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post #1 of 61 Old 02-01-2020, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Zombie Apocalypse / Most Range on a Tank Challenge

Just for fun. When the zombie apocalypse happens 😄 the Rebel 250 would make a good survival vehicle. Because, you know, gasoline will be hard to come by so it would have to be used sparingly.

I searched for a maximum range thread, if it exists I didn't find it. What brought this up is, I ran full blast to my dad's house and it barely made it. Now I have found a shorter route on all surface streets. For those that have seen my Rebel AFR thread, I think maximum mpg would be achieved in the 45 mph - 50 mph zone.

So my challenge is going to be to make it all the way to my dad's house and back on one tank of fuel (2.6 gallons, 270 miles). I tend to believe if weather conditions are good, and speed is held to 50 mph or less, 100 mpg is possible.

This trip would be 270 miles ... so 100 mpg won't quite cut it. So I'm going to be having to be playing games, like killing the engines and coasting downhill as much as possible.

Yeah I know. I'm crazy. But the Rebel is just a toy for me so I'm gonna play. Either way, during this challenge, I can tell by when it goes on reserve if I'm going to be able to make it home before completely running dry. So I can siss out and gas up before I do if I need to.

This challenge will be in the spring 2020 sometime.

Up until then, WHAT'S THE FURTHEST YOU'VE GONE ON A TANK OF FUEL?


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Best mileage I ever got was 85 mpg, cruising back roads in the 35-45 mph range. Can't remember total miles, but I had switched to reserve about 10 miles before filling up. A minimum range that day would be around 180 miles. There's no way I could have made 270.

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I'm not likely to make it, but I'm going to try. I figure coasting engine off will be required. I'm glad the Rebel is so mechanical and that the speedometer / odometer will work just fine with the engine off.

My life depends on this. If I don't make it back home, the zombies will get me. 😄

Oh, and I'm going to stuff as much gas into it as possible ... until it's about to spill out. Every drop will count. I might have to get a tankful of no ethanol gas. I have to believe 2.6 gallons of E0 will have more energy than E10. Need every advantage I can get.


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if you want to avoid zombies you should not bobberize your Rebel - zombies are most attracted to bobbers from what i have seen on the zombie documentaries available everywhere - you never see a stock bike in these films
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I might have to get a tankful of no ethanol gas.
In a zombie apocalypse you won't have the luxury of picking and choosing where you get your gas
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If you plan to ride until it runs out of gas, I assume you'll be carrying some fuel to get it to a gas station?

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I might have to get a tankful of no ethanol gas.
In a zom abie apocalypse you won't have the luxury of picking and choosing where you get your gas
Ted, you're right. But until the zombie apocalypse breaks loose, I think I'll get E0 for the research aspect of trying to make it all the way there and back. 😄

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If you plan to ride until it runs out of gas, I assume you'll be carrying some fuel to get it to a gas station?
I didn't think about that, but that's a good idea. Could just carry a coke bottle full of gas. Suppose that could be done during the zombie apocalypse too ... but the challenge is to do it with ONLY the gas the bike can carry in its tank.

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Interesting tread.
I have an aftermarket fuel tank, about 3.5 gallons, plus an auxiliary 1.5 gallon fuel tank in the rear.
With my driving style, back road touring rarely above 50, around 350 miles puts me into reserve,
usually with 40 to 60 remaining miles before empty.
I also keep a .75 liter fuel bottle in one of the saddle bags for being stupid.
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Ron - You can go further than my bladder would allow. I just went home at lunch and fired up The Piglett. I was real smart last time I brought it home. I turned the petcock to OFF upon entering my neighborhood and ran it plum out of fuel, rolled it down the driveway and parked it.

But what I forgot about was I was on RES when I switched it to OFF. It fired right back up once I switched it to RES but since I'm so smart, now I don't know how far I went on RES before I got home. And didn't have time to go to the gas station during lunch. I could be on vapor. I guess I could open it and slosh it and make a judgement.

Either way, when I leave work, I've got to tippy toe to the NO ETHANOL gas station. I'm going to go ahead and try to run a tank or two of E0 so that way when I do my Zombie Apocalypse run to my dad's house, there will be little no ethanol left in the tank.

I think I figured one time that with E10, the result is somewhere in the neighborhood of 3% less energy. Something like that. Probably on the nets somewhere.


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What about adding a coil of copper tubing th replace most of your fuel line?
You could connect the ends to petcock and carb with a short length of regular soft fuel line, and the coil will hold potentially a few ounces of fuel.

The cooling effect could gain you a few MPGs

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