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Mileage above 5K RPMs

I just got back from a nearly 2000 mile trip into Canada and Alaska and while I was running 5 thousand RPM's or higher (70+MPH) my mileage dropped significantly........... I usually get in the mid 40's and it dropped to 38-39ish. Wh else has experienced this?


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I get around 50 mpg at a little over 5k, 70 mph w/16T front.
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milage drops significantly after 60, 65, 70 etc.

gearing is a factor but its mostly from wind resistance going up exponentially after 60mph
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Seems like most anything I do with my bike I get a consistent 50-53mpg, riding hard in the mountains might get a bit less but hardly noticeable.
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I get on average low to mid 40s humming along on the interstate.. On Back roads around here I can get upper 40s,rarely do I cross into the 50s but it does happen. For reference, this is worse than the Buell which had 35 more HP and 550 cc'c on the Versys and dead even with the KTM 1190 I own.
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sounds right, your running the motor at a higher RPM (burning more fuel) and the faster you go the more wind resistance you have
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Maybe the bike needs a tune up, or the filter is choking the engine, or the fuel has more Ethanol than usual, or you've put on weight or carry extra luggage or the weather was windy or............................
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I'm lucky to see 45mpg average on a tank, lots of slab in lots of mountains.
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Are y'all correcting for gearing changes? I'm running 16T front which puts the bike odo about 7% short.
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I'm lucky to see 45mpg average on a tank, lots of slab in lots of mountains.
As someone who was born and raised in WV, poor mileage is a small price to pay to ride some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the country.
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I was pretty loaded down and fighting cross winds quite often. I am also running a 15/45 sprocket combo, by most accounts puts the speedo close to dead on.


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I was pretty loaded down and fighting cross winds quite often. I am also running a 15/45 sprocket combo, by most accounts puts the speedo close to dead on.
It puts the speedo on and the odo off. The odo is reading less miles than you are actually traveling meaning your fuel consumption is actually better.
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As someone who was born and raised in WV, poor mileage is a small price to pay to ride some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the country.
Alllllllmost true, there are a lot of great roads here...but infrastructure is so bad in lots of places that stuff can be pretty dangerous. Eager for my new tires, and now that the bike is lowered I'm a lot more secure at low speed, so happier on dirt and marbles.
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I'm averaging 49 mpg when riding on the slab and in the mid to high 50s when I'm riding twisties at slower speeds.
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"I usually get in the mid 40's and it dropped to 38-39ish."

First, yes your odo is off, but in comparing previous mpg to trip mpg that makes the odo difference pretty much a wash. That said, a decrease of 15 percent while operating at higher RPM consistently, in wind, fully loaded I think that decrease is to be expected and I am surprised (a little) your mpg did not drop more. Also, who knows what quality of gas you got well out in the "backcountry". Unless the decrease in mpg continues when you are back to your normal routine, I would not worry about the bike needing any checks/adjustments.
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Good point cj. That's what I'm thinking too. And it's a small price to pay for the enjoyment factor. Besides the motor seems to LOVE running a 5-5500 RPMs for hours at a whack. And quite frankly so do I. Ride on I guess.


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Jeff - I just got home (Weds), and after 8,730 kms, 5,425 miles, USUALLY at the same rev-range as you, MY average was 53.5 mpgUS, and you saw how the GREEN HORNET TOO was loaded. Watch for a "Members Rides".

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^^ pretty good mileage there

I don't think I'm in that range. First tank looks like about low 40s.
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Last tank I got 53.7mpg, haven't seen less than 51 with this bike and I don't try to conserve gas but also generally not loaded down (plus I'm a pretty small guy ~135lbs). Most my rides are in the mountain twisties and if on one of the highways here it's 80-90mph to keep up with cars.
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wow i guess im just way to lively with the throttle because ive yet to hit 50mpg, my best has been 49 and my ave is 45 according to fuelly (tho i do also live in the city and about 80% of my riding is surface streets with tons of stop signs and lights

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