Mileage on a 1984 STD


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Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby filupsd » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:38 am



First I have to say it's December and it was 70 degrees this weekend in MO so I was able to put about 200 miles on my 1984 Standard.

Now the real question.

My bike wasn't ridden much in the last few years before I bought it. I have worked at getting it to run better. I put a lot of Seafoam through the tank and now it will actually idle properly. What I wonder is what kind of mileage should I be seeing on a bike with only 45,000 miles on it. On the road I am only getting about 25MPG. Is there something I should check and adjust that would help increase MPG?

I had a choke issue and I am installing a new cable as soon as it arrives but I guess it could still be running on the rich side.??????



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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:47 pm

Unless you are WOT and twisting the throttle full steam at every chance you should expect 35+
pull a couple of plugs and see if they are soot black.Plug condition tells a bunch about how the engine is running.
There's even a post about "how to read your spark plugs"

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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby feetup » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:49 pm

hi filupsd;

I'm not sure, but it seems that the standard should get similar mileage to the interstate, if not better. The lack of fairing and what little aerodynamic benefit it provides should be more than made up for by the greatly reduced weight.
My 84 interstate normally exceeds 44 mpg (US gallon)

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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby filupsd » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:54 pm

I'm not sure what WOT is but being a newer rider I am still a bit cautious so I don't run and gun too much. I will say I am a big (6'2" 2much) not very aerodynamic guy. So feetup I'm sure I make up for the weight of the fairing...

Admin I will pull the plugs this week and read the post about spark plugs.

Thanks
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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:14 pm

Oh...Sorry about the short version...
WOT= wide open throttle.
PO=previous owner.....
CRS= uh..uh...i don't remember. :D

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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby filupsd » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:48 am

Virgil
I think I said admin in my last post sorry but thanks for the definitions. Haven't gotten to the spark plugs yet but it did turn cold so I will get to it soon. I also read the post about trimming the plug to get a bigger spark. Any thoughts from any one on that?

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Re: Mileage on a 1984 STD

Postby tprender » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:37 pm

I would go an get a vacuum guage and sync the carbs. I am sure that they need to be set to run together. I was able to do mine last week with just one guage and I think that I was able to get them closer with one instead of 4.




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