83 Goldwing mileage

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83 Goldwing mileage

Post by vaughn » Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:26 pm

Just wondering what people are getting for gas mileage. I bought my 1100 4 years ago and was only getting between 34 and 36 mpg. Last fall the carbs started leaking and I installed new bowl gaskets from Randakk's. Rode it 100 miles and that evening I smelled gas and the left side of the carbs was leaking somewhere above the bowls, so back off they came and shipped to Pistol Pete. Got them back and installed and yesterday was my first good all day ride. I checked the first tank and it came close to 38 mpg but that had a lot of back roads and down shifting. The next tank I had to check it twice. It came out to 44 mpg. 2 lane light traffic and a few hills. I have rode that route many times and never got that mileage. Before the rebuild the bike ran really good. Moose said the seals were pretty much shot. Only 32 years old. I now carry a bottle of ethanol treatment in the saddlebag and use when I fill up.
Some people think Pete's rebuild is too expensive, but if I tore the carbs apart I would end up with a bike that would not run . These carbs are not for novices to learn on.
Click on the picture next to my name to see the bike better. Looks the same but minus the rear chrome bumper now.
I get complements on it all the time.
People can't believe it is 32 years old.

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Re: 83 Goldwing mileage

Post by maintainer » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:23 pm

Depends on the twist of the wrist of course but mine is pretty much averaging 40+ mpg.
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Re: 83 Goldwing mileage

Post by bruce swaybill » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:48 pm

With mixed local/hiway milage, usually mid-high 30's. Occasionally, a long trip on two lane roads at 50-55mph, she'll get low 40's. On the interstate (!) at 65-75mph, never had more than 38mpg. By 150miles she's on reserve. The GL1100 is from the days of 55mph speed limits and while willing, seems a bit "busy" at today's speeds. I will say that a lot of cops nod as I go by ....

I usually fill with Sunoco Ultra 93 octane. I remember what the 1100 sounds like when it knocks "from back in the day" and I don't want to hear "that" again.....

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Re: 83 Goldwing mileage

Post by f1xrupr » Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:38 pm

I've been running 89 & 93 non ethanol, and I get 42 (vacuum advance plugged). Mine is a 1980, and a guy at the store the other day on a new loaded Harley Davidson 1800 TOOK A PICTURE OF MY BIKE!!!...go figure! ....and, it ain't perfect-needs a seat, and the bags need paint.
My exercise bike is a goldwing.

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Re: 83 Goldwing mileage

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:04 pm

With a passenger I get around 36 . Without about 38 or 39.
Rarely do I go on the interstate, so I don't add it in. I drive like an old lady - around 55 or 60 so I guess its conservitave :D . 44 is outstanding!
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Re: 83 Goldwing mileage

Post by BikerBuck » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:07 am

42-47 mpg on my 83 asp. That's solo on 2 lane enjoying the scenery. Bike is pretty much stock except for electronic cruise control. The old girl is still a joy to ride!

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