Gas Mileage


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portugeezer
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Gas Mileage

Postby portugeezer » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:19 pm



Ok, With all fresh fluids and a new air filter I'm happy to report after 5 fill ups I'm at 40.2 miles to the gallon. That is mixed driving with and without a passenger so the weight varies from my 200lbs to 340lbs of passenger load. From reading other posts about fuel economy here for the GL1000 it sounds like I should be very happy with that.



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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:31 pm

My 1000 rarely got 32.Cheep Nebraska gas I guess.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby dingdong » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:09 am

For a 76 that is better than good. I'm lucky to get 30mpg.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:57 am

With electronic dyna points, wires and coils, I get very similar mileage so you are doing well at 40. I can get up to 50 at speeds under 60, but over that or in stop and go, 40 is outstanding.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby portugeezer » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:10 pm

I did convert to electronic points. I thought that just made the bike easier to start and maintain. I suppose it would improve mileage. I'm thinking about taking the bike on a long trip but it is very old and I'm just not sure if it's reliable enough. So far no issues except I sometimes have to shut the bike off to find neutral. I have one strand of my clutch cable broken at the lever. I bought a new one but can't even see or touch the area it goes down into so I keep putting that off. I will change it first for sure if I take a trip on it!

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:20 pm

If your coils are original, then that is the item that would concern me the most. They do crack with age, and as soon as you get stuck in the rain, you also get stuck on two cylinders. So new coils and wires are a good idea in my book before a longer trip. If you run spokes, I would look those over for even tension before a long trip too. But these old wings seem to be very reliable if you do not let them sit for years unattended.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby portugeezer » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:02 pm

I have a used pair of coils and wires I could take with me just in case. Anything else I should take off my parts bike to bring with?

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Of course if you are not certain of the age of your cam belts, then they must be replaced before you ride again. They are only good for 5 years. Other than that and the previously discussed ignition, just need a tire repair kit.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby portugeezer » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Did belts,water,pump,and fuel pump this offseason




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