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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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What's your gas mileage like?

I know I've seen this thread before, but it didn't come up with several thread searchs. So here's the question...

What kind of gas mileage does your VN750 get?

Just took a 400 mile round trip ride with my wife on board, and we got an incredible 55.8 MPG when averaging 55 MPH, and we got 52.8 MPG when averaging 65 MPH.

Normally I get between 46-52 MPG depending on my average speed and amount of stop & go traffic I'm in. But I rarely have a passenger on board. I also keep both tires at 32 PSI.

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Stop and go traffic, 70-75 MPH when the car pool lane is clear, and a lot of hard acceleration when I get a chance and I average around 45 mpg commuting to work.

I'm sure with a passenger your taking it easier on the throttle, highway only riding should also be helping with the mileage.
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I swear I get better gas mileage with my wife on the bike. I think (in my absolutly unexpert opinion) it is because with my wider body and her narrow body it creates more of a smoother shape for the slip stream. Instead of my wide body and the wind curling around my back, creating more drag.

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Most of my riding involves commuting to and from work (though touring is in my future). My mileage is much better riding the back-road twisties to work than it is on the open highway. I've gotten from 38 (was doing nothing but riding a 20 mile stretch of 75 mph road several days per week) to 52. I got 49.5 on the last tank. My running average is 46.5.

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50 to 55 MPG here depending on the riding im doing!

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50 to 55 MPG here depending on the riding im doing!
X2---Have got as low as 50 and once got 60mpg...
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If your getting anything in the 50's ....good for you.

No bike seems to be alike here and as I have mentioned many times you can only make comparisons on mpg figures over a wide time line. Running down a highway for 300 miles with the wind at your back and only going 55-60 will be alot different than going into a strong headwind at 75 mph.

Saddlebags, windscreens, rider size or posture make a difference too. Not to mention how you ride. I tend to start off with the throttle pinned WFO and try to get through the gears as fast as I can until I am going at least 5-15 mph OVER the speed limit. Thus, on the Vulcan , I averaged around 38 mpg.

But I did not buy the bike for high mpg numbers, I bought it to have FUN.


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I swear I get better gas mileage with my wife on the bike. I think (in my absolutly unexpert opinion) it is because with my wider body and her narrow body it creates more of a smoother shape for the slip stream. Instead of my wide body and the wind curling around my back, creating more drag.
usually when i have a passenger 2 things happen one im usually on a treck as opose to stop and go and 2 i tend to behave myself with less throttle, my guess is weight and grag have little to nothing to do with it but again this is just my experiance and what do i know

btw between 50 and 55 until i moved closer to work then it droped to the 40's somewhere .... i'll repost in a couple more weeks with better ideas ... with the modified tank well it only saw 50 miles so im not exactly sure how far i could have gone but i bet i could have seen 200 - 250 befor filling up...



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mine runs between 47 and 57mpg. Depending on where I am and what I am doing. Weekend before last I got 57. I was doing gentle sweeps down curvey roads. If I am trying to keep up with the ole fart I will get as low as 47mpg. Like ya'll said it depends on where and how I am driving.

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Between 48 and 54, depends on conditions.


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