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Old 11-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile GT Fuel Economy

I am officially over 2 weeks of owning my new GT. Silver one. How I acquired this bike is a little interesting.

I was calling to a Triumph dealer about a bike he had posted on the internet. I knew this dealer (next state over) and he knew me. It was a 2011 blue GT. It was listed as a "loaner" bike. Low mileage. Good price. So, I called to inquire.

When he answered the phone, I asked about the blue GT?? It was gone. Sold it. Crap!! He did say he still had that brand new silver GT in the showroom.

I relayed my discourse over the color of silver. I wanted blue or sunset red in an ST model if no GT's were available.

I think he had heard this comment before. That was about the color silver. He said "Hold on a second".

He came back with a very low price. I LOVE SILVER!! It's amazing how your prospective of something can change at times.

After two weeks, my ODO reads 779 miles. 40 were added by the dealer. I had a small warranty issue that had to be resolved.

Today is to be a warmish day. Then, we turn cold and rainy. I am used to living in Tucson where it is perfect riding all year. Now, I have to adjust..........

I am waiting for the temps to warm some. I am doing something interesting to kill time, like, watching the garbage man pick up my trash. Yes, I do lead an exciting life!!

I noticed that after I shut off the GT, a few moments later, the computer does something. I can hear it. What's it doing????

Yesterday, I decided to explore these computerized functions on the readout. I am not sure if the 1050 ST had this or not. The GT does!!

I went to the screen labeled "instantanous miles per gallon". I saw no value to that screen at all. Now, suddenly, it intregued me.

I was riding along at 60 Mph. By watching this readout, I found I could pretty easily maintain 60-65 miles per gallon. Not bad!!

I stepped it up to 70 mph. I had a lot less throttle to play with, but, I could keep the readout over 60 Mpg.

Finally, the fun part. What could I get out of this bike??

I slowed to 55 Mph. That is about as low as 6th gear wants to pull. Something like 2900 Rpms. I was getting upper 60 Mpg. I then bent behind the windscreen. Mpg rose to over 70. I tucked in my arms and legs. 75 Mpg!! Wow!!

I found by riding tucked in (not exactly comfortable) I could maintain 70 miles per gallon even at 65 miles per hour.

If you want to have fun with this screen, go out and play with it. I wonder how high of feul economy some of you can get??

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I suspect your comp is set to UK gallons not
US gallons. Refer to your manual to make the change.
US mpg will be considerably less.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes my GT also shows superior fuelconsumption.

It is much better than my old Vstrom DL650 with less power.

But after riding 2000 km this season I realize the cost only for the ensurance is about 6$/km So fuelconsumption does not really matter..
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Many US-sold GTs have the UK gallons in the computer for some reason. Simple fix and I think you'll see your average MPG come to something a bit more realistic. I tend to get around the low 50's when I'm on a trip and not dogging it all day.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What they said. If I hold 65 with no head wind it on level ground it will read 59mpg, which is what triumph spec'd as the high MPG. Start getting above 65mph and it starts going down. My average is low 40's in my daily routine.
But if you're over 50 during trips, that's pretty good to me!
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I agree. For the record, when I'm on trips, I tend to be more about covering ground that hammering the bike through twisties. I try to stay off the superslab, many of the roads I take are 55mph+, so highway speeds through sweepers are what I'm doing and the bike isn't working hard at all.

High 30's to low 40's is easily obtainable when cranking it full time.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Search this forum for the instructions how to check/change you computer to US gallons instead of Imperial gallons.... it's easy. Mine was set wrong. I think most are. Even after correcting the setting, my dash reading never matches reality (computed by me). I'm getting 45/52 mpg here in the USA where we still use miles & gallons.
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I suspect your comp is set to UK gallons not
US gallons. Refer to your manual to make the change.
US mpg will be considerably less.
Wot he said
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I wouldn't be surprised if the OP's computer is set to US gallons, because
a) I'm sure mine is, the computed avg mpg matches what I calculate using odometer readings and gallons measured at the pump
b) like others, over the course of a full tank I average high 40s to low 50s on the slab, dipping into the 30s if I'm railing on back roads
c) I've done exactly what the op did and got the same result. On flat ground, tucked in tightly I can make my instantaneous mpg reach the low 70's. It's relatively meaningless; a slight hill can drop you into the 30s, but it is fun!
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Cool

Before I made this post, I double-checked to see what the calibration of my fuel economy readout was. I had to make sure it was not calibrated in "barrels of oil".

I then asked my motorcycle, "are you European or American"?? I asked twice. Darn think would not say. So, I have been testing it.

I have ridden with two tank fulls. My readout says 55 miles per gallon average. I also did the calculator thing. My data says 54 miles per gallon. So, even though my GT won't talk, it's AMERICAN and accurate!!

My instant MPG is of no real importance. Just something to play with. On level straight roads, at 55 Mph, I can get over 70 miles per gallon. This is "instantly" for a short time, not all day!!

I want to draft a SEMI on the freeway and see what I can get. One time, many years ago, I followed my wife to our new home. She was driving our van pulling a large trailer. 90 miles. I got up behind her and drafted all 90 miles. Used only 1 gallon of gas!!?

I feel my fuel ecomony will be above average due to my riding profile. I am not very aggressive. I tend to shift at 3500 Rpms most of the time. Plus, I stick to the speed limits.

Some might say "why did I buy a high performance machine when I could ride a moped"?? Well, in case my "wild side" pops up sometimes!!
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