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lennyt
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fuel consumption

Postby lennyt » Thu May 21, 2015 2:30 am



Hello from Australia,
Just joined Goldwing Docs today (21/5/2015). Bought a 2004 Goldy last week and am already in love with it. So many features I did not know were on it!!!
My only query is fuel consumption. On a full tank I reckon I will get about 300 + kilometres. That is about 200 miles. I ride very carefully and do not push it.
I have had many bikes over the years and I am wondering if this is normal?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Regards Lennyt.



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jinx
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby jinx » Thu May 21, 2015 7:03 am

Have a 2006 with over 180,000 miles on it and I typically get between 32 to 34 mpg U.S. . I have done from 28 mpg when new to 45 mpg . Typically I find that in the high altitude states out west I get the best mpg. I now ride until the reserve light comes on and then figure I have another 40 miles til
empty. At times I have fueled up at under 150 miles because of were the next gas stop is.

Being in Australia ,envious very envious, you might want to look into a MSR fuel bottle. I keep one in my saddle bay and it has saved my ass a couple of times.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby themainviking » Thu May 21, 2015 7:37 am

I get between 40 and 52 MPG on Imperial Gallons, so about 200 to 260 miles (320 to 415 kms so between 7.0L and 5.4L per 100 Kms) on a tank, depending on if I am pulling a trailer or not. That pretty much equates to what the previous poster gets. I keep the tachometer under 3,000 RPM for best economy. That means I drive at 110 kmph (about 70 mph) or less. When I drive faster than that and get the rpms above 3K, my fuel mileage suffers. Enjoy your bike - they are the greatest touring machine on the planet. When we get space ships, I may change my mind. :lol:
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby PastoT » Thu May 21, 2015 3:50 pm

I've not run down a full tank yet, but tracking my MPG I get best above 4000 ft in attitude 42-43MPG and at 3000 ft I get 35-36MPG but that is 1/2 interstate 75-80MPH with a trailer and 1/2 in town riding without a trailer. Its been a while since I've been in the mountains or on the interstate without a trailer but as I recall I get about 38MPG one up. A themainviking mentioned you take a hit above 70MPH. I have to say if you can get ethanol free fuel you'll improve mileage and performance but it does cost more when available.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Darksider 562 » Thu May 21, 2015 4:05 pm

Good Morning Lenny, congrats on the new ride. You can get closer to 400k's per tank. As stated earlier, run it till the reserve light comes on, you've still got a good 50km after that till it runs out. That will give you an indication of the distance you can travel on a full tank. I'm in Brisvegas too, so if you want, PM me.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby harvey01 » Thu May 21, 2015 4:07 pm

I have an 04 GL1800. The type riding has a definitely effect on gas mileage. Since I am in the USA and sort of a dolt, I cannot compute in kilometers but this is what I have found.

Me riding solo I average about 40/42 MPG.
Me riding solo pulling a trailer I average about 37/39MPG.
I have also learned that 3000 rpms is sort of a magic point for fuel consumption. If I am cruising below that level, gas mileage is 40+ and I have seen as high as 50MPG if the speed stays below 55MPH. As you go above 3000 rpm the gas mileage begins to drop and then plummets down. I normally am stopping for gas between 180--200 miles more because I want a break. If I am riding with my wife that stop is between 150-180 miles because that is the limit on her bike---not a Gold Wing.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Fri May 22, 2015 5:17 am

It's been a while since I have computed my MPG but I generally start looking for a gas station after about 240 miles of highway riding. In another week I am taking my ride to Ohio and 99 percent of the trip will be on the interstate with the cruise set about a needles width below 80 so will track my mileage during the trip. I figure that it will be just around 35 MPG.

By the way my ride is a 2006 with just over 180,000 on the odometer. During that time I only had one warranty problem (bad seat) aside from the recall for the brakes and only minor problems since. I wish that my 4 wheel vehicles were as dependable.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Red Ron » Fri May 22, 2015 10:11 am

Congrats on new bike. Notice that it is a 2004. Wondering how many miles (or kilometers) on it. Do you know if the spark plugs and air filter have been changed? You can pick up some mileage that way if it has been a while between changes. BTW the engine, being bullett proof, is good for at least 300,000 miles or 500,000 kilometers in most cases before having to do replace anything major.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri May 22, 2015 10:58 am

I have an F6B and I tend to be 'heavy handed' on the gas. But even so, I get 38-40 MPG on the bike. Pretty impressive to me.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby lennyt » Sat May 23, 2015 2:28 am

