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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Better gas mileage?

For those of you who haven't yet noticed, petroleum is now selling for well over $90 per barrel.......

If this sort of pricing keeps up for any real length of time, fuel will obviously get VERY expensive. Moreso than we've seen to date.....

With that said, I was curious who amongst us is seeing 50+ mpg consistently with their 750, and what mods (if any) you've done to your bike to achieve this kind of mileage....??? Or are you just driving the bike more conservatively (and if so, describe how)??

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50? Best I've seen is 41 on a long tame ride. What's interesting is that was 2 up, I generally get around 30-35 with my daily use (a 9.5 mile each way 5 stop hard acceleration ride). Come to think of it, I get around 35 with my freeway (80mph) cruises. If I'd slow the hell down I'd be better off.

That said, I think something's up with my carbs - I've just been too lazy to tear into them (bike runs pretty good... just kinda grumpy on startup and doesn't get great mileage even when I do baby the throttle for a whole tank.

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I'm sure if you nurse the throttle and keep at or below speed limits, you can eek out 50 mpg.
Anything over 5000 rpms and you can watch the fuel gauge needle drop while riding, so slow and easy does pay off.

Personaly I don't really care. I ride my ride and if I end up filling the tank a bit more often then someone else, big deal. I never have kept track of my mpg and likely never will. My car gets about 29 mpg so anything over that is a plus. My FJR is reported to get around 40 mpg and that is great in my book.
I guess if I lived somewhere that I commuted everyday 20+ miles to work and I wanted to save money on gas, I'd buy a scooter.....

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Hehe... yeah, it's not quite as therapeutic to ride like a grandpa. I've never ridden without the bike semi-routinely being over 5k rpm's (that's where the power band is after all).

People assume I ride the bike every day to save gas/ money. I quickly inform em that if that's all I wanted, I'd be better off driving an economy car - when ya figure in tires and the like, my economy car probably costs a teeny bit less per mile to drive.

Only savings is on insurance....

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An earlier thread on a very similar topic showed that most VN750 owners who responded were getting fuel mileage in the 40s or low 50s. Some were doing even better than that.

The test reports that I've seen on our bike suggest we can reasonably expect fuel economy (on a new one) to be in the mid 40s.

And of course we know the testers weren't exactly taking it easy, either.....

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I get high 40's to low 50's every week out of mine. I travel 20 miles to work but the roads I am on keep me at 65 or less. as long as I stay 65 MPH or less, I really don't notice much difference if it's 2 up or not.



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will try 1 more time tried to post 3 times before but site or my provider dropped it each time, and it was to lengthy to do this time. described the why. riding, changes etc. anyhow 57 mpg.
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Gas Mileage

I am something of a nut when it comes to numbers. I have kept up with my mileage at every fillup since I bought the bike (over 22K now). I go from a low of 46 to a high of 54 with the average being about 51 (better in summer than winter). I generally keep the RPM's under 5000.
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I noticed that with my small sheld in the summer I get colse to or over 50.
When I put the larger Plex Fair III it drops to the mid 40's.
I have no modifications to the motor.
If I go on the highway and cruse over 70 mph it drops.

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i dont ride for mileage but mileage will follow your ride. i live in the country, nearest convenience store is 20 miles round trip, town, 40 miles round trip, cycle shop, 90 mile round. so i probably have less than 5% stop and go . i ride with patriot guard , with harleys , wings, etc. at whatever speeds, ride with my son (honda super hawk 1000), he likes to play, we do. normally om these farm market roads 55-60, on freeways 65-70 or with flow. was running about 50-53 mpg when new, then put on v&h pipes and then 57-60 mpg. now i have added the 110 tire, with only 1 tank to check it is 57. before i retired , i worked for a school district, part of my duties required me to take numerous defensive driving courses, so i by nature and training try to avoid quick stops,etc. meaning when i ride for pleasure, rare screaming starts, or quick,off the throttle on the brake stops. all said i ride for pleasure not for the mpg, it just follows ride safe
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