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Hi. Im new to this forum and I am new to motorcycling and touring. I am planning a bit of a loop trip that will take me to Princeton, up the 5A and then over the connector to Kelowna. My question is about fuel consumption. With normal riding I get about 190 - 200Km before my fuel light comes on. I have ridden 30km into the reserve before. The distance for that bit of the trip ( Princeton to Kelowna ) is approx 150km. So no problem, I hope. My question is, how much does a hill like the one on the connector burn fuel? Granted I guess I am coming down the other side. My bike is somewhat small, 800cc and 95HP. I need to keep the revs up to get the speed out of it. Any help would be cool. thank you.
 

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You'll be okay if you have that range. As a new rider, you should not be that aggressive anyways, so the hills will not eat up any extra fuel for you.
 

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you only get 200km before the light comes on on an f800gt? that seems quite low. I get at least 250km on my S1000r until the light goes on, normal highway riding. At any rate, you'll be fine in this situation.
 

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Thank you all for your help. Im not an aggressive rider at all. I read that my fuel light comes on with 3 litres left in the tank. My tank is 15 litres. The last time it came on with 6km into the reserve I put 11 litres in to fill so it does seem to come on a bit early. But its good to know that even with the light on I should be able to get about 50km more. I just wasn't sure how much steep grades affected that. Im going in June before school is out, I hope the weather will be okay by then. Now the questions is where to go from Kelowna? I'm kinda torn between heading north and stopping in at that M/C museum near Salmon Arm ( if its still there ). Or heading south and coming back on the 3. I have a friend I'm staying at in Kelowna and i have a sister in Kamloops. Thank you again for all the help.
 

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Me and a buddy ripped up to Princeton and back on Friday for a beer, highway 3 was in pretty good shape for this early in the year. Dusty and some gravel in the corners but still an amazing rip.
 

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Or you're perhaps holding the nozzle too deep into the tank and no getting a true full fill...


Thank you all for your help. Im not an aggressive rider at all. I read that my fuel light comes on with 3 litres left in the tank. My tank is 15 litres. The last time it came on with 6km into the reserve I put 11 litres in to fill so it does seem to come on a bit early. But its good to know that even with the light on I should be able to get about 50km more. I just wasn't sure how much steep grades affected that. Im going in June before school is out, I hope the weather will be okay by then. Now the questions is where to go from Kelowna? I'm kinda torn between heading north and stopping in at that M/C museum near Salmon Arm ( if its still there ). Or heading south and coming back on the 3. I have a friend I'm staying at in Kelowna and i have a sister in Kamloops. Thank you again for all the help.
 

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From Kelowna back to the LMD a different way it's North on Westside Road to 97, through Kamloops and then over to #1 and down or up and around the Duffey Lake Rd. over to Pemberton and then South.

Adding in the Duffey makes it a pretty long haul though.

You can also loop around Nelson but once again that adds a lot to the home leg.

The MC Museum is still going; if you want to see that from Kelowna it's Westside to 97 to Salmon River Road and along #1 to Balmoral.
 

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Easy.
Fill up in Abbotsford (cheap!) Princeton, again in Kelowna.
You're stopping once too often for fuel, but then again the peace of mind is worth it.
 

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Me and a buddy ripped up to Princeton and back on Friday for a beer, highway 3 was in pretty good shape for this early in the year. Dusty and some gravel in the corners but still an amazing rip.
Like your avatar says. Must have been brisk through Allison Pass - it's still winter up there.
 

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Is that 190-200 in the city or highway? I get significantly better mileage on the highway, your bike is likely much more efficient than mine and I never sweat trips around the interior.

If you're getting nervous continue up to Merritt, fill up then down to Kelowna. Won't add much to your trip.
 

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Thats true, Merritt is pretty close to where the 5A hits the connector. The 190 - 200km is mixed riding. I was reading the F800GT forum and that seems to be what people are getting before the light comes on. Im going to take the northern route and stop at the M/C museum. I seem to remember it being nice but I didn't really look at all the bikes the same way I might now that I own a bike. Ill come down the #1 I think from Kamloops. I did do the Duffy lake loop once and I did make it but I certainly didn't break any speed records, haha. One of the guys I was riding with commented when we were in Pemberton ( we did the loop counter clockwise ) At least i don't have to clean my visor, we didn't go fast enough o kill any bugs!. Thank you again for all the help.
 
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