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I was just wondering what are the best ways to reduce the fuel consumption on a 2003 600 Classic? (Aside from parking it.)
 

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Make sure you are running the track as loose as you can with out ratcheting, make sure the clutches are shifting all the way out, stay off the fun lever!!
 

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easiest and most effective way is to have a granny thumb. Although some sleds I have seen actually use less gas running harder, mostly because they are carbed. Carbs really really suck when it comes to anything but full throttle and idle. They rely on all sorts of airflow venturis and crap that really doesnt work well at all for mid range throttle.

So the sleds that run at no throttle or full throttle almost exclusivly are working at the carbs most effective range. Keep in mind though this only works if you have the carbs tuned perfectly.
 

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tow it with another sled! lol[/b]
Ha ha! lol. I think the sled doing the hauling would burn more gas than it typically would, lol. I think I'll just leave it the way it is. Y'know a 600 carbed is going to be harder on gas than a 900 injected anyway... heck the 900 injected is easier on gas than the 500 carbed. It just sucks that the 500 burns $1 more (well, gas just went up, but one week ago... lol) than the 900 at 73 miles, and the 600 burns $14 more than the 900 after 73 miles. How come every month for the past two months, and now this one, gas is going up ten cents a litre??? Rip off!!! There's no reason for gas to EVER be more than $1/L especially with the current economy in relation to the past 15 years. So why is it now going past $1.20/L??? Mafia... mafia... mafia... and the government...(a part of mafia). It's going to cost me an extra $21 this weekend just because of the increase in gas prices overnight.
 

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Reduce speed. LOL. I answered my own question. When the 3 of us rode around 45mph, dad's 600 burned less than $2 more than my Fusion. When we cracked it open, the Fusion didn't burn any more gas than it did at 45mph than it did at 75mph, but the 600 burned $14 more than I did, once again. It's partly because of the suspension setup, and partly because of the clutching on the touring style sled, even if it's a 1-up. (the 600 classic has a completely different clutch from the XC/SP, The cluth on the XC/SP is identical to the 900 Fusion's clutch). In other words: a performance sled is geared for higher speeds, and gets better mileage above 50mph. Whereas a touring sled is geared for speeds bellow 50mph and gets a better mileage bellow 50mph. Also, the big 9 didn't feel the hills at all, but the other two sleds did. Before the hills, the 500 was getting almost $1 better than me. But once we hit the hills, the 9 stayed a good $4 better than the 5.
 

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Also, I've heard there are spring kits for your clutch which can change the fuel economy of your sled by preventing it from over-revving. :)
 

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easiest and most effective way is to have a granny thumb. Although some sleds I have seen actually use less gas running harder, mostly because they are carbed. Carbs really really suck when it comes to anything but full throttle and idle. They rely on all sorts of airflow venturis and crap that really doesnt work well at all for mid range throttle.

So the sleds that run at no throttle or full throttle almost exclusivly are working at the carbs most effective range. Keep in mind though this only works if you have the carbs tuned perfectly.[/b]
Not just carbed... I get better mileage above 50MPH than I do at any speed bellow 50mph. I believe it's the clutching, altered efficiency point vs rpm.
 
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