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felon
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Gas milage

Postby felon » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:14 pm



Hello everyone. I have a question. I have a 2004 Goldwing with a Hannigan trike kit on it. What kind of milage should I be seeing. I just got back to Tucson after a 2000+ mile ride to Austin, Tx. and was seeing high 20's to low 30's for milage. It was just my wife and myself with just a bag apiece in the trunk. We did have considerable wind however. Just wondering what other Goldwing riders are getting. :?: :?: :?: :?:



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Re: Gas milage

Postby cardinal » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:41 pm

I don't know what a trike gets, mpg wise, but I know the wind really affects my '95. Going to Monterey against the wind I got 37 mpg. Same day coming back, with the wind, it gave me 43. Over Pacheco pass both ways.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby themainviking » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:20 pm

felon wrote:Hello everyone. I have a question. I have a 2004 Goldwing with a Hannigan trike kit on it. What kind of milage should I be seeing. I just got back to Tucson after a 2000+ mile ride to Austin, Tx. and was seeing high 20's to low 30's for milage. It was just my wife and myself with just a bag apiece in the trunk. We did have considerable wind however. Just wondering what other Goldwing riders are getting. :?: :?: :?: :?:


I would think that is kind of low. I get about 50 MPG, with a two wheel bike, or 250 to a full tank. (actually, 400 kms to a tank as I am in Canada)
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Re: Gas milage

Postby jinx » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:52 pm

I would say you are in the ball park for mileage. I have an 06 two wheeler and get around 33 mph normal riding. I will get even lower if I ride aggressively.I will get in the high 30s/ low 40s when I ride in the higher altitude states.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby bayoudave » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:20 pm

I ride a 02 1800 Motor Trike and get low to mid 30s on an average day. However, hang the camper loaded down and a head wind and it drops to 20s. So, considering you had some wind you aren't too far off.
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Re: Gas milage

Postby Sidcar » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:36 am

I did a 173 miles over the week end and got 30-32 mpg (Imperial) or around 7 miles per litre.
A lot of the miles where cruising at a steady 70mph.
It's a big sidecar so I don't know if that's good or bad, it's about the same as my car (Saab 9000).

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Re: Gas milage

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:31 pm

Like JINX I also have an 06 two wheeler but I get better gas mileage. While on the interstate if I keep it about 75 I will get in the high 30's and have been known to hit 40mpg. around town it is lower as I am kind of aggressive with the throttle.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby jinx » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:46 pm

Let me clarify one thing . My mpg is based on a corrected speedo and my Nuvi 3790.The Nuvi has a mpg calculator in it. When
you fill up you enter the gallons and it calculates the mpg. Wings before 10 had overly optimistic speedo/odometers . Mine
is about 7% off if not corrected.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby Ghostman » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:01 am

You dont say what RPMs you were running which in the case of a trike make a big difference. On a trike when you get to 3000 RPM it gets to be like a dump valve for gas. 3000 is the magic number. If youre getting 30-35 youre doing OK.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:45 pm

Stay out of TX and you will have up to 25% higher MPG's. So since half your riding was in TX....that is half your problem. I always get a big jump in MPG when I get out of TX no matter what I am driving, bikes, cars or my Sierra crew cab.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby WOJCIECH » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:39 am

I'm doing the tank about 400 km, but the air filter is replaced every year!

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Re: Gas milage

Postby yechave » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:43 pm

We get 41 mpg NE PA. That is two up, PA hills and hwy crusing up to about 70.

I was getting 37 and found out the computer chip for the fuel metering was bad. Covered under warranty.

