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post #31 of 49 Old 08-08-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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My theory is that the U.S. uses corn as an economic "tool" internationally, and when this is not happening, corn farmers are either subsidized, or they are making ethanol. A buffer purpose.

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post #32 of 49 Old 08-08-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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Ohio gas has ethanol in it. 10-15%

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Oh Yeah, but much larger subsidies go to Petro-Chemical, obviously. Which means that tax dollars end up in the pockets of lobbyists and policy makers. On face value, it appears that subsidies make things like milk and gasoline affordable for the working poor. But the hidden costs of goods and services is never fully revealed. And we are all utimately dependent to some degree, on the masters of the supply chain. Somehow we manage to continue to survive: "The large print giveth and the small print taketh away!"

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I wonder if the tank capacity as stated in the owner's manual is accurate in "real life" if I fill the tank to the bottom of the part of the "filler" hole into which the fuel cap is attached?
I do not "top it off" to coax more fuel into the tank when I replenish the gasoline. I also hold the bike upright when refueling. (I do get 75+ miles per gallon using non-ethanol fuel.)
I know I could run the tank empty at the filling station and thus be able to answer my own question, but I figure someone may already have done that and will chime in.
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You make a strong case for the ambiguities that plague gas mileage statistics. There are so many riding condition variables alone that can impact gas consumption that I just consider what I get on average as a "ball park" figure. I rarely let my tank get below about 1/2 full. But I rarely ride more than a 50 mile distance. It is not that difficult to open the cap and visually check the level. But if you calculate that you are getting 75 mpg or more, then I'd say your bike is in top shape. The 2019 Rebel 300 only boasts 71mpg. That is with fuel injection and weighing in at 364lbs.

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I can chime in, LOL! Yes the stated reserve capacity is real. I once filled up and the gas receipt said 2.6+ gallons. That was before I started the habit of rocking the bike side to side to get a few more ounces of fuel.

I normally don't run the tank that low. But since I knew my gas mileage, once I put it on reserve I started going slower for better gas mileage. Keeping receipts and learning the bikes gas mileage over various speeds really helped me in this situation!
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I've not done over about a 50 mile ride. It will get longer. I've hit one 70+ mpg tank. It might have been 71 mpg. I'm averaging about 67 mpg. But I'm a bit more rural than most of you probably, so it is not uncommon for me to be running 55 mph - 65 mph. That will stop me from hitting 80 mpg or greater. Although, I don't consider my bike fully broken in either, with about 650 miles or so.

And in the near future, I'm going to be doing WOT / AFR / rejetting testing. So I doubt I'm going to see really good mpg for a while yet.

Someone asked if anyone carries an extra gallon. I'm with flitecontrol. My rear bumper would be asking for a break before I hit reserve. So to carry another gallon would be hiney suicide. But may be done if I was out west somewhere ... but even at that, surely a gas station can be found in 140 miles. The Piglet so far seems to hit reserve consistently between 140 and 145 miles. Lovin the Rebel!


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Iím also right around 650 on the odometer. I was wondering when a Rebel engine is considered broken in?

As for carrying extra fuel.... Yes, filling stations are plentiful in most areas. And taking a saddle-break every couple hours is desirable.

But there are places where filling stations are far between, and there are times when stopping for gas can just mean a detour from the planned route. Carrying extra fuel allows for different route planning, and lets a rider cut it closer on the main tank/reserve without risking dire consequences.

Iíd like to have some spare fuel for longer rides/camping trips. Just to eliminate any worry about running out of fuel. I donít ever want to have to push the bike!

I am planning to explore the possibility of adapting to the Rebel one of those little canteen gas tanks that Honda sold with their CT 90/110 Trail bikes. I think it holds about half a gallon or so (need to check that.) The bracket bolts to the side of the rear fender, and the tank is key-locked. If itís not compatible for some reason, then the small flat gerry cans would be my next choice.

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You want to bolt a moltov cocktail to the rear end of your brand - spanking new bike???? Do what you like but I think it is a bad idea.

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I’m also right around 650 on the odometer. I was wondering when a Rebel engine is considered broken in?
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Never had an owners manual, but yours may indicate what the break in mileage is. Think the first oil change is due at 600 miles. Lacking information to the contrary, I would consider an engine that has been ridden that far to be broken in.
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