First trip with bike. Puzzling MPG.
This morning, my dad and I took off for a small road trip, about 200 miles. I made 3 fuel stops: 1 at start of trip; once about 85 miles in; and again about 5 miles from home.
- The MPG at stop 2 was around 51 MPG. Only added 1.66 gallons of gas to top it off. Drove 85 miles before refilling. 2nd fill up since adding Seafoam.
- The MPG at stop 3 was around 37 MPG on reserve. I added over 3 gallons of gas to top it off. Drove 110 miles before hitting reserve. Drove another 5 miles before finding gas station.
- Total trip average of 44 MPG.
The trip out included curvy, hilly roads. The trip back was a straight shot with very few hills and curves. I also had a south wind, not strong enough to slow me down, to deal with on the way back. The bike also has a wind shield installed with it leaning as far back as possible for increase aerodynamics. Nothing about the bike changed from start to finish. It ran like a champ the whole time. Is what I experienced a result of bad gas? Possible the heat caused the gas to evaporate faster? Certainly a slight head wind would not cause a 14 MPG deviation.
I figured the bike was more consistant thanthis. I get better MPG in town than I did during the drive home.
Any ideas? Or am I just being paranoid? Thanks!
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