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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Bend, WA
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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.
Mhac nan con, a Wescalero Rider
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