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After a 4500 mile trip out West I kept track of my mpg under varying conditions. Two up, bike fully loaded pulling trailer at 300 lbs.

75 + on highway: 25/27 mpg

65/ 70 on highway: 35/37 mpg

35/ 60 Mountains and curves at 6k to 10k elevation (with trailer): 42 mpg

(400 mile ride through Idaho and Montana)

35/60 Mountains and curves at 6k to 10k elevation (without trailer): 48.8 mpg

Brothers 1800 on same ride: 49.9

Friends Harley Electra Glide: 51.5

When I bought this bike the owner, out of Colorado Springs, said that he consistantly got 45 to 50 mpg. I brought it home to Oklahoma City and never got more than 42 mpg. I thought then that he was just blowing smoke.
 

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I have been tracking my mileage since May. Mileage and different brands of gas. My running average is 38.58, mostly 1 up, no trailer, combination freeway and country roads, flat and mountains.
 

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rcmatt007 wrote:
read your title.... and I thought 1500 mpg.... WOW! that is performance:shock:
we wish:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::action::action::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:



mark:waving:
 

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With sidecar, average city highway 110 mile per tank or 17 mpg......I think I'll turn the hack into a tanker and call my bike the "EXXON VALDES"
 

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Mine gets 2 mileages. When I am taking it easy it gets about 40 mpg.

When it's under a real load, (trailer, hi speed on the interstate,commuting in heavy traffic)it gets about 33.
 

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Your mileage sounds spot on to me. Lot's of factors go into "gas mileage": terrain, wind, tire inflation, ambient air temperature, load on bike, speed, brand/octane of fuel, ethanol (E10/E15), etc. My wife's 1988 GL1500 trike is getting 25-30 using 87 octane, mostly city and a little freeway. We are heading out on a 6,000 trip later this summer so will be interesting to see how it goes.
 

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My '94 1500 would give me 33 mpg around town on our freeways. Most of that is stop 'n go between 20 mph and whoosh we are going 85 mph.

On a long trip from San Diego, CA along I-8 zooming along through the sand dunes with a 40 mph head wind, and the cruise locked on 82 mph, it turned a not too great 27 mpg.

Anytime you hear of one of these things doing 40 plus mpg, you know the rider is staying below 3,000 rpm and being easy on the throttle. that is just not my style of riding.

I hit the throttle and go. She does what she does, I don't even bother to figure it out. I figure that if I've got 180 miles behind me, I better have a gas station in front of me.
 

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WOW, I wish I was getting the mileage you guys are. Seems pretty consistent at 33 MPG. If I really nurse it along and try hard the best I have gotten is just und 36 MPG.



I assume I need to balance carbs and have the floats checked but haven't had the time/money for it. On our 1000+ mile Iron Butt ride we averaged 33.2 MPG. That was combined speeds and terrains. Everything from very consistent 110 KPH (68 MPH) up to ..... well.... faster. :D



Best MPG was 35.2. Worst was 30.9 but that was mountains, cold, and trying to keep my averagespeed up.
 
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