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You have a bigger tank. The fuel pump reduced the C50 capacity to 4.1 gallons.

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actualy helps clean out the fuel pump when you run it completely dry..
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actualy helps clean out the fuel pump when you run it completely dry..
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Always riding in some kind of wind here, usually 20+ miles an hour; it kills mpg.


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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.)
I don't think so. Either a lot of guys spend a lot of time at 35MPH or there is some extreme exaggeration going on in this thread. 110-120 was really typical for me. I did see 50MPG one time, riding around BRP, averaged a little over 50MPG for the weekend.

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I always filled my tank around 120 miles. The light came on somewhere between there and 130. The longest I ever pushed it was 164, and that was terrifying.



In the very early 1990's I pushed my first motorcycle a couple of miles to a family member's farm, bought some gas off him, and never pushed my luck, or my motorcycle again.



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My light comes on around 120 to 130 2006 c50t
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...In the very early 1990's I pushed my first motorcycle a couple of miles to a family member's farm, bought some gas off him, and never pushed my luck, or my motorcycle again.
My first motorcycle used 4 spark plugs per tank of gas... (Kawasaki Street/Trail 125; 2 cycle used POS)

I pushed that thing EVERYWHERE!

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Got 180 miles out of a full tank yesterday. Filled up to the brim before the trip. Rode mixed riding between 50-80mph depending on conditions. Fuel light came on and off around the 150 mile mark, reduced speed to indicated 60, fuel light remained on at the 160 mile mark. Heavens opened and torrential rain, kevlar jeans wet through, freezing cold.
Decided to risk it and get home, she made it, 180 miles total on one tank.
No idea how much is in there now, will give it a shake and listen, if I dont hear any splashes i'll pinch some out of my garden petrol can.
Well impressed with that range though, considering it has a huge screen, saddlebags and lowers fitted. That said Im only 155lb
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The average C50 gets about 38-40 mpg. Some are slightly better, some worse. My light came on about 130. I knew I had to get gas within 30 miles. Not 31. If we rode Freeways or into winds, mpg were closer to 32-35. Aside from a sportster, I never owned another bike capable of cruising or touring where i was so aware of my fuel level. Anytime I rode with other makes and models of motorcycles, I was always the first to need gas.

It is likely I'd still be on, or own my C50 if it had a 5.5 gallon tank. Out West, from the Mississippi to the Pacific, towns can be spaced out. Even a 5 gallon tank would have put the idiot light range upwards of 170. A minimum for out West. My current bike the gas light comes on somewhere around 220.

I never thought getting gas would be an issue as I owned a sportster. But the sporty while fun, it was used more locally, while the C50 is a capable touring bike except for the range. I never understood why Suzuki did not see this or some after market company popped a bunch of drop in replacement 5.5 tanks, primed or even black.

If I give up touring and just screw around near home, in parts of Idaho and eastern washington, I'd consider another C50.


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