Reason I had it checked, the lights would dim when I pulled the clutch in.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby kenoday » Wed May 01, 2013 11:40 am

I have an 03 with motor trike kit.Last time I checked it was 37mpg.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby jr16809 » Thu May 02, 2013 8:19 am

Have a '08 Road Smith and low 30's seems about right, could get a little more out of it if we kept the RPM down some. Seems like anything over 2500 RPM the GPM decreases greatly.
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Re: Gas milage

Postby captrik2 » Thu May 02, 2013 10:19 am

I have a 2003 with a california side care trike kit and I am getting about the same between 28 and 32 depending on wind and weather I am driving stop and go or steady at 80mph

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Re: Gas milage

Postby zalesjak » Thu May 02, 2013 10:30 am

With mine 2007 Airbag Wing I make about 400km with 23 litres that is about 42 mil / gal, normal ride til 70 mil / hour.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby Sonney » Sun May 05, 2013 7:33 am

I have an 06 with a Hannigan I get 32 two up and 33 by my self. If I keep it under 3000 RPM.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby Peteswing » Mon May 06, 2013 8:58 am

I am getting about 42 mpg around 210 miles per tank. I do know I have been riding pretty hard has I get use to the bike. When I first got the bike I was easy on it but now I like to whip around,using more fuel I am sure. Haven't replaced my air filter yet its due and on order. This is on two wheels.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby Paulcf » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:22 pm

I routinely get 55 to 57 mpg (Imperial) on my 2003 Goldwing. No trailer, no sidecar, no trike, just a Goldwing on 2 wheels. Cruising speeds of 105-110kph (65-70 mph). I use premium gas also for the cleaning agents in it as compared to regular gas.
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Re: Gas milage

Postby termotecnica » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:44 am

Hi Felon, I usually ride with my wife and about 40 pounds of luggage and average 48 mpg on highways. Generally speaking I assume your drive train will drain some power so will add some resistance. You can assume, then, an average of 30 to 35 as a reasonable consumption.
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Re: Gas milage

Postby PastoT » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:56 pm

I ride an 2002 and generally ride about a 50/50 mix of interstate and city/county roads, mostly with an additionaly trunk rack bag and all three bags full. I usually run 87 octane with 10% corn water unless I can get ethanol free. In Idaho recently you pretty much have to deal with 20+ mph wind everyday so if you're into the wind one way you get it beat on but regain the mileage on the return. I have a corrected speedo (speedo healer GPS set) and new E-3s. I average 42MPG, less I get crap gas then I immediately notice a drop to 36-38. Two up on the local state highway in the montains though I got 44 mpg, so in town is where you lose the game (idle time waiting for lights and the constant accel/decel). I'm generally easy with the throttle and often find myself riding 1 gear up from where I should; not lugging just an easy cruise. Certainly though when I'm in a mood I get on it and wring out the accelerator and it shows with only 36mpg. Once you're on the highway just set the cruise and enjoy the ride, what you loose into the wind might be gained with a tail wind on the way back.
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Re: Gas milage

Postby jhbates2000 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:45 am

In the city after regapping my plugs I am getting 32-35 and on the hwy 40+ and that is with a stiff head wind and alot of hills

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Re: Gas milage

Postby Old legend » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:57 pm

I have been wondering the same thing about gas mileage. I have a new 2013 1800, and my mileage has been around 38 mpg. I only have 400 miles on the bike, so I'm sure it will get better as it breaks in.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby yechave » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:11 pm

Six months ago I posted we were getting 41. Without having put a 1k miles on since and having tested the last three fill ups, we are getting 39.25 tops. The 41 was a solid number and I check the mileage nearly every fill up. The bike just rolled over 24k miles, so it has nothing to do with much of anything else.

My guess is the formulation for the gas is changing. I try and fill up at the same three stations, all the time.

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Re: Gas milage

Postby frostypop » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:12 pm

well in southwest Kansas we get alot of that wind also and it makes a big difference. i have a trailer i pull sometimes on trips probably waying 5-6 hundred pounds at times, and pulling it and 2 up i have gotten anywhere from 28 to 45, depends on fighting wind or tail wind, without it i usually will get between 36 to 45 more around the 36. i think a side wind effects the mileage more than a head wind does. i do know when i get in the mountains of Colorado or New Mexico the mileage goes up, you wouldn't think it would with the electronics doing the adjusting. but i it sounds like your getting about what all the rest of us are. 8-)




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