yes, Chromo, I do NOT believe the consistent numbers you report. It is just not possible. I have a spreadsheet over 4,000 miles, and 1,700 miles in the last 10 days documented to the 0.1 gallon of fuel.... no one will EVER get consistent mpg readings on each tank of fuel.
it is a physical impossibility.
My constant MPG numbers are for normal riding of all types I do!
FACT, if 3 tanks in a row I make 186+ miles and it takes 4.3gal to fill, then that is OVER 40mpg! At this time I call that close enough!
40mpg at 4.3gal is 172 miles! It does not take a genius or calculator to figure 186 miles is MORE than 172 miles!
My average fill to most that can possibly be forced into tank runs average of 4.5 gal or less, I do not like to push till empty, and my miles are 180+ at fill.
Yes that may vary on the miles allot, but I seldom run 230 miles on one tank! THAT tank took 5.4gal! 42.6MPG!!!! That was at ES one day! Wife and me, no trailer!
So if I say I get at least 40mpg average in normal riding I do, then that is 2.6mpg LESS than I got then! It averages out.
When I really go for brass tack figures like on 88 when I was playing with TCW3 oil in gas, then I do exact figures!
Now I am lazy at times now. I figure close enough often.
Close enough to me is I forced max fill of 4.7gal, I did 207 miles, 207 / 40mpg should be just over 5gal, and 4.7 is less than 5 therefore I got over 40 mpg!
Actually, 207 miles / 4.7gal is 44mpg! That is a bit higher than normal for me really, Though I have got 46mpg and 48mpg on this 95SE before also, but just not normal!
I bought this great little 95SE from TwoBigCats about April 2012, right after that deer hit my 88 March 2012.
In NORMAL riding I been getting 40+ MPG and when bought it had 32,??? miles on it, it NOW had 71,5?? miles on it!
I have done near 40K miles on this bike now since April 2012, this year was really slow for me, and I think I know my bike pretty well!
NO, I do not count pulling a heavy big fat trailer sucking air all the way to CA. or loading the 1500 parts bike and towing all that home behind this 95SE as anything to do with normal riding.
For NUT like ME that might be OK but not normal for normal people so I don't count those low MPG's while I owned this bike!
HOWEVER, since I did get 33-35mpg and even better while I did such crazy stuff, up through Barstow and Flagstaff mountains etc.. and some bad head and side winds, I still think 33MPG is horrible for NORMAL RIDING in decent conditions!
With this 95SE NORMAL riding I have never really had any MPG less than maybe 37 in winds.
BAD GAS is something else and also does NOT count!
Year I bought this I was doing 40-42mpg in CA and on way to Laughlin, NV and happy as a pig in slop! NO ISSUES!
I left Lauglin and I think it was Bull Head City across the river where I got gas, it was BAD GAS at a crap station!
Heading back to CA. I got 30mpg and almost stranded in desert! I just barely made it to a station and that was a detour out of my way a good few miles! I saw that red light and what the heck!!!
I know I made it from south of Bars-tow to Laughlin just fine on one tank with a good bit left!
WHY could I not make it from Laughlin bank to Bars-tow on 1 tank?
That was not the bike or normal riding, it was BAD GAS, so I do not sque MPG with such odd crap.
CA to NV and back, other than one tank of bad gas was all 40+ mpg and desert Interstate I was not poking along much either!
CA to N. KS was a good ride and I did not poke much other than at night, still over 40MPG.
Bad storms KS to MO no problem, ran it fine with lots of lighting and winds, HARD rains, still 40MPG
Got home and could not walk for near a month, no problem I got out and rode soon as I could walk again! LOL
MO to Iw, 40mpg, in Iowa I got 46 and 48 mpg checked close!
Way home I got back to 40MPG agian!
Went to Telico Plains TN. and got 40+MPG on way also!
Heck we want to talk about Nassir last year???
OK, I got 40+ MPG to NASSIR, some Interstate and some back roads, some was flat and some was mountains, some I rode a bit fast and some I rode kinda slow, but it still came out to over 40MPG per tank!
ONLY way to get less than 40MPG would be if some tanks get less!.
Very seldom do any tanks get any less!!!
Ya, I know all about fill a bit more this tank and a bit les next tank and a bit more next and screw up readings! BUT, if EVERY TANK gets 40MPG or better, then there was NO WAY to mess that up!!!
So, I figure my MPG for average real life riding in normal riding conditions, I exclude major storms, big trailers, excessive weight on trailers, 120mph races, or anything else that is NOT normal for a normal rider!
My MPG is a true 40mpg or better at most all NORMAL riding times, NORMAL is 40-42MPG on trips!
YES, I have also gotten 44 mpg and 46 mpg and 48 mpg, but those are NOT normal!!
I got a friend that rides speeds of a turtle, and doing all day at 40mph on flat straight roads just plain does not count as normal riding to me! I may have got 55mpg for the 200 mile day, but I just don't bother with it because it would be nuts to figure that as any normal riding!
So ya, believe it or not, I don't care, the fact is normal riding in normal weather on normal roads I do get a constant 40-42MPG!
Normal roads are 65mph to 70mph, and even some Interstates at 75mph.
Anyone talking about 80-100mph, I flat out want to know where that is LEGAL at for NORMAL riding!! I want to live there!!!