Dear fellow Goldy's
Thanks for your input re fuel consumption. I also have a Suzuki Burgman 650 that I use for commuting to work and stuff and that's a lot of fun.
But it aint a Goldwing!!!! Looking forward to many years on the Goldy.
Regards LennyT.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat May 23, 2015 7:30 am

I've never checked the actual mpg or litres per 100,but I usually get pretty close to 400 klm's per tank riding 2-up 98% of the time with my 04.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby oilboy1162 » Sun May 24, 2015 10:06 am

Good topic and congrats on your new ride. i JUST got back from my run from New Hampshire all the way to the bottom of Key West,Forida.Total miles cloked out at 3714.5 and i averaged 40MPGfor the trip. Rode me and my wife running 70- 80mph. Definatly hit a wall much over 3000rpm.goes as high as 45mpg under 60. Happy riding!
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby paininthe10 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:27 pm

I normally get 200 miles or a tad over on a tank of regular gas. Got to remember it is a six cylinder so it will be a little hungry for sure. Drive fast and that mile
age decreases fast.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby m2102 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:21 pm

I road mine today till light came on, first time I did that, and filled up at next gas station. had 192 miles on that tank and filled to bottom of the neck and put in 5.4 gallons. 2 up most of the time and it came out to just over 35.5 mpg. first chance I'm going to check air filter and change plugs. I'm 3rd owner and don't know if they ever been changed

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby AZgl1800 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:03 pm

Congrats on an excellent choice of bikes.

I typically get 33 mpg average over a 1,000 miles.

I have a Tulsa Tall windshield which is 4 inches higher than stock.

It is important that you know what windshield folks have when you try to do comparisons.
the very best comparisons result when you are touring with a friend, and you both fill up at the exact same time, every time.

Also, how heavy are they on the throttle? what elevation are they crusing at?
Level lands or mountains?

Me? I just twist it and go as fast as the legal limit will let me...
and I don't care if the wind is against me or not, I am just out there to enjoy myself.

I have a fuel chart that I made 4 years ago, over 3,000 miles and meticulously recorded every drop of fuel. Average for that trip was 32.8

lowest was 24 mpg at a ridiculously high rate of speed against a heavy headwind of about 40 mph.
The flip side is, with a tailwind at the end of that same trip, I got over 41 mpg.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby oilboy1162 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:46 am

Update:
went on a chapter ride yesterday stating in upstate New Hampshire, over to Vermont, and back down for a stop at a BBQ (yes , we have them here too!!) then home. 249.8 mile as the low fuel light flickered. 5.4 gallons comes out a tick over 45!! never went above 65mph. Whew!
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Paulcf » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:57 pm

I use regular grade non ethanol gasoline here in Canada and I routinely get 55 mpg and as high as 57mpg (imperial gallon). Someone said that above 3,000 rpm and gas mileage drops a lot and I agree 100%. If I keep revs below 3,000 (a 6th gear would be awesome!) then I am good for 250-260 miles (my bike is a USA one) range. Remember proper tire pressure is also a key factor and as some have pointed out, a very tall and/or wide windshield may reduce gas mileage. I also am a slow starter from a stop sign or red light and try to keep the revs down, letting the bike build momentum gradually.

The Goldwing is of course a big frontal area vehicle, over 1,000 lbs with a rider, etc. I wonder what the Coefficient of Drag is for a Goldwing as compared to, say, a Prius? Somehow I fear that our beloved Goldwings are not very aerodynamic and only the fact that it isn't wide or as heavy as a car helps our mileage.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Red Ron » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:16 pm

I have had 2 wings - an '08 and a '13. I have documented virtually the same mileage on both of them (after allowing for the miscalibration of the '08's speedometer) which is 40 - 45mpg depending on how fast I drive.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby AZgl1800 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:22 am

Red Ron wrote:I have had 2 wings - an '08 and a '13. I have documented virtually the same mileage on both of them (after allowing for the miscalibration of the '08's speedometer) which is 40 - 45mpg depending on how fast I drive.


I just simply don't have the patience to mess around at 40 or 45 mph all day trying to achieve some ridiculously high mpg number.

I know folks who "say they get" 40-45 mpg, but they weren't with me to see that for my own eyes.
with a spreadsheet covering 4,400 miles, and the overall average just shy of 33....

https://www.yousendit.com/download/YTYr ... R0ZFQlE9PQ

I am a disbeliever... I rode with a 1100, a 1200 and a 1500 last month for a couple of tanks of gas, we were within 1/2 gallon on each of them at the refueling stops. All riding together at the same speeds, doing all the law allows and not damaging our insurance rates.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Red Ron » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:23 am

AZgl1500 wrote:
Red Ron wrote:I have had 2 wings - an '08 and a '13. I have documented virtually the same mileage on both of them (after allowing for the miscalibration of the '08's speedometer) which is 40 - 45mpg depending on how fast I drive.


