curious gas mileage


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revd
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curious gas mileage

Postby revd » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:03 pm



GL1000 with 77k miles. Esimate for hwy miles per gallon, please.



brian.bell@usa.net
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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby brian.bell@usa.net » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:01 pm

I have a 1977 GL1000 with Pacifico Fairing and Hondaline bags and trunk. My MPG varies depending on speed. 55 mph = 38 mpg; 65 mph = 33 mpg; 75 mph = 30 mpg. Have not ridden for distance at a slower or higher speed.

I do know that the more weight I put on the bike the less the mpg. It seems that every pound counts on this model.

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Placerville
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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby Placerville » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:33 am

Your question isn't clear, but it seems you're asking what type of mileage you can expect on your GL with 70+K miles, correct? If so, and if 1. Your carbs. are in fine condition, and 2. Your timing is correct, and 3. Your valves are adjusted properly, and 4 ....... well, you get the picture. My GL which is in excellent condition (no applause, please) gets 43 MPG at a sustained 60 MPH. Of course, the faster you go, the worse it gets. Around town and on mountain roads, I get about 35. Many things can affect mileage and, in the words of Randall Washington http://www.randakks.com/, "Everything affects everything."
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revd
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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby revd » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:52 am

Your assumption is correct. My wing may not be in perfect shape but the gas mileage seems to be in line with what I'm hearing.

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Fred Camper
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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:21 pm

My Naked 1977 GL gets between 38 and 50 depending on speed. If traveling at 70 mph, more like 33 mpg would be expected.

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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby sfruechte » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:03 pm

My 77 has averaged 45 mpg since new over 217,000 miles. It can vary from the 30's to the 50's. 40 is about normal in most driving but if you head out on a long trip (thousands of miles), it gets better with every fill for some reason, usually running about 48 mpg by the time I return.

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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby silver eagle » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:11 am

I did a rebuild on a 76 last spring and took her on a 1100 mile one-way trip. She had 33,000 miles on the clock before I left. I had rebuilt the brake calipers and the carbs, she had new tires, and made sure everything was correct and ready for a big trip. This bike is loaded with the big fairing and hard bags so she is heavy. I come in around 220 and the bike was loaded down for my stay in Virginia. I probably averaged 70 to 75 and traveled mainly interstates. I got around 30 MPG. The 75 thru 77 models have the hotter cam and just don't do well on fuel mileage at highway speeds!

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Fred Camper
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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:18 pm

You did well for that bike and the speed traveled. I do not think anything is wrong with your carbs or ignition system if you can get that economy with a big fairing and that load. Hope you enjoyed the trip.

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Re: curious gas mileage

Postby silver eagle » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:07 pm

Great Trip and I was able to Reunite with some ole Marine Corps buddys at Quantico. Ya - the bike was loaded but 30 was my average. I was pushing hard to get there and mileage jumped around between 26 and 31. I took it easy coming back and I bounced between 30 and 33 most of the way. I did drop to 24 for a few hours while going up through the mountains! I got used to the 42 my 1990 Wing used to get and with fuel prices being crazy stupid expensive, I just want every extra mile I can get!!




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