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A friend of mine just got back from Americade after leaving from Kitchener, Ontario and claimed he got 50 miles to the gallon at 75mph indicated. I almost choked hearing that!! I'm lucky and that's on a good day AND doing 55 mph to get 200 miles to a tankful or about 40 mpg on my 85 Aspy. My bike as far as I'm concerned runs far better than his, is much better maintained and is in far better overall condtion. His runs like his carbs are out of balance....very lumpy idle and overly lean. Don't get it. I'm off to Honda Hoot next week and will figure out my exact mileage. But like I said my low fuel light comes on and I'm lucky to get 200 miles....happened only once when in Key west at sea level.
What do you guys get on your 1200's on a full tank just as the low fuel light comes on??
Thanks for the wisdom......Rocky you out there still?????
 

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I get the red light like clock-work at 185 miles, but thats from appreciated use of the throttle. Like the song says, "I can't drive 55" :cooldj: :gunhead:
 

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A friend of mine just got back from Americade after leaving from Kitchener, Ontario and claimed he got 50 miles to the gallon at 75mph indicated.
He must be running so lean the cylinder heads must be glowing! I have a little difficulty swallowing that.:rollingeyes:
 

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A friend of mine just got back from Americade after leaving from Kitchener, Ontario and claimed he got 50 miles to the gallon at 75mph indicated. I almost choked hearing that!! I'm lucky and that's on a good day AND doing 55 mph to get 200 miles to a tankful or about 40 mpg on my 85 Aspy. My bike as far as I'm concerned runs far better than his, is much better maintained and is in far better overall condtion. His runs like his carbs are out of balance....very lumpy idle and overly lean. Don't get it. I'm off to Honda Hoot next week and will figure out my exact mileage. But like I said my low fuel light comes on and I'm lucky to get 200 miles....happened only once when in Key west at sea level.
What do you guys get on your 1200's on a full tank just as the low fuel light comes on??
Thanks for the wisdom......Rocky you out there still?????
jmd102, I have recorded a few tank-fulls at 50+ mpg. That is usually preceded by, or followed by a tank at about 26-30 mpg or so. I haven't ever seen, or know of a 1200 Wing that will average that high over a trip or 3-4 full tank fillings.

If the guy is sincere, or really thinks he is getting that good of mpg then have him check his odometer, it is probably out of calibration a fair amount..

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I haven't had my '85 1200A long, but I get 40 mpg or slightly better at 65-70 mph.
 

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hey jmd102,

i can get 50 mpg at 65 t0 70 mpg. to do it i

have to roll on and off the throttle very smoothly.

i have to take off smoothly and come to stops just the same.

my problem is, i can not ride like that often. i like to ride somewhat at a

brisk pace so therefore i usually get anywhere from 36 to 45 mpg.

one really good way to get good mpg is to ride like you have a nervous

first time passenger.
 

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I normally average 50 mpg with my 84 Wing, but, this is using Imperial gallons which are larger than U.S. gallons. A better measure is how many miles per tank. I usually get between 220-260 miles per tank of fuel (depending on my wrist action) and this seems to be on par with other 4 cylinder Wings when we go for a group ride.

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Have to say I find 50mpg a bit hard to swallow. I have never bothered to actually work out what i get but thought I would take this opportunity to have a moan.

If a Goldwing is designed to go all day and everyday, and without a doubt they are the most comfortable and smooth bike I have ever riden, why did Honda put such a small petrol tank on it???

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Hi Folks

I get anything between 45 and 58 MPG on my 87 1200 ASPY. Steady cruisin at 60 - 65 mph returns 58 MPG on a warm engine.
Cold starts and town use brings that down to nearer 45 mpg , in general use I regularly see 180 miles before the fuel warning light comes on, which equals around 50 mpg average I reckon.
Engine has only done 31K and I have spent "some time" setting up the carbs etc . As I get used to the 1200 I find myself riding slower and smoother , less braking, lots of overrun on the throttle, which is something I thought I would never do on a bike...;)

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Is there a possibility that there is some confusion here on MPG averages because some are computing it on the Imperial Gallon and others on the US Gallon?