I just simply don't have the patience to mess around at 40 or 45 mph all day trying to achieve some ridiculously high mpg number.

I know folks who "say they get" 40-45 mpg, but they weren't with me to see that for my own eyes.
with a spreadsheet covering 4,400 miles, and the overall average just shy of 33....

https://www.yousendit.com/download/YTYr ... R0ZFQlE9PQ

I am a disbeliever... I rode with a 1100, a 1200 and a 1500 last month for a couple of tanks of gas, we were within 1/2 gallon on each of them at the refueling stops. All riding together at the same speeds, doing all the law allows and not damaging our insurance rates.


I don't ride 40 - 45 mph. I ride about 60 - 65 mph on 2 lane roads. I don't try to break any quarter mile records on take offs, or sit and twist the throttle at stops, and I coast up to stops taking advantage kinetic energy. (I think they call it hyper driving). On interstates I set the cruise to about 72 and get about 39 to 40mpg. I hope my calculations are right as I work part time as a math instructor at the local college, and also recently stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. As I said this is my experience with the 2 wings I have owned. Maybe I am just lucky.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby cihilb » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:27 pm

m2102 wrote:I road mine today till light came on, first time I did that, and filled up at next gas station. had 192 miles on that tank and filled to bottom of the neck and put in 5.4 gallons. 2 up most of the time and it came out to just over 35.5 mpg. first chance I'm going to check air filter and change plugs. I'm 3rd owner and don't know if they ever been changed


On a 2004, you still had about 1.6 gallons left when the light comes on, or about another 50 miles. I once ran my 2004 to 285 miles and put in 6.4 gallons, that was cruising at about 65mph and just under 3000 rpm. These are US gallons. 44MPG.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:47 am

Paulcf wrote:The Goldwing is of course a big frontal area vehicle, over 1,000 lbs with a rider, etc. I wonder what the Coefficient of Drag is for a Goldwing as compared to, say, a Prius? Somehow I fear that our beloved Goldwings are not very aerodynamic and only the fact that it isn't wide or as heavy as a car helps our mileage.


The Cd of pretty much any motorcycle is pretty miserable. Even on faired bikes, the only streamlining occurs on the fairing, after which the rider/passenger area, controls, etc. dictate that there is no air control. This means that the air pushed out of the way by the fairing collapses into eddies and turbulence in the riding area - the "buffet" normally felt by the rider and passenger. This is pure drag.

You could vastly improve the Cd by streamlining the whole bike, and I'm pretty sure you could probably get the mileage to at least double - at least at highway speeds. This is the kind of thing Craig Vetter is now doing with his Streamliner kit: http://www.craigvetter.com/pages/Online ... store.html

Alan Smith, riding a 250 Ninja with a Vetter Streamliner kit took first place at the 2015 Vetter Mid Ohio Challenge this year, getting 161 mpg. This is a bike that normally gets 50-70 mpg.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Dark Angel » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:48 am

Ours is a couple of weeks old. Only has 1300 miles or so and we are averaging 39 - 41 US miles per gallon. Two up mix of Interstate, highway, and my work commute, which is a lot of stop and go and country.
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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Scooter363y » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:02 pm

I have a 2014 wing that has just clocked 3,000 miles. Just gettin broke in. I don't ride very fast 55-65 mph. Mostly with my wife on the back. I have been getting 40+ mpg with a high of 45.6 on one tank. I am very pleased with my machine. I cannot see going any faster than that. I enjoy the ride why would I want to do something that raises the chance for an accident and shortens the time I'm enjoying my bike.

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Re: fuel consumption

Postby Easy rider » Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:19 pm

Scooter363y wrote:I have a 2014 wing that has just clocked 3,000 miles. Just gettin broke in. I don't ride very fast 55-65 mph. Mostly with my wife on the back. I have been getting 40+ mpg with a high of 45.6 on one tank. I am very pleased with my machine. I cannot see going any faster than that. I enjoy the ride why would I want to do something that raises the chance for an accident and shortens the time I'm enjoying my bike.

Scott


My wing is 2013 and I have approx the same consumption of 40+ (computed from litres and kilometers which we are using in EU). 95% riding with passanger.
In a view of weight and power, I foud it as a preety economic bike.




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