I agree,,I took a day trip with my 6R and did just as you suggested,short shifts, rode at 90 KMS/HR and when I filled up calculated my fuel in Imperial gallons and got 66 MPG.. Can't beat that for sure.Well, I recently got 220 Miles (354Km) on a tank but I filled it as soon as the fuel light began to flicker. I only put about 3.5 gallons in it that's 63MPG. When I first bought the bike, I ran it really hard and got about 41MPG. Whenever I buy a bike, I do a mileage test. I try and get the most out of it just out of curiousity. My 00 ninja 250 got a 69MPG and my 03 R1 got a 42MPG. My 96 honda elite 80 got around a 90 I believe.
My mileage test is pretty simple. I shift at half max rpms or less EVERY shift. On the 6r I shifted at 4K-5k and never went over 60mph. Also I don't do much stop and go, just ridin on local roads 45-55mph. It's interesting to see just how good of mileage you can get.
Forth, with electric, in-the-tank fuel pumps, the fuel acts as a coolant for the pump motor. Cooler running means longer lasting.That's a good point plus, any mechanic can vouch, try NOT to run your gas tanks dry or past 3/4 tank on any vehicle. First reason is if it's a habit then you won't be on side of road wishing you had stopped for gas at the last stop. Second reason is that it cuts down dramatically on trash getting into your fuel system saving you an inevitable headache down the road. Third reason is because it's just the smart thing to do
im glad you had final drive listed under your avatar. had me thinking for a bit.I'm averaging about 50-52 mpg. If i go 80 mph @ 6000 rpm alone I get 180 when the light start flashing. So if I was able to behave and ride at 60-65 mph I can probably get better fuel mileage. 60 mph with my gears is about 4600 rpm. The problem here in Florida is if you drive at 60 on the race track/freeway (I-95) you will get yourself run over. Or if you're lucky you might be able to follow a granny to shield yourself from other predators!