Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?


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papaBryan5522
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Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by papaBryan5522 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:20 pm



I have a 98 Goldwing 1500 SE trike with MotorTrike conversion. I average 17-25 mpg with normal riding; 15-17 with a trailer or in terrain. A friend just said he gets 32-35 mpg and something must be wrong. Any suggestions for what I should check?



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Re: Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by ct1500 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:23 pm

What is the mileage on the odometer and what is the maintenance history?
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Re: Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by Up&Downer » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:46 am

We'll be following this because I get about the same mileage, mine isn't a trike.
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Re: Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by TwoTone Trike » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:46 am

Have you tried a can of seafoam in your gas tank? Your carbs could be dirty. I have 1999 Hannigan trike and I ran some through mine and it increased my mileage about 3 mpg. It couldn't hurt. Hope this helps. Tony

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Re: Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by welmack » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:04 pm

I have a 98SE with a Motor Trike conversion and I usually get about 23-24 mpg. Not as good as I might like but considering the bigger body riding 2-up I can live with it. I also have a tall Tulsa windshield and that doesn't help either. Mine is also a solid axle.

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Re: Low MPG on 1500 Goldwing Trike?

Post by TwoTone Trike » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:51 pm

Yea those things will have an effect on your mileage. Also how heavy handed you are will affect it. I'm somewhat heavy handed and I average about 30-33 mpgs but, I often ride solo. Have a blessed day, Tony



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