'83 GL1100 Milage reports:


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'83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby crisco » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:23 am



I'd like to hear what other '83 1100's are getting for milage. Mine's feeling a bit low, so I'm looking for some points of referance before I start the trouble shooting.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby emt613 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:43 am

Hey Chris, I have an 83 Aspy and this summer have been routinely getting in the HIGH 30's even in the 40's. On a road trip to Detroit I got 46, mostly on the freeway. 240 miles round trip.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:27 pm

My 82 1100 Aspencade gets high 30's in town, and I can push 45 or more on the highway. The faster you go, the worse the mileage gets - that's a big fairing to push through the air.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:35 pm

I'd like to know how many miles guys have put on their bikes on here, I only have 53.000 and I feel its not broken in yet...Who has the highest with the original engine...??? I'm 265lbs and I am getting upper 30's on milage highway ../weight should be a factor...

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby emt613 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:24 am

Bought my 83 this spring and it had just shy of 29k on it, now sits over 32k. Myself, I am about 260 to 270 depending on which scale I use to make me feel guilty.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby crisco » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:35 am

Well, then I have some work to do. I avg 26-31, and even got 24 on one tank. Mostly intown (stoplight-stoplight) but that still sounds sub-par.

Let the games begin! Should I start with the fuel side or ignition?

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:58 am

Ignition is easier to check..so start there, first pull plugs light tan is best, black fouled ignition or flooding issue and look at the spark as you turn it over..plugs out..gas off carbs run dry...but on the engine/grounded, ,then compression, reset valves if low and then you can look into your carbs you should get high 30's to low 40's as an average with conservative driving. High speeds over 65 or goosing it on take off you'll drop into the mid 30's quickly. Almost forgot check tire pressure first low pressure hurts gas mileage a lot.
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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:25 pm

A good clean air filter will make a difference too, can't forget that...That's like lungs to a human...

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby cbodnar » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:01 am

I just put 1200 miles on my '83 Interstate this past week on a trip through Vermont and the Adirondacks in upper New York State. I averaged a little over 47 mpg for the trip with both a passenger and a full load of gear. Normal mileage for a single rider (just me) on the bike is 50 to 51 mpg. The machine is kept in tune (valves and carb sync), and with normal oil and filter changes (oil, air and fuel). I also run a little SeaFoam every few tank-fulls for carb maintenance. So far... so good!

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:09 pm

So your going almost 200 miles before it gets to the reserve area, I think there's almost a gallon left once it hits the reserve, that's crazy good gas mileage...these tanks are about 5 gallons aren't they..I know the 83 is geared different then the 81's are but would that make that much a difference? Mine is tuned and such but I don't get that good of gas miles...How fast were you traveling?

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby Billh500 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:05 pm

I think it's no more than 4.5 gallons. I picked up my 83 about 6-8 weeks ago. I have put about 1000-1500 miles on it since. I am at 29000 now and would say I average mid 30's as an average. I've gone 160 miles on a tank and 130 with heavy city driving. I never seem to put more than 4 gallons back in, so I don't bring it down to vapors.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby cbach1981 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:27 pm

I'm in par with crisco, average low 30's sometimes high 20's. about 240 and empty storage, so no extra weight on the bike other than the fool on the seat. Plan on tearing into it soon, winter's coming in the great white north.
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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:14 pm

I have learned one thing here, No more taco's for me... I want 50 miles to a gallon too...Ribs must be good in Ohio too huh Emt613 ha ha... I feel bad now...

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby crisco » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:03 pm

Air filter is awesome, tire pressures are perfect. Brakes aren't dragging either....haha.

Will look into ignition next time I have free time, we'll see! :mrgreen:

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:51 pm

I was wondering, will the exhaust or mufflers make a difference in your mileage, I had an old 4 runner and put a new exhaust system on it and it seemed to improve the gas miles...I don't know about this does anyone else??? Would it make a difference..

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:38 am

It can. If the exhaust is creating back pressure (meaning there is air pressure preventing the piston from pushing the exhaust fumes out of the cylinder, making it do more work) then that can negatively affect mileage. That's what the crossover tube is for - when the exhaust pulse for one side of the engine has passed the crossover tube, a slight vacuum is created - just as the other side of the engine is exhausting - and in theory, this will help "suck" the exhaust out of the engine. Of course, this has to be engineered to operate at specific engine RPM's - this is what is commonly called a "tuned exhaust." There are always trade-offs.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby nvrider » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:01 pm

My 83 GL1100I Is now getting 41.879 in the city on a daily round tip to work and back up from 32.335 I'm gussing the seafome cleaned up the carbs, on the inside I'm a true beliver in seafome!!!!!

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby Kiwi_Roy » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:10 pm

Well my 83 has been giving terrible milage.
The last tank of gas it had evaporated before I had a chance to burn it :lol:
An 83 with 351 km (0 0 0 3 5 1) on the odometer can you believe that?
Bought new in 83 by PO then parked in his garage for 27 years.
Even though never ridden it's surprising how the brakes and brightwork deteriorated, paint's good. :D

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:12 pm

the '80 and '81 wings are going to average less mpg than an '82 or '83 because of the difference in gearing
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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby jab2of3 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:33 pm

my 81 GL1100 gets 44 highway. 27000 miles on it. never been synced since i bought it.
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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby ram11397 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:49 pm

My 82 Aspencade gets 37-39 mph around town and 44-46 Highway, But when i push it over 80 highway drops down to 37-38. I haven't sync the carbs.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby oldgold82 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:49 pm

I just took a 750 mile round trip on interstate and got high 20's low 30's, but we were going at a good clip around 75-80, sometimes a little faster. In town I get low to mid 30's and I usually drive pretty easy around town. On those occasions I've driven 60 on the highway I can usually pull low 40's. I've got 103k on the clock.

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby binder49 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:30 pm

My 1980 GL1100 will pull about 43 mpg in the highway. It has 105700 miles on it. Still runs like a top

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:12 pm

The best I got on my 1980 1100 was 42.5 and the average seeems to be at 40.Mileage is allmost 74000.Regards,Johnyy

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Re: '83 GL1100 Milage reports:

Postby dan hefta » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:46 pm

I was averaging 38mpg with just my big butt on the bike, then I custumized the exhaust... All I did was cut the tail pipes off just behind the big muffler pull all of the baffles and insulation out of it and weld it back on... Bike has a lower voice now and I am getting 44mpg with my wife onboard. I actually got 49mpg on the freeway cruising at 70-75mph on one tank. Time will tell but I am definately liking that simple little mod.




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