on it. Remote oil reservoir was annoying, just one more thing to drain and another possible mess. Unfortunately I got some good drips onto the exhaust pipe while I was draining it so things are going to be smoky when I start it up next spring.
     
  12. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Been riding for a few weeks now. Between old gas and cold weather I think this tank's fuel economy is going to be much lower than I would like. Probably somewhere in the 50-60mpg range. I don't think the engine is even making it to full temperature during my commute :(

    I will also have to try my bicycle out once it gets warmer and less windy.
     
  13. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Don't forget to make a log! :)

    How long is your commute?
     
  14. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    The commute is about 11km each way through city traffic. Takes 20-30 minutes.
     
  15. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Quite short, indeed.
     
  16. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Yes, I need to work on being less lazy and use my bicycle more :p
     
  17. southerncannuck

    southerncannuck Well-Known Member

    I think of my time on two wheels as a commune, not a commute. They clear the mind in ways that non riders can't understand. Have a great Canadian summer!
     
  18. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Sometimes it feels like a therapy :)

    And one more thing: riding home can keep me awake after night shifts, and it's really something!

    (Riding many hours after a row of night shifts is on the edge of being too much, though.)
     
  19. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Yes even on the worst days a ride can be very clearing for the mind. First tank is in the books now, 58.6mpg. I am sure it will get better though. It better.
     
  20. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    In what weather did you achieve it?

    The winter has gone here, we're leaving all the frost behind soon, with temps getting closer to 20C in the afternoons and closer to 10C in the mornings I got under 3l/100km lately (and over 80mpg with my last tank) :)

    I had a worse tank before it (3.07l/100km | 71.7mpgUS), mostly because I was accelerating too gently and going too slow (seldom in 5th) because of the dying drive belt. It seems better to open the throttle more and even P&G when I feel like it. I still think lower gears desperately need P&G to get some efficiency. And it can do good in 5th too, especially downhills.

    Other than that: our Honda dealer has an NC700S now, and they'll let people do test rides with it, but only guided short ones, so I won't be able to try its FE :(

    But at least I could have a look at its front luggage bay, and it could almost contain the small backpack I use as a 'tank bag' with Teresa. If it was a bit narrower I could even pack more in that bag, so a bit different shape would be better for an NC700S.
     

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