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On the c50: 125 miles, get gas ASAP. 150 miles, get gas NOW. 160 miles, get gas from a canister. Maybe I am just hard on the throttle. (Miles per tank is one reason I switched bikes.)


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On the c50: 125 miles, get gas ASAP.
You should try using 4th and 5th gear sometime.
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Yesterday I rode a 273 mile round trip to Geneva-On-The-Lake Ohio just to get a dog and a root beer at Eddie's Grill for lunch.

Yeah...I do stuff like that.

I came home with a box for donuts, too.

I'm still a bit surprised at the variance in responses regarding range.

I took off with a full tank and filled up again at my destination, then once again when I got home.
Figuring about 135 miles each way, there was still a bar showing on the fuel gauge and a second bar flickering when I got there. (No, I don't rely on my fuel gauge for anything but an estimate, but I'm just saying.)
I was getting the same reading when I fueled up at home.

Doin' the cipherin', it looks like I was getting a bit over 45MPG.

The trip was mostly highway with posted speed limits between 65 and 70 mph. Not a camping trip, so the load was light.

I still wouldn't want to chance running out, so I usually stop for a gas no longer than 130 miles (usually less) on trips.
One trip (plus my experience from last summer's riding) is not a big scientific sample, but it least gives me some conform that I'm regularly getting the same results....at 130 miles, I still have some gas to spare.


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Up until this thread, I had forgotten about just how short the legs are on a C50. I rode straight through from Mid-Ohio race course to home last night and only stopped for red-lights. I still have 1/3 of a tank remaining from that fill-up too. It is nice to not only be able to keep up with the larger touring bikes, but outlast their fuel capacity too.

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so.. I was expelled from HS never did learn math.
my 06 C50 went 126 miles and I filled up and it took 2.6gallons to fill it back up.
we have a 4.1 gallon tank right?
how many miles could I have gone before stalling out? we all know the conservative range but what is actual range? jus curious.
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a friend did the math for me
I'm getting 48mpg.
I could get about 193 miles before dry.
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Do not EVER run your tank dry. It WILL ruin your fuel pump.

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ik this. my question was laid to rest. thank you
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The submerged fuel pump uses the surrounding gas to cool the impeller motor. If you run it dry, you will overheat it and cause it to fail.

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I guess the Vol does have a slight advantage over the C50 in this regard. I regularly go 180 miles between fill-ups when on a ride in the mountains. Back and forth to work I get at least 140 per tank. I guess the carbureted version carries a little more fuel?


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