I don’t know what I was expecting range-wise out of my Funmoto Honda FMX, but I was just a little disappointed when I learned of my actual mileage per tank of gas. FMX has an 11liter fuel tank, 3 of which are saved for the reserve, that little fuel valve that I once forgot to turn back to ON from the RES postion on my previous XR250… yeah, it was a long push home for me.
A couple years later I now make sure that valve always says ON, yet when the bike started choking at around the 130km mark I was a little surprised. Of course the reserve got me to a fuel station but 130kms didn’t feel right at all. So I checked online…and sure enough that’s exactly what I should be getting.
I found this site called Fuelly.com, I’ve never heard of it before and never really needed it either. But that’s where I found another FMX owner in Greece who’s been logging fuel ups for the past 3,000kms and basically proved to me that I’m just about average on my fuel consumption.
This information I could have figured out before ever buying the bike of course, I knew of the 11liter tank and I knew that Honda listed 6.5liters/100km as average fuel consumption. A little math and this wouldn’t have been so eye opening for me now. Perhaps I was just wishful thinking that I’d get something better, I don’t know. The bike is a shit load of fun around the city and just beyond it on the Polish countryside, but I was semi-hoping to do a long distance ride here and there, like the Odessa trip I had mentioned. However 1,400kms with a fuel stop every 140kms is out of the question…I think.
Ideas? Hmm… a used Honda Transalp for the 2014 season? Trade in the Funmoto at the end of this year? Get a second bike? We’ll see how this season goes, after all, it just started.
Here’s my beginning of Fuelly.com gas consumption tracking. I’ve only logged in two fuel ups so far, but I’ll keep track from now on.