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Offline Colin

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« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2009, 12:11:00 am »
Chad, the knob you see on the side is only the idle-speed/throttle stop adjustment. That will not effect your mpg that much at all unless its idling really fast    Your best option is to see if you can attend a wrench session or have someone local take a look at if for you.  Even set for "performance" I would not expect it to give 33mpg.    Colin Prior  Cogmos Administrator  Lake Forest Park WA  COG#7767  
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« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2009, 09:52:00 am »
I had this on my '97, and it really bummed me out. I think the previous owner jetted it with a Stage 1 kit but was not sure. I performed a "baffleectomy" and mileage went up 3mpg immediately. Have you done this on your Connnie?  David in Jax, FL   COG# 7898 CDA #   2002 ZZR-1200 "Magic Carpet"  2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500 LC "Luxury Couch"
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« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2009, 10:03:00 am »
A bafflectomy?    As much as I like riding, I have little interest in wrenching.  I will have to get someone more experience to check the innards of my motor stuff.  : 37k miles  2007 Ninja 250: 15k miles
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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2009, 06:19:00 pm »
Okay, interesting news to report.    155 miles traveled, 3.5 gallons to fill up.  44 MPG.  :)    Maybe it just needed re-breaking in after sitting so much?  Or maybe did having to switch to reserve and running it that way for 20 miles maybe shake something loose?    : 37k miles  2007 Ninja 250: 15k miles  
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« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2009, 01:36:00 pm »
Chad, I would recommend running the tank down till it hits reserve and then filling.  The more you put in, the more accurate the calculation will be.  Oh, practice going to Reserve before running it that low.  Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2009, 01:48:00 pm »
Chad, the bafflectomy is easy and it works. The muffler has 3 internal canisters, and the bafflectomy opens up the one on the end with a 3/4 or 1" piece of rebar like you can buy at Lowes in the concrete department. Pound it into the muffler until you feel it pierce one piece of steel and then pull it out. Repeat on the other side. Here is a thread on it:    Bafflectomy  David in Jax, FL   COG# 7898 CDA #   2002 ZZR-1200 "Magic Carpet"  2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500 LC "Luxury Couch"
2002 Kawasaki ZZR1200 for riding with the wife
2004 SV650S for riding solo and on the track
2007 DRZ400SM for riding solo and on the track (lots of fun in 38hp)
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« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2009, 02:04:00 pm »
Ah, a muffler mod.  That makes sense now.  THOSE baffles.  With the bike suddenly jumping in MPG, I don't know if I want to make my pipes louder (even if it just a little) than they already are.  I like quiet.    As for running the down tank down to reserve to get an accurate measurement, I disagree.  My previous re-fills had been at 150 miles each, except for the day I had to run on reserve, but it was only after that fill-up did I jump 11 MPG.    I have to fill-up tomorrow, so I will report back if my recent results were an aberration or not.  : 37k miles  2007 Ninja 250: 15k miles
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« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2009, 02:23:00 pm »
Chad, the b/e only gives it a little more rumble at off-idle engine speeds. At any kind of speed the wind noise is louder than the pipes. Kawasaki builds great intake systems and congested exhaust systems, and this fixes the Conk nicely and inexpensive. If you search the other Concours board (www.concours.org, the not official board of COG) there have been discussions about this with many happy customers. It's a permanent fix and I loved it on my '97 - the bike just ran better.   David in Jax, FL   COG# 7898 CDA #   2002 ZZR-1200 "Magic Carpet"  2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500 LC "Luxury Couch"
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« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2009, 02:45:00 pm »
I will give the bafflectomy some thought.    Something from a previous reply got me thinking.  What if my MPG difference was due to winter/summer blend differences?  It is possible the station I went to had a summer blend in the tank since warm weather is around the corner.  : 37k miles  2007 Ninja 250: 15k miles
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« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2009, 09:03:00 am »
Possible, but not likely around here in NC.  Most places are still running the 10% stuff here.    As a side note, I did an iron butt ride 2 weeks ago and averaged close to 39 for the trip at 75 to 80 mph speeds.  I checked my tire pressures last night as I haven't ridden in better than a week due to weather.  My rear was about 30 and the front 25.  Ouch!  I'd bet tire pressures had some negative impact on my ride.  Hopefully the mileage you recently got is indicative of what it should be.      I'm commuting on the c10 this week and will do some riding Saturday to get another check on mpg.  

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« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2009, 07:00:00 pm »
41 MPG with the recent fill-up.  198 miles on 4.8 gallons.     :confuse:    I am not going to question this.  I am just going to accept it and be happy.  : 37k miles  2007 Ninja 250: 15k miles
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