I have just bought a 2002 model firestorm with the 19 ltr tank and the fuel economy is a joke!
Town riding, it managed 67 miles before the low fuel light came on and on a relatively gentle run around wales it managed 85 miles!?
surely it cant be that bad?... its only a 1 ltr engine... my crappy renault laguna is better on fuel :/
i worked out its doing around 22 mpg! this cant be right, there must be something wrong with it?
Can anyone help?
dont get me wrong as i love the bike.. its awesome, but i cant take it on a tour around spain if i need to stop for juice every hour :'(
You sound like you are UK based. Two suggestions for finding out whats wrong, 1 join the yahoo group VTR_List, wealth of user info from around the world but UK based. 2 Contact Roger Ditchfield at Revolution racing (also on the list). Beyond that the usual things would be a), looking for a leak. b),checking stuck choke. c),plugs and filters.
You could get it Dynojetted, reports say increase response, performance and increase tank range to 125miles.
I have smaller tank model (16l in 1999) and managed to get 59 miles from the tank but only with extreme abuse of the throtle, usually get 95-100 befroe RLOD (Red Light Of Death!) Have toured to Monaco 3 times and hope to go this year again - still only looking at 100 before starting to worry about finding a refill!
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My experience shows about an average of 40mpg. Road, wind, temp conditions, carrying a passenger,. can vary that by 5mpg either way.
If you own the bike you're speaking about, fill it up reset the odometer, put 100-150 miles on it, fill it up again and do the math.
The vstar was an excellent fuel miser, if you plan on doing a lot of your own work, buying a service manual from somewhere like amazon.com for $20-30 bucks, you'll have a sweet dependable ride.
jeff I have the same bike and at about 30000 mile they need the emulsion tubes done the needle is stainless steel and the tube is brass and they wear pretty badly causing a flat spot between 2 and 4 thosand revs also high fuel consumption done mine and its a totally different bike getting about 130 to a full tank
Do you maintain the bike according to maintenance schedule? Do you smell unburned petrol/gas when idling? Do you ride your bike hard all the time?
Firstly have an authorised dealer do a good and complete maintenance service, measure its result again your current condition, any improvement?
Ask the dealer what is the numbers your bike should produce for milage/kilometer per galon/liter consumption and measure against your current notes.
do you have a charol system in the bike because when you take off the tank the little pressure line on the bottom of the tank is suppose to drain into that ,...now if its gone that would possibly explain the leak. but one day i had it pissing out like a race horse and thought it was going to explode..i took the seat off and looked around and found that i had bad o-rings on the main t-fitting going to all the carbs. i just went and bought a salvaged one at a junk dealer popped it in an viola! the bike worked better than it ever did.
On most bikes, the fuel level sensor is inside the tank and basically is a dampened float. The entire assembly could be accessed beneath the tank and would be connected by a single connector with two terminals. This pair of wire would then go to the instrumentation/cluster to trigger the fuel level gauge or in your case low level sensor. Often the connector would become loose or the terminals corroded. The sensor inside the tank could be tested with a continuity tester (DVM/VOM)
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