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08-27-2016, 06:16 PM,
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V-STar 650 gas mileage
Hi, Folks,
I'm trying to decide between the V250 and V650 as my first bike - for starters I'm an active 70 year old and just beginning to learn to ride - it's fabulous and has lots of challenges ahead - just my cup of tea.
I'm leaning toward the 250 mainly because of the good mpg and pretty well all flat land around southern Ontario - a few people have said I'll tire rather easily of the 250 and should get the 650.
I'd like to find some real world results of highway cruising with the 650 - book says 48 mpg - but is that a combined calculation or is the highway riding giving a better figure.
I'm about ready to pull the trigger to buy - but I'll hold off a few days until I hear form some of you.
TIA
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08-27-2016, 06:31 PM,
#2
RE: V-STar 650 gas mileage
I recently sold a 650. It was a backup bike and I found I wasn't riding it after 2 years. I'm 68 and found the 650 very easy to ride. My normal riding gave me around 50 MPG. It got a little more riding 40-50 MPH and a little less at 65-70 MPH. I don't think I would want anything smaller. It prefers running 50-60 MPH but will run 70 without straining (the RPMs are high). They are a tough and reliable bike and I think you would like. I downsized from a couple of BMWs. I have a Burgman 650 that I like a lot and I got the 650 so I still had the opportunity to change gears but I rode it very little because I like the Burgman so much. The 650 works well for us old folks.
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08-27-2016, 10:13 PM,
#3
RE: V-STar 650 gas mileage
(08-27-2016, 06:31 PM)osbornk Wrote: I recently sold a 650. It was a backup bike and I found I wasn't riding it after 2 years. I'm 68 and found the 650 very easy to ride. My normal riding gave me around 50 MPG. It got a little more riding 40-50 MPH and a little less at 65-70 MPH. I don't think I would want anything smaller. It prefers running 50-60 MPH but will run 70 without straining (the RPMs are high). They are a tough and reliable bike and I think you would like. I downsized from a couple of BMWs. I have a Burgman 650 that I like a lot and I got the 650 so I still had the opportunity to change gears but I rode it very little because I like the Burgman so much. The 650 works well for us old folks.
Thanks, Osbornk,
Food for thought - I'm only 5-10 and my son took a pic of me today on the 250 - I look like the proverbial bear on a bike - I sure make the 250 look small. Maybe the search goes in a different direction for a first bike.
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08-30-2016, 11:45 PM,
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V-STar 650 gas mileage
I also have a V-Star 650. Great bike!! It's been getting anywhere from 48 to 60 mpg. I've had this bike approx. 6 months and could definitely see myself sizing up to a 950 soon! I think you'd tire of the 250 very quickly. Good luck with whatever you choose. Riding is great fun!
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08-31-2016, 11:54 PM,
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RE: V-STar 650 gas mileage
(08-27-2016, 06:16 PM)bfrench Wrote: Hi, Folks,
I'm trying to decide between the V250 and V650 as my first bike - for starters I'm an active 70 year old and just beginning to learn to ride - it's fabulous and has lots of challenges ahead - just my cup of tea.
I'm leaning toward the 250 mainly because of the good mpg and pretty well all flat land around southern Ontario - a few people have said I'll tire rather easily of the 250 and should get the 650.
I'd like to find some real world results of highway cruising with the 650 - book says 48 mpg - but is that a combined calculation or is the highway riding giving a better figure.
I'm about ready to pull the trigger to buy - but I'll hold off a few days until I hear form some of you.
TIA

Hello TIA,
first of all, congratulations to you for wanting to get into riding. I am riding a v star 650 Classic and am getting between 45-52 mpg. Any sustained speeds above 65 mph will bring your mileage down on a 650 to around 47-48 mpg, and more so on a 250, I would assume. If you go above 70mph on the highway you may go to 45mpg. But it is also the acceleration that affects your mileage. A gentle riding style with top speeds under 60mph will get you over 51mpg. Makes sense?

I love the 650 and can only recommend it- it is a well designed bike. A 250 seems rather small- you may outgrow it quickly... Try both at a dealer!
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