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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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MPG on a 95 1500

I was riding my 1500 and I was thinking is there any way to change the gears in the rear end to drop the RPM's it seems that if I can drop them 500-600 I would get way better MPG's not to mention be able to cruse 85-90 on the trips you just want to get there. I mean you can but she is wound tighter than a rubber band. Just putting it out there because I know one of you have.
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Many have expressed a desire for another gear to lower the rpms but I think you'll find it wouldn't make much difference. Wind resistance is the enemy and with the Goldwing there's plenty of resistance.

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ditto the answer ^^^^^

once you pass 60 mph, you are throwing gasoline out the tailpipe,
it is the big fairing and the large windscreen

on my bikes, two 1500s and this 1800 I have now, if I run the interstates at 75+ the best any of them will do is 33 mpg....

day in, day out, I have charted this for 3,000 miles on a spreadsheet.. trip avg mpg is 33

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that's horrible John! my 1500 gets 40mpg cruising gently, and 35-38 running some extra throttle or backroads fun!
Of course speedometer error negates most claims of mpg, unless a GPS unit is tracking actual miles traveled
and you do real fuel calculations
The time spent in the higher end of rpm in 5th gear= oh well, that extra fuel use is part of enjoying yourself,
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Where do you plan on riding at 85-90 mph? I'm not a LEO or anything, but that's a pretty brisk pace. I just completed a 4,700 western trip and averaged 39.8 mpg for the whole trip, which included a lot of South Dakota and eastern Wyoming headwinds and 80mph for most of it, higher rpms riding the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Beartooth Pass, Lolo Pass, plus over 100 miles along the Clearwater River in central Idaho. I have the same bike/year you have.


When is the last time you've seen/changed you air filter?


By the way, I run an Austone Taxi car tire on the rear now and it has dropped the rpms a bit, I'd say about 400 rpms at cruising speed.
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Sounds like that rear tire would be the fix for OP - thanks Cornpone
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I had wondered why 2-3 gallon aux fuel tanks were available for the Wing, thinking that many hours without stopping???
NOPE- more about how fast do you want to get to that gas station! Probably good for trips thru desert and no gas stations too
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I had a 92 Aspencade and consistently got 43 to 46 MPG running under 60 mph.
Once on a paved backroad trip I got 48 mpg but we were going slow. (around 50 or less)

I'm riding an 1800 now so I'm a little off the thread. I just completed a 4,154 mile trip. I used I-80 most of the way and averaged 39 mpg running 78 to 83 mph. The cruising speed and mileage was figured using a Garmin GPS so the accuracy should be correct. I,m running stock size E3s, Windbender shield, with baker air wings, riding solo. No external bags or racks.

I would think something is amiss because your mileage is so low.

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Where do you plan on riding at 85-90 mph?
Most highways here in Texas are 75 mph and some are 85.
Add the few over just because and you're flying down the road.

I try to hold it down to 60, but that's usually on the city streets.

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mileage sounds about right. I have a 97 1500 and do a lot of highway riding. I average 35 MPG. I will replace the filters and plugs this fall and should get a little better after that.

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