How many Miles on a Tank of Gas?

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  • twenty34

Posted May 11, 2007 - 07:46 PM


How far can I go comfortably (YZ450) on a tank of gas riding the desert? Will be a combination of wide open for periods and just messing around kinda riding.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 11, 2007 - 08:02 PM


The most I've put on the stock '03 tank (according to the guy on the XR650 who was on the ride) was 38 miles. It was a fairly easy ride, as it was the first time out after breaking both arms. We were going at a pretty good clip, but not many WOT bursts. Wasn't much left in the tank when I got back.

Rides of 25-30 miles (by GPS) are fairly typical, and we seem to be able to run pretty hard on the stock tank without getting close to running out. There's a lot of variables in something like that, of course.

  • BergArabia

Posted May 12, 2007 - 04:03 AM


I can ride for about 2 hours on a tank I think..
How far that would take me would depend on lots of things..
But I defer to greater experience.
If Gray says it is 38 miles then that is your number...

  • grayracer513

Posted May 12, 2007 - 08:16 AM


How far that would take me would depend on lots of things..

That's the key point, isn't it. I suppose one of these I could go ride around until it actually went dry, and then I'd know, but something seems flawed about that strategy.

I can see two hours. We ride for about 1 1/2-2 hours per ride, too, but what we do, and how fast we're going tends to vary a lot. The 38 mile ride included about 5 miles on a graded road at high speed in 4th, too. "Depends on a lot of things". :applause: Gives you an idea, though.

The Elsinore GP is 45 minutes per class (except for the big race), and that uses between a half and 2/3 of the stock tank. Remember that includes two runs up to the top of 4th gear on pavement per each of about 6 laps.

  • AlkalineOne

Posted May 13, 2007 - 09:30 PM


well, i made 60 miles on my 1.8 gallon yz450f! i was in ocotillo, i rode to superstition at a good speed averaging about quarter to half throttle, low rev. played around on the dune for about 20 minutes, with a few wide open approaches. i took it super easy the way back on pole line road to conserve gas. made it almost all the way back but ran out at 60 miles (according to GPS)

  • grayracer513

Posted May 13, 2007 - 10:13 PM


Pretty impressive. 25 mpg is something you can pretty much count on, but 33? Way to stretch it!

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  • atropine

Posted May 14, 2007 - 07:21 AM


I have a 3.2 gal tank, but the guy next to me was riding a stock '06 YZ 450 and we made it 55 miles to where we had stashed a gas can. He was pretty close to empty. It was a mix of of high-speed desert washes, double-track, and some sections of tighter singletrack.

  • Idaho_Stas

Posted May 14, 2007 - 08:26 PM


If I'm riding hard... 45 is pushing it ('06 stock tank)... usually closer to 40.

Riding real easy I've gone 50+... but definitely wouldn't recommend it in the desert.

My mileage is based on a Trailtech that is probably not totally dialed in... but it's a ballpark.

  • rooster wrooster

Posted May 15, 2007 - 05:50 AM


I have an '06 450 with a 3.2 gallon tank and ride all trails with a little of everything thrown in. I track the mileage with gps and figure out the miles per gallon pretty frequently. Its usually around 28-30. I don't ever remember it being more than 30. If I had a 1.8 gallon tank I could probably go about 54 miles before running dry with the type of riding I do.

  • Ranger18

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:46 AM


I'd say about 30 miles per gallon. I would not risk going on more than a 50 mile ride with out some extra gas.

  • yz4fun

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:32 PM


i got a over sized tank on my 04 450.30to 40 max on the stock tank.

  • cowboyona426

Posted May 15, 2007 - 08:50 PM


I've put around 60 miles on my old 426 before it needed fuel, I haven't had the chance to push the 450 yet. I'd say 40-50 would be a safe bet, but if I was close to either of those numbers I'd be wanting to pack or stash fuel just to play it safe.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 15, 2007 - 09:27 PM


The 426 carried 0.4 Gallons more than a 450 does.

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