The range on my 500 is great. Iíve gotten 150 miles out of a tank.
Fuel economy on my 750 has been highly variable. Running on the interstate in high winds, heavily loaded, in a high drag configuration, have displaying great disdain for posted speed limits I've had the fuel light come on at 100 miles. Quietly cruising back roads I've gone 140 miles before the light comes on. This summer I'm really tempted to see if I can't get 175 miles out of a tank. I've already got the can for emergency gas, just in case.
I ride frequently on a highway where the speed limit is 80. In a headwind thatís about the max speed of this bike.
My daily commute is about 20 miles of rural interstate highway. In Iowa that's a 70mph speed limit, which the bike does comfortably. I've accidentally found myself doing 80, but anything above that you really have to work for.
A windshield is a must for the highway.
That was my initial impression, but last summer I took it off and adapted pretty quickly, at least for my commute. It's probably a good idea for longer rides at highway speed, though.
Itíll do it. Enjoy!
Many people seem to underestimate these bikes. I think that's due to the displacement arms race going on between manufacturers. They seem to think that you can't get past the city limit sign with anything less than a 103, which is just shy of 1,700cc.
As an example, last August I was chatting with a millennial sport bike rider at a demo days event for another brand. I mentioned buying a Sportster 1200 Custom to be more comfortable on weekend trips between central and southwest Iowa. Some guy at the neighboring table stands up and announces to the whole room that you can't do that on a Sportster. I'd done it half a dozen times on the xg750.
When I was a kid, a CB350 was considered a decent enough bike for scooting around town and local commuting. If you had a 500-600cc bike you could really go places!