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Average mpg...?

Hello all,

I did a search of the forum, but couldn't find anything about miles per gallon, so I thought I would post a question : what is the average mpg you all get?

I ask because I was figuring I would get between 40-45mpg, and it seems like I am only getting 35. Does that seem low, or is it about average? Of course I realize there are a lot of variables - highway vs city, laying into the throttle a lot, etc. That's why I said average.

My bike only has about 8000 orig. miles on it (1989) and is in really good shape. Seems to me like I should be getting a little better than 35... any thoughts?

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i get about 45, thats a mix of highway and city miles. i drive conseravtivly (sp)

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i get about 45, thats a mix of highway and city miles. i drive conseravtivly (sp)
As I remember I even beat that a bit, more like 50-55 mpg, didn't do much city ridin but mostly on the backroads... I think you should get close to, if not 50 mpg. ... Maybe add a bit of SeaFoam to clean up the carbs., and clean the air filters...???
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Hello all,

I did a search of the forum, but couldn't find anything about miles per gallon, so I thought I would post a question : what is the average mpg you all get?
I know there have been threads on this, just a bit hard to find because of how the threads were titled.

First off, you can't go by one tank of gas , you need to track a few of them, and pay attention to how and where you are riding.

I ride my bikes lot I stole them, so I tended to get mpg figures in the mid
30's myself.

Stuff like wind, windsheild size...your size, and terrain have an effect too. How far up are you from sea level?

Has the bike been altered at all from stock? Could it have been re-jetted?

How are you measusing the fuel you use? By looking in the gas cap or running each tank till the bike begs for reserve?

The fast way to get a ball park number on your mpg is to run the bike until it starts to stutter and needs to go to reserve. Carry a one gallon can of gas with you, pour it in the tank , zero your trip-meter and run the bike until it runs out again.

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I get about 38 when I ride hard, and close to 48 mpg when I take it easy. I could probably do better than that, but what fun would that be.

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Here's the best way to figure MPG:
Fill the tank,
Zero the trip meter,
Ride like the wind!
After your done riding, fill the tank again,
Note the gallons added and do it again,
Divide the miles traveled by the gallons added.
Do this a few times and take an average of the totals.
You should get I would expect, around 50 mph. Now, I must say I haven't done this myself as I'm still in trials with this machine. BUT, the HD I had was getting 30-35 mpg. It had 100 HP AT THE REAR WHEEL. So, I expected as much. Normally the HD's get about 45-50 depending on riding style and they're alot heavier.
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the best i have gotten is 55 on the highway, about 45-50 anywhere else

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I have oversized tires front and rear, ride a combination of city and four lane roads. Last three tanks averaged 49.5 mpg.
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I usually get about 40. Would be higher if I'd just slow down a little. Forgot how...

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