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Just posted the pics from our 3 day ride. On day 2 leg one I got amazing gas mileage.

Rode 150 miles and she took 2.27 gallons. That makes for 66.08 mpg.

Now for the caveats. The first 2 hours of the ride were at 7000 feet and then some. Speed was not fast due to traffic and the elevation of the station where we filled up was at 500 feet. High altitude and down hill certainly helps.

Leg one on today's ride yielded right at 63 mpg. This one began at 7000 feet, descended down to 5000 feet, then up over the pass at 8700 feet, and down the back side to a gas station at 4000 feet.

Heck that is good enough to make a Prius proud...Lol.

Certainly can't complain at today's gas prices.
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damn wish i was getting that kinda mileage. as of late ive been only getting around 43mpg... but im also usually doing 70-80+mph

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damn wish i was getting that kinda mileage. as of late ive been only getting around 43mpg... but im also usually doing 70-80+mph
43 wow. I never have gotten below 50 and I tend to ride fairly fast and hard.

Perhaps it's time to check your disgronificator. Maybe the muffler bearings too...Lol.

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43 wow. I never have gotten below 50 and I tend to ride fairly fast and hard.

Perhaps it's time to check your disgronificator. Maybe the muffler bearings too...Lol.
lol well i do always ride it kinda hard and mins a 08 with over 42k miles xD but i do think its about time to check the valves (tho ive never done it before so am a bit afraid of f*cking it up)

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I get 45mpg consistently no matter what elevation or riding conditions.. are you riding around in the magical 7th gear?

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I get 45mpg consistently no matter what elevation or riding conditions.. are you riding around in the magical 7th gear?
No but am always trying to shift up into 7th...Lol. First bike in a long time without a gear position indicator and I can't count that high.

My average mpg is right at 52 so I was frankly shocked to see numbers in the sixties. But as I mentioned earlier the unique conditions I'm sure played a big role.

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...Heck that is good enough to make a Prius proud...Lol....
BUT a LOT more fun than driving one of THOSE!

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damn wish i was getting that kinda mileage. as of late ive been only getting around 43mpg... but im also usually doing 70-80+mph
I get pretty comparable mileage on my Gen 3, but more like what you get, on MY Gen 1, tho' I have seen close to 60 mpgUS a few times in AZ!

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BUT a LOT more fun than driving one of THOSE!



I get pretty comparable mileage on my Gen 3, but more like what you get, on MY Gen 1, tho' I have seen close to 60 mpgUS a few times in AZ!
ya i got a gen1 and the givi windshield, hand guards and a trunk box so i bet that and my no so gentle riding style dont aid in the MPG.. the best ive gotten in my owning of it has been 51.4mpg and worst was 36.8mpg and ive had a average of 43.7 according to fuelly... also im now at a higher elevation (1500'ish) and go up and down hills alot and almost all 70mph+ highway

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silviefox, you made me feel much better about my mpg. I get about 41-43 on average currently (2009 650). I have large tusk boxes on my bike though so that probably doesn't help.

I'm pretty sure I need to check the air filter as well as the valves. the valve check scares me a bit.
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I have used picturetrail to host photos that I want to put inline and have captions for each photo. I found that site because photobucket went nuts and blocked 3rd party hosting. Many of the forums now allow members to have an album and do the same image link.

My '15 Triumph Trophy SE with the 1250 triple engine would get 70 mpg when riding the pace in the mountains. Very aerodynamic fairing and with that 7 gallon fuel tank it had amazing range.



My '18 Harley Road Glide Special consistently comes in at 50 mpg and it too has a wind tunnel designed fairing.



My '17 Road King hovered around 50 mpg as well but I hated riding with the windshield so mostly rode without it attached.


My '16 Road Glide Ultra hovered around 49 mpg depending on which height windshield I had mounted. Removing the Tour Pack had no real affect on mileage.



My '11 Versys would run around 49 mpg, as did my '08 KLR 650, 07 Ninja 650, '12 Concours, Vulcan Mean Streak.




My '10 Vulcan Voyager was closer to 40 mpg with its muscle car non aerodynamic fairing.



My '15 FZ07 with bags gets around 60 mpg consistently.



My little KLX250S would return 70 mpg which was a great thing considering the 2 gallon fuel tank.



Not sure what my Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic gets since it mostly sits on this table.

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silviefox, you made me feel much better about my mpg. I get about 41-43 on average currently (2009 650). I have large tusk boxes on my bike though so that probably doesn't help.

I'm pretty sure I need to check the air filter as well as the valves. the valve check scares me a bit.
lol ya thats about what i get too. and changed my air filter around 1000 miles ago. and valve i have no idea when they were last dont (probably 20+k miles ago) and im scared a bit to try to do them myself

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I'm probably 250lbs geared up, E21 hard bags, Givi windshield, '08 gen 1, ride backroads 55-70 mph... I consistantly get 43-45 mpg on mid-grade fuel (w/10% ethanol). Got 50mpg a time or two back when she was brand new..

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Man with all you guys getting fuel economy in the low to mid 40's, makes me think I have a keeper with a 52 mpg average.

Guess I am a lucky man. Rather be lucky than good.

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...I'm pretty sure I need to check the air filter as well as the valves. the valve check scares me a bit.
Just get the SERVICE MANUAL (either paper or .pdf), look at the "How to" on this Forum, ensure you have the proper tools, then "have-at-it". I USUALLY plan a full day for 'doing' the valves. - -

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...and valve i have no idea when they were last dont (probably 20+k miles ago) and im scared a bit to try to do them myself
Hell silviefox - you BUILD bikes, so you CAN do your valves, especially IF I CAN...!


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Just get the SERVICE MANUAL (either paper or .pdf), look at the "How to" on this Forum, ensure you have the proper tools, then "have-at-it". I USUALLY plan a full day for 'doing' the valves. - -



Hell silviefox - you BUILD bikes, so you CAN do your valves, especially IF I CAN...!

im just use to older bikes with adjustable valve lashing and what not, but ya im sure i can do it , just got to get around to doing it on one of my days off VS sleeping all day

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I usually get about ~47mpg. The best I've ever gotten was 61.6mpg while doing some canyon carving around CO springs (ways out from there). That 61.6 was an average across three fillups, had to make sure it wasn't a fluke O.O

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I've gotten as high as 58mpg but I'm usually around 49mpg as I'm a big guy and I run the ass off my Versys almost 100% of the time. SOP is to ride it like I rented it.... LoL. and it's never really given me troubles from hard, high RPM, no clutch shifing almost all the time...

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Rode the last couple of days w/ an AZ buddy, 240 kms day 1, and 340 kms day 2.

Rode hard, w/ LOTS of twisties, and got 72.6 mpgImperial each day (58 mpgUS).

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