My 86A gets between 41-43 per US gallon while commuting interstate highway at 65-70 mph.
 

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Just jumping back in for clarity. The very best milage I've seen on my 86 Interstate was 51 miles per U.S. gallon . This was at a steady 45/50 mph in rain and moderate traffic. And yes it was a very wet and miserable 400 mile day.... :gunhead:

Two lane blacktop, 7a.m. until 7p.m. :(
 

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Andrewl wrote:
Have to say I find 50mpg a bit hard to swallow. I have never bothered to actually work out what i get but thought I would take this opportunity to have a moan.

If a Goldwing is designed to go all day and everyday, and without a doubt they are the most comfortable and smooth bike I have ever riden, why did Honda put such a small petrol tank on it???

Andrew

Andrew, 5.8 U.S. gallons is not really a small tank. Any larger and your body would go numb from sitting in one position for so long between refills.

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Maybe my econmy is not so good. But I base my moan on this. The ride I make the most takes 5 hours. There are no fuel stations for the last 2 hours so I must put fuel in mid journey in order to make the trip safely. This is quite a twisty ride so the econmy wont be flash.

I would have thought if taking long tours through some of the more remote states in the US, certainly in Australia the range of this bike before requireing a refill may be an issue.

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Forget to add this to my moan.

the tank is no bigger than many sport bikes that are designed for short fast trips

Andrew

ps. If the size of the tank is my main moan then life aint to bad. I do really like my 1200
 

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Hey Andrew

You need aST1300 mate, I regularly see 300 miles on the trip between fills and it cuts it in the twisties.

The1200 is a different era of bike , and should be ridden accordingly I don't think it was ever meant to be thrashed and chucked around, I reckon between 60 and 70 mph is just fine.

Having said that the PAN has both a metal tank and a central tank , I dont think it would be too hard to construct a metal replacement for the plastic one on the 1200 and plumb it straight into the central tank.

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Andrewl wrote:
Maybe my econmy is not so good. But I base my moan on this. The ride I make the most takes 5 hours. There are no fuel stations for the last 2 hours so I must put fuel in mid journey in order to make the trip safely. This is quite a twisty ride so the econmy wont be flash.

I would have thought if taking long tours through some of the more remote states in the US, certainly in Australia the range of this bike before requireing a refill may be an issue.

Andrew
Hey Andrew, quit moaning and make up an auxilary tank. You've got lots of room in the top trunk. It's high enough to be plumbed into the regular tank. Run a fuel line forward to a valve you could reach under way and then back to the regular tank. Once the main tank runs down, switch the aux to refill the main a bit. Works just fine on airplanes should work fine on a bike. It's not hard to mold a fiberglass tank to fit just about anywhere. I molded a FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) tank for a couple airplanes and boats and they work right well. You could make a tank that didn't take up all that much room but would carry an extra two gallons which ought to do the job for you. So quit moaning and get out there and make that 1200 more nearly perfect!
 

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Goldwinger1984 wrote:
Andrewl, how about sharing a few details of what it's like to drive a Gold Wing in New Zealand, eg:gas prices, road conditions, attitudes of motorists towards bikers, etc.

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Well the scenery here is fantastic. On the whole we also have great bike roads. they are reasonably twisty but still allow you to maintain reasonable speed. Very few roads have straights longer than about 1 km.

I think car drivers a fairly ignorant about bikes world wide, and I don't think that things are too different here. You have to watch out for them cause they won't watch out for you.

Fuel is currently $129.9 cents for low octane and $134.9 for premium per litre. I don't know how much fuel is in your neck of the woods but it seems pretty expensive to me. Of course over half of the cost of fuel is TAX!!!:X:X:X

New Zealand is a great place to live, however it is getting increasingly difficult to make a reasonable living with the current socialist government that we have. We do have an election this year and hopefully they will get thrown out. If not I may pack up and move to Australia if I can convince the person who sits on the back.

Andrew
 
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