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loopy
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fuel economy

Post by loopy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:13 am



I assume this topic may have been done to death BUT I have just purchased a 2003 Wing and went for my first ride today.

How many miles can I expect on average, riding "normally" from a tank of fuel.

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Re: fuel economy

Post by mterraci » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:30 am

180 - 200 miles. I get 37 - 38 mpg riding to work each day (highway with a few red lights), I ride normally and don't twist the throttle too hard. I get 40 on the open road. I also don't wait until it's empty to fill up, usually have about a gallon and a half left.

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Re: fuel economy

Post by bstig60 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:21 pm

I recently bought a 2003. I am getting 38 on the freeway running an indicated 80 MPH. No problem getting 200 miles from a tank. I have put about 800 miles on the bike in the past two weeks. Haven't checked all around driving yet, but will report back when I do.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by themainviking » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:56 pm

That fits with what I get. 250 to a tank.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by bstig60 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:03 pm

I filled up this morning with 203 miles on the tank and it took 5.3 gallons. No low fuel light and the gauge was not in the red yet. Again, freeway driving at 75-80 MPH. That works out to 38.3 MPG. I am pleased with the mileage. That means I could get 40 + if I keep it under 3000 RPM. We will see what it does when I get the Time Out behind it.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by Davek80514 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:24 pm

If I'm careful doing easy starts, lots of highway driving and keep the cruise control at 79mph. I've been getting 40.3mpg. And I'm a big 375+ guy.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by Justin K. » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:06 pm

2005: consistently 240-260 per tank.
135-145 at the half marker.
210-225 to the light on solid (no blinking).

I ride one-up, not particularly aggressive, no interstates if I can help it.

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Re: fuel economy

Post by Dark Angel » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:30 am

41 mpg. All the time. Mine is a 15 with the new skin that doesn't require all those wings, and deflectors and such.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by PastoT » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:10 pm

I live at about 3000 ft above sea level which plays a roll in mpg as much as speed, and riding style. I'm not aggressive with my 2002 and riding sppleds are split half a 75mph and half around 50. I get around 37mpg one up, 35 with my HF Tag-Along, still if I ride under 70mph I can make 39mpg and in the mountains above 5000 feet I get just over 40mpg. On my last vacation with my Time Out camp trailer (500#) in a wide variety of altitudes and speeds I averaged 32mpg. In short higher the altitude and/or slowing down the better mileage you'll get. Avoid ethanol and your can reach even better mpg (+1-2 mpg). Also realize your speedometer/odometer is likely off 5-7% from the factory (reading fast); my speedo is corrected to match GPS speed, prior to that I swore I was getting over 40mpg consistently.
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Re: fuel economy

Post by bstig60 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:24 pm

PastoT wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:10 pm
I live at about 3000 ft above sea level which plays a roll in mpg as much as speed, and riding style. On my last vacation with my Time Out camp trailer (500#) in a wide variety of altitudes and speeds I averaged 32mpg. Also realize your speedometer/odometer is likely off 5-7% from the factory (reading fast); my speedo is corrected to match GPS speed, prior to that I swore I was getting over 40mpg consistently.
I live at about 2500 feet and ride a lot in both low and high altitudes. I too have a Time Out trailer and was curious about what kind of mileage I could expect pulling it as compared to my 1500,. I have a trip to Glacier National Park and over to Olympic NP and back down the coast highway coming up in mid July. My speedo is off about 3 MPH according to my GPS. How did you correct the stock speedo? Did you go to a taller rear tire?
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Re: fuel economy

Post by PastoT » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:01 pm

I used a Speedo healer to correct my speedometer, and used my GPS for speed comparison on the interstate with cruise set to establish the two different readings. With my time-Out I averaged 32mpg on a trip from Mountain Home Idaho to Tucson Arizona first half was Interstate to 80 mph and then through the slot canyon area of S Utah and rim country of N Arizona (altitudes between 2000 and 7000 feet and temps from 38F to 116F. I had a car top bag atop the trailer as well and it weighed in overall just over 500 lbs.


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