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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Wow.....15 MPG !

Difference that is. On my 1700 w/TORs that was initially a 1600, I get a worse of 35 MPG in stop and go street riding, and riding fairly aggressively as i always tend to do. On rural trips i get 38-40, maybe 42 if i'm real lucky. Went on my first bike camping trip ever saturday (just an overnighter) with a harley rider. He's always telling me how unstable his bike is because it has apes and a skinny front tire. So he rides really slow. So i had no choice but to ride the same. I got.....50 MPG ! Thats a spread of 15 MPG from my worse to best ! I was shocked. I hear people saying they get 50 and i am always puzzled at how that is possible, even for the 1600, where my all time best before the BB kit was 46. I never thought riding real slow would make that much difference because while i have never ridden that slow on a long rural trip, i have ridden somewhat close to that and never got anywhere near 50 MPG. (except like i said the 46 when it was a 1600) Crazy man....that right hand grip sure can influence running costs drastically !
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I'm always around 50 mpg or better.And I always drive my scooters conservatively.That way,my pocket book isn't goin empty tryin to feed this machine.lol.But I also know that if needed,the power is there.Dave!!!
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Are you saying that if you follow a Harley anywhere you better pack a tent
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No....if you FOLLOW one you best leave your bike home and walk ! And you will still have to slow down every so often so he can catch up.
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Well, other than the slow boat to china how was the trip?
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Good. May try and do it again as soon as we can before summer weather turns.
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Sorry I'm late throwing in my nickles advice. BUT when I was riding with the guys from Phoenix the back way to Prescott on my V65 magna I would get around 41 miles to the gallon. Another old boy riding a newer honda V-4 told me I was stirring my transmission too often, he said "that old 1100 has tons of torque let it use it". After that I would get 50MPG consistently (solo). I've taken my T-bird 1700 up that same road using that advise only riding double, and I'm getting 53 mpg going up 47mpg coming down I-17 at 85-90mph. Stock 'Bird.

Those that say "OLD IS SLOW" have never ridden a V65 Magna!
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Told ya. lol Dave!!!
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I'm more like Daz - I like to twist the throttle and tend to ride aggressively. But then my other toy only gets 15-18 mpg at it's BEST - and when I really get on it - oh maybe 6-8 mpg. So now I have a bike, and I can ride it hard as I want and I still get mileage in the 30's...are you kidding me, that is great!!! Dave I guess it's all perspective - for you twisting the throttle cuts into your pocketbook. For me, getting out of the Camaro and onto the bike saves me so much I can ride anyway I want. I've noticed that I can romp on it quite a bit, but if that same tank includes a bit of highway - 5-6 gear cruising my mileage is always in the 40's. No complaints here on mileage. Sure, there are cars that get better mileage, but have you looked at them? ::shudder:: I'd rather push my TBird, than drive a Prius.

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On a stock TBird, I get 38-40mpg around town, on the highway, I get 54-56mpg @ 65-70 mph, and when I roll on to 75+ it drops down to 48-50mpg.

When I was riding my FXLRC regularly, which is carborated, I got 30mpg around town and 40, maybe 45 if I kept it a 65mph on the highway...

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