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Gas Mileage

Postby doctorofpain » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:51 pm



Only had the 06 1800 for a few weeks and I just had the chance to check gas mileage, got 210 miles before low fuel light came on and 38.8 mpg. I'm happy just curious if this is average?
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby frostypop » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:19 pm

yep pretty much...i get anywhere from 35 to 45 depending on how im riding and how much the wind is blowing. if i go to the mountains that is when i get my best milage. 8-)

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby artgrantz » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:37 am

That is about the same as I get when just riding around. If I am on the interstate all day it gets 40 mpg or above.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby jonnypar » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:27 pm

That's about what I average also, depending on my right wrist. I met a guy two weeks ago who told me he gets over 300 miles to a tank and usually more than that. When he and friends are riding he said he would get 1 1/2 times better mileage than all the others.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby PastoT » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:36 pm

If you want to get excited find some ethanol free go juice; you'll get another 3-5 mpg and a nice kick in the pants!
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby wing rider 2012 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:56 pm

PastoT wrote:If you want to get excited find some ethanol free go juice; you'll get another 3-5 mpg and a nice kick in the pants!


You can make your own ethanol free gas, get 4 gallons of gas in a 5 gallon can, add a gallon of water, turn the over with the spout down and plugged, give the can a good shaking and then let it sit for a couple of days. The ethanol will bond with the water and after the water has settled to the bottom of the can you can just drain out the water and leave the gas in the can. NO ethanol.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:31 pm

wing rider 2012 wrote:
PastoT wrote:If you want to get excited find some ethanol free go juice; you'll get another 3-5 mpg and a nice kick in the pants!


You can make your own ethanol free gas, get 4 gallons of gas in a 5 gallon can, add a gallon of water, turn the over with the spout down and plugged, give the can a good shaking and then let it sit for a couple of days. The ethanol will bond with the water and after the water has settled to the bottom of the can you can just drain out the water and leave the gas in the can. NO ethanol.


See the procedure detailed with pictures here: How to make your own ethanol-free gasoline

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby PastoT » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:33 pm

I've used the water into gas trick for most of the equipment on my ranch. Fortunately for me I have two stations where ehtanol free gas is available. Gotta love our ruralness, more of our corn is either served with steak or fed to the livestock here.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby jmichael » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:19 am

On a 900 mile round trip from Little Rock to south Louisiana a month back, I finally got a chance to do a good check on my 2008 Wing's gas mileage...happy to say I got 40 mpg running at 65 to 75 on the freeway most of the trip! Was able to use the cruise control for long portions of the ride.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby PastoT » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:53 pm

I get the great opportunity to change my air filter for the first time this week-end. Another thread I read mentioned the increase in mpg and performance they experienced. I'll update with what I find, as my mileage has taken a hit lately, although I have adjusted my shift points up a bit so it may be self induced issue. I've done everything else under the Tupperware so far, but never had a filter on hand so it shouldn't be to foreign a task. I'm thinking 2 hours, without any distractions.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby sir charles » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:35 am

Road Trip To MD. from Smiths, Alabama

1. Avg Cost per gal: 53.587gals used 15 fuel ups= $3.572

2. Miles Per Gal: 49.766 total Gals used /1634miles=32.833 miles per gal.

3. I was a one up rider on a 2006 "HONDA GOLDWING" Sweet Pearl!

4. I towed my trailer "tow tow" hauling around 175lbs of gear.

5. My Avg Speed was:#!!#@#$^&%

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby frostypop » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:52 pm

sir charles wrote:Road Trip To MD. from Smiths, Alabama

1. Avg Cost per gal: 53.587gals used 15 fuel ups= $3.572

2. Miles Per Gal: 49.766 total Gals used /1634miles=32.833 miles per gal.

3. I was a one up rider on a 2006 "HONDA GOLDWING" Sweet Pearl!

4. I towed my trailer "tow tow" hauling around 175lbs of gear.

5. My Avg Speed was:#!!#@#$^&%

Gods Speed!


I like your average speed. 8-) I think thats what mine will be from now on :!:

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby sir charles » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:11 pm

Good Evening Wingers

I'll post more of my mileage numbers later. I try to track all miles for any trip over 200 miles. 8-)

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby vinlugg » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:26 am

Hi guys,

I check my mileage every time I fill up. I've never gotten less than 40MPG and the best I've done so far was a trip to Florida with the bike "loaded" and got 43MPG on one of the fill ups. Got to love a motorcycle that gets this kind of mileage(on regular 87 octane), rides like a dream, passes every thing it wants to and looks awesome all at the same time!!
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby themainviking » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:25 am

vinlugg wrote:Hi guys,

I check my mileage every time I fill up. I've never gotten less than 40MPG and the best I've done so far was a trip to Florida with the bike "loaded" and got 43MPG on one of the fill ups. Got to love a motorcycle that gets this kind of mileage(on regular 87 octane), rides like a dream, passes every thing it wants to and looks awesome all at the same time!!


Except for the rides like a dream, you just described my Harley Softail Custom. My "Hawk Slayer" rides like a nightmare tho, which is close. I thought it rode pretty good till I got a Goldwing. Then I did not ride the Harleys for a couple of years. I got back on "Hawk Slayer" this summer, and it is downright scary. It does, however, get better fuel mileage than my Goldwing does. Less engine though, and also less weight.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:18 am

If I keep the cruise set just a hair below 80 on the interstate I normally start looking for a gas station around 220/240 miles. That's one up and loaded for travel (no trailer). That's a lot better than the 17mpg I get in the truck. Now you can see why I travel on the Wing.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby vinlugg » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:43 pm

"Except for the rides like a dream, you just described my Harley Softail Custom. My "Hawk Slayer" rides like a nightmare tho, which is close. I thought it rode pretty good till I got a Goldwing. Then I did not ride the Harleys for a couple of years. I got back on "Hawk Slayer" this summer, and it is downright scary. It does, however, get better fuel mileage than my Goldwing does. Less engine though, and also less weight."


At leasy you realize there's a BIG differnece between the HD and the GW.
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby rcdoc » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:17 pm

yes I get 35-41 mpg depending if riding solo or 2 up.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby buffdaddy55 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:27 pm

Have a '85 Aspy and an '02 1800. I average on both,42 MPG using non-eth and adding atf to each tank. Avg 46 on interstate,alone or 2up. :o

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby rcdoc » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:17 am

are you adding automatic transmission fluid? atf.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby buffdaddy55 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:38 am

Yep! :idea: It keeps everything running smoother.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby rcdoc » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:08 pm

I guess it makes a good top end lubricant. I've been known to add some two stoke mixed fuel to my carburated bikes once in a while but they don't have cats.

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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby canuck623 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:19 am

I never get less than 40. I recently changed my plugs for an iridium set and my mileage went up 3 - 5 per mile. They cost more but they last at least 6X's longer so.....
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby vinlugg » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:58 am

3-5 miles per gallon by just changing the plugs!! Wow 45 MPG. That is amazing. If I change my plugs to the ones mentioned and all my fluids to full synthetic if I could squeeze 6-8 per gallon more??
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Re: Gas Mileage

Postby canuck623 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:22 am

vinlugg wrote:3-5 miles per gallon by just changing the plugs!! Wow 45 MPG. That is amazing. If I change my plugs to the ones mentioned and all my fluids to full synthetic if I could squeeze 6-8 per gallon more??



Well as in everything "your results may vary" but yes you should notice an improvement in mileage and performance. As for the full synthetic oils I am not that big a fan. All synthetics start out as dinosaur oil but the refining is tighter and there are more additives put in. I prefer to use the blends because they retain more cling qualities than the full synthetics do. If you have the tendency to let your bike sit for a few days now and then the blend will stay on the gears and other parts so you don't have a dry start-up but I digress. At 50 bucks or less for a set of Iridium plugs compared to 15 to 18 for a regular set they are not cheap but the Iridium will last 60 to 80K miles while the standard plug goes 16K. That is a savings right there in parts and time or labor if you have to pay to get them changed. I also only use 89 or better octane.


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