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How Much Does It Cost For Fuel?

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This BMW model has a different fuel tank which is on the right side of the bike. It has 16 L fuel tank. You have to get off from the bike to refuel. Normal fuel tank sits at the front. As for your own safety, do not refuel when you are on the bike.

I did some calculation to determine the cost of fuel during this ride. My journey was combination of urban area, small town, highway, major roads, secondary roads and palm oil plantation roads. My speed ranges between different type of roads and number of vehicles at that time. I used RON95 fuel which was sold at RM2.10 (before 2 October 2014 increase of 20 cents). The exchange rate for Malaysia Ringgit (MYR) to US Dollar is at RM3.25 during that weekend. I exchanged ringgit to dollar as comparison. My height is about 174 cm or 5′ 8″ and weight 77 kg or 170 pound.

Date Refuelling Station

Ringgit

Dollar

Litre

27/9/2014 Petronas Raub

18.36

5.65

8.74

27/9/2014 Shell Kuala Krai

25.31

7.79

12.05

28/9/2014 Petronas Kok Lanas

14.28

4.39

6.80

28/9/2014 Shell Wakaf Mempelam

15.71

4.83

7.48

28/9/2014 Shell Gua Musang

16.59

5.10

7.90

29/9/2014 Petronas Genting Sempah

20.28

6.24

9.66

Total

110.53

34.01

52.63

Total mileage (km)

1372

1372

1372

Fuel per km travelled (ringgit/dollar/litre)

0.08

0.02

3.84

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 3.6 L
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 4.8 L

 

According to BMW Motorrad, this bike consumes 3.6 L or 4.8 L of fuel per 100 km depending on your speed. On average, my journey consumed 3.84 L per 100 km which is not bad at all. I am not comparing its fuel consumption with others. Just making a comparison to what it claims to perform.

It was 548 km the day I received it. I travelled 1372 km and now it’s due for first service (a small reminder appeared on top of the mileage done).

There are digital displays for gear level, time, outside temperature, fuel and engine temperature. Fuel bar does not change much with the fuel remains but it will tell you when the tank is half empty or zero. I refueled when it is half emptied just because I do not want to be out-of-fuel with a new BMW bike. Most of the time, the digital temperature gauge stayed at the same level indicating appropriate engine temperature. During stop at traffic intersection, the radiator fan starts to kick in keeping temperature stable. Overall, quite decent display but BMW can improve. It is missing few digital info such as battery voltmeter and fuel/mileage to empty.

When it rains, all the display get really difficult to read. The backlight is not helping much of the digital display. I took several photos after succeeding heavy rain for an hour.

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Author: Shamsul

Work as civil servant, administer management of condominium, love bikes and promote public transportation

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