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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Mine does exactly 60 mph at 4000. And at that speed, I get mileage in the high 40s. But here in AZ the speed limit on freeways is 75, so I ride an indicated 80 mph, which is right on an actual 75. At that speed, fuel consumption goes up dramatically, and I get about 35 mpg. The high RPMs don't really bother me, but they can make you (me) feel a sense of urgency for some reason, which makes it a bit harder to relax. My Goldwing has the same feel at lower RPMs. It feels like it is turning faster than it is. The Harley on the other hand runs just over 3,000 rpm at an indicated 80, you can almost count the power pulses. IMO, it does not vibrate nearly as bad at that speed as most people claim. I still have all my fillings. It is a rubber mounted EVO, but not balanced. It does vibrate, but it is a much lower frequency vibration which will almost put you to sleep. Definitely my favorite highway bike for long trips. And it gets considerably better mileage than the Vulcan at an indicated 80 mph. The Goldwing (1200/four) gets 35 mpg no matter how you ride it.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike