(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.
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!