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Do Givi V35 affect mileage?

I was thinking about those Givi V35 side bags.
Do they affect fuel mileage?

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Can't tell fer sure

I've had mine on full time since I got the bike. Last tank full fill-up calculated out at 54 mpg.

I don't know if I can do much better than that.
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I was thinking about those Givi V35 side bags.
Do they affect fuel mileage?
If I were a physics professor, I'd say anything that increases weight and/or wind resistance will have an effect on fuel mileage. The questions become is it a significant difference, and is the extra carrying capacity worth it?

I've not removed the Givi V35s on my Versys since I mounted them, but maybe I should, perform some tests, and record the differences - to see if it's noticeable. In truth, I like the bike as it's set up and don't give too much thought to fuel mileage - I'm too busy smiling.

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I had them on my Ninja 650R for 10,000 miles and did not notice an reduction in mileage. Moved them over to the Versys and just hit 600 miles and the last tank was 55 MPG. I'm sure if you are travelling at 80+ MPH you will see more effects of drag which will reduce mileage some.
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I was thinking about those Givi V35 side bags.
Do they affect fuel mileage?
I think my legs are not nearly as aerodynamic as the Givis so unless you can ride without your legs I doubt that the bags would affect your mileage, my 09 got 50-55 MPG with the bags on.
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What do you mean "if your doing 80?"

Around here on the freeways in California traffic is mostly moving at 80. They'll tail gate your butt if you don't speed up.

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They absolutely do. Is it significant? I don't think so. I ride with and without mine and without them I will get another mile or two a gallon, but unless I am really riding hard I leave them on. I have running, turn and brake lights in mine so I like having them mounted.

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The would be some turbulent effect in airflow when there's boxes protruding out.
But, it would minor and not very much effect on mileage.

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yep, don't think they affect airflow that much, weight in them would do more in terms of tire contact and friction. Also, the V35's are more 'in' and closer to the bike due to their profile and the way the PLX racks are designed. I'll bet they don't protrude much beyond the width of your legs anyway, and thus sit in the deadzone behind them.
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YES. ANYTHING that adds weight or drag will affect your gas mileage!

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Just did 161 miles, avg. speed 65 mph 53 MPG. 3 traffic lights.
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What do you mean "if your doing 80?"

Around here on the freeways in California traffic is mostly moving at 80. They'll tail gate your butt if you don't speed up.
I never understood riding a motorcycle on the freeway, but I understand that some people like to so that is why I mentioned riding at 80.

I turn a 5 hour 365 mile interstate ride into a 8 1/2 hour 425 mile ride because it is more fun.
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I never understood riding a motorcycle on the freeway, ...

I turn a 5 hour 365 mile interstate ride into a 8 1/2 hour 425 mile ride because it is more fun.


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What do you mean "if your doing 80?"

Around here on the freeways in California traffic is mostly moving at 80. They'll tail gate your butt if you don't speed up.
True: first time riding a motorcycle on cali from san diego to norwalk going over 80 sometime close to 90 just hanging with the cars. It was sunday so no traffic and the chp motorcycle i followed for awhile was cruising at 85.

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My last few tanks have been >60mpg. It would be nice to get a little better but I think removing the side cases won't help much unless, like others have said, it's a lot of highway riding.
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I never understood riding a motorcycle on the freeway, but I understand that some people like to so that is why I mentioned riding at 80.
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