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Is this true? (thinking about buying an RC51)

I have a Firebolt XB12R, and I was considering selling it and picking up an RC51. But after talking to a few people that have them, they all say they often only get around 30MPG. Which I thought was kind of surprising as my buell will get around 50-55 if I ride easy and around mid 40s if I ride it hard.

I was wondering is this normal? Granted I don't ride sportbikes for the MPG but if I had a choice between two different ones and one of them got 20 more MPG it would definitely tip the scales a bit.

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...I never check economy of my RC.
The faster the fuel depletes, the more fun I'm having.
It's a directly proportional thing

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28 to 38 mpg for me, depending on how hard or easy i ride.

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I'm getting around the 35 MPG.
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im around the 40mpg mark using 89 octane mobile

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Granted I don't ride sportbikes for the MPG but if I had a choice between two different ones and one of them got 20 more MPG it would definitely tip the scales a bit.
Ok, where to start.................you don't ride sportbikes for MPG but if one got 10 or 15 more mpg it would tip the scales. Without spilling any more words than needed there are far more important specs of a bike that need to be regarded before MPG BUT (a BIG but...haha.......anyways) that depends on your riding style & level of skill/knowledge.

Onto your ?, with 14K miles on my RC, around town / back road riding you're looking at 30-33 (implying hard riding) and on highway cruising at 75, about 38-42.

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I don't think it matters what mpg the bike gets. The fact that the tank is so bloody small, you're not going that far anyway!

If you want good mpg, buy a Prius.

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just buy the bigger tank from eti fuel cell!
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I don't think it matters what mpg the bike gets. The fact that the tank is so bloody small, you're not going that far anyway!

If you want good mpg, buy a Prius.
I am quite used to small tanks, my XB only holds a little over 3 gallons. (fuel light turns on after 120miles)

Thanks for the info guys. Like I said I was considering getting a different bike. The RC51 was one of several I was looking at, was just trying to get some info on them all before I decide. =)
(MPG was one of the few things I had trouble finding, or maybe my google-fo was just bad today.)
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