Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

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Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by Tenere Andre » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:30 pm

Hi all. Just wondering if any of you would know how much fuel a Tenere 660 should carry crossing the Simpson via the Frenchline (mount dare to Birdsville) My mate and i are attempting a crossing in August this year unsupportted. His on a DR650 and myself on a Tenere 660. We are planning to take 3 days to cross it. Im thinking I should carry 2 x 10lt fuel cans plus my 23lt in tank a total of 43lt. Any advice would be greatly appreciatted.

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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by Metzy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:29 pm

What sort of fuel economy are you getting now. Last tank my 2010 XT 660Z used 18.12L to 370.5Km riding too and from work which is probably 80% 100Km/h. That is using Caltex Vortex 95.

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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by Tenere Andre » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:50 am

I get about 45O km out of tank (23lt) maybe more but its the sand factor that im trying to work out. Im thinking of tanking 20lt in a jerry can giving me a total of 43lt. But i would love to know if anyone thinks this is enough or how much they would take.

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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by Whitey » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:48 pm

I know there are lots of Simpson preparation threads over on advrider in the Oz section. Check out the sticky thread index or simply do a search.

btw, your calcs sound about right to me. Back in 2008 when I was planning a Simpson run (unrealised :roll: ) I had figured on taking 40 litres on my DRZ.

Oh, and I want to see a ride report ! :D
Graham
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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by Tenere Andre » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:27 pm

Thanks graham i'll check it out! if anyone else has done this ride on a XTZ660 and has fuel usage I would be greatly appreciative for any info.

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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by mauriceb » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:47 pm

i read an article last night on the simpson crossing of 2 guys one on a 690 ktm and dr 650 from mt dare to birdsville the ktm used 36 liters and the dr used 38 liters there km reading was said to be 515km so 1 liter takes you 13.55 km on the dr however mt dare to birdsville is actually 435km via french line/qaa and 495km via french-rig-waa-knolls-french-qaa . the french line has the most sand and dunnes ,i have crossed it many time but in a landcruiser hope to do it again this winter on my dr650 .The extra km these fellows did was because of the 50/70 km northern by pass of eyre creek during the wet 2010/2011

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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by tryhard » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:23 pm

We crossed last year Birdsville to Mt Dare via French Line, then Hay River Track to Birdsville. I think it's easier from Mt dare to Birdsville as the dunes are steeper but shorter.
I had 26 lt + 16 lt in Jerry cans & I used 36 ltrs . Now 6 lts seems like a lot but when you have detours because of water/mud & you are looking at your tank emptying quickly it doesn't seem like much. i think that 42 ltr would be minimum.
The DR used 38 ltrs.

PS Keep it as light as possible as they are heavy bikes in the sand ( all bikes not just the Tenere)
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Re: Fuel usage for 660 Tenere in Simpson

Post by mauriceb » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:45 pm

cheers tryhard .i read your post a few time on adv , great story . i have been up the hay river 4 times now first 2004 in a 4x4 plus all the west aust deserts . it was guys like you that inspired me to return to offroad bikes when i stopped and met many riders even some that required help. so late last year i brought a dr 650 and have now finish it completely for a trip like this . if you dont mind i will show this link of yours so others can read http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786678

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