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09-02-2008 11:20 PM
85vulcan for sum reason, w the stock tire size my speedo is about 5mph off on the plus side.
08-27-2008 10:41 PM
85vulcan ive never gotten below 48 and im not exactly easy on the throttle
08-27-2008 07:44 PM
dirtrack650 Right on Waterdog! the smile is worth it no mater what the MPG is (well, almost). Looks like you need to add a crotch rocket to your stable to be complete.

One thing's for certain, the faster you go the lower the mileage. I have noticed sense I installed HWY pegs, I'm lower in the wind so my mpg's are slightly better. I also have a small 'bug shield' that makes me a bit more slippery in the wind.

Be safe,

DT
08-27-2008 01:30 PM
waterdog I do some commuting on my wifes 2002 VN 750 with a Plexifairing 3 full sized windscreen. I started keeping records a couple of tankfuls ago, not happy with the mid - upper 30s mpg I seem to be getting. I'm waiting for a few more tankfuls to get a solid reading. I thought this bike should be in the low 50s or better.
Commute roundtrip is between 42 and 55 miles, depending on the route home. Trip runs about 2 suburban miles to the highway (from zero to 70 mph, sometimes steady 70, sometimes hit zero 3 or 4 times) for 5 miles. Then 2 laner at 40 - 50 mph until about 3 miles out, where it turns to 35/40 mph suburban again.
Riding home generally includes cross town for 6 miles, then about 30-34 miles of 30 to 55 mph, country 2 lanes.
My other rides are a Yamaha Warrior (102 ci v-twin that just wants to GO) and a Yamaha Venture (big road sofa with full fairing, side bags, tail trunk that weighs over 1100 # with me on board). I'm getting 44 mpg with the Venture and over 37 mpg on the Warrior on the same commute. I do ride each slightly different - more sedate on the big one, more wrist twisting on the hot rod, but the 750 I treat like a commuter scoot (after all, it is my wifes ride, and I ain't about to break it!).
I have a spread sheet that I record all my maintenance on for each bike, including fuel fill ups. Excel does all the calculations for me.
No matter which one I ride, I'm still saving around $50 a week by not filling my diesel pickup. And I usually get to work with a bit of a smile on my face.
08-21-2008 07:33 PM
Ken Knight Few months back went on a sunday ride with a buddy of mine,rode 128 miles,
anywhere between 50&70 miles per.and got 64 miles to the gallon.Now keeping in mind I am in Florida.(mostly flat) But any one who has ever rode through Clermont knows,there are some pretty good hills! If you do the math,I filled the tank before I left,and after I got back could only get 2 gallons in the tank ! Not too shabby by my standards
08-21-2008 02:37 PM
mark1461 Hard to believe 70 mph. I average around 50-55. 2005 vn750
08-21-2008 12:49 PM
Scootergptx I vary my route on the way to work. Part highway, part backroads. Where I know it's gonna be congested, I'll hit the streets. Not that it may be any safer, but at least if anything does happen, the pavement won't be moving as fast.

That being said, I have a hard time doing the 40mph limit in some spots. It's just so open, hardly any traffic and two lanes.

Still, I keep the mpg's in the mid to upper 40's riding that style.
08-21-2008 11:29 AM
dirtrack650 Boy I hear you about the idiots. When it's bad on I-5, I'll keep up with traffic (75-80) for safety but mileage drops fast. My commute is 64 miles RT.

DT
08-21-2008 11:00 AM
hbhobby I take the back roads to work with 45 mph limit because they'll let any and all idiots drive a car on the interstate. I drive 80 miles a day and have been averaging 48-51 mpg. Took a trip a couple of weeks ago and tried to get home before dark, stayed about 75-80 mph and mpg dropped to 38.
08-21-2008 10:41 AM
dirtrack650 OK, I'll do a speedo/trip meter test on I-5 with those mile marker stripes when I can. I'm doing everything I can to prove myself wrong on this. I've also been researching how temperature / humidity influences MPG. The day in question was in the high 80's low 90's with high humidity 70% + (for the west coast anyway). That was the same evening we had a nasty T-storm.

DT
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