Rear brake and gas mileage


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kc10fe
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Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by kc10fe » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:55 am



I have a 2012 1800 and as I was cleaning it on the center stand I notice while spinning the rear tire I hear what sounds like the brake pads rubbing lightly against the disc. I have noticed this since I have owned the bike for about two years but just now decided to ask the question. The tire rotates easy but it stops as soon as you stop moving it. There is no coast down, not even slightly. I have had the brake recall done last spring. Is this normal? And on a side note, my ride to work is 25 miles each way with ALOT of stop and go. I am averaging about 180 miles per tank of gas. I read of people getting much more out of their wings but I assume this is mostly highway mileage. Just trying to get a feel for what is normal for the 1800 wing. Thank you for your time.



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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by Plumman » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:31 am

That is not normal. Check to see if they overfilled your rear brake master cylinder when the recall was done. That can cause the the pads not to return fully. :P

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by thrasherg » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:43 pm

As stated, this is normal, the drive shaft has a lot of drag, which is why the wheel stops turning so quickly. Disk pads will always touch the disk surface, but it should be very light.. What you describe sounds completely normal.

Gary

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by raven41951 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:50 pm

The brake question has been answered. As far as mileage goes, I have a 21 mile commute, 15 of it on the interstate. At 5:30AM traffic is light and I can travel any speed I like. If I leave later, traffic is heavier and I tend to ride faster (about 5mph or less more than the "travel" lane). That said, I ride at between 70 and 80 mph on the interstate, 45 or less on the rest of the journey. When new, I was averaging 35 mpg. Currently at 3,000 miles, I am averaging 39 mpg combined.

Previous checks on this and my 1500 indicated that maximum mpg was obtained at 55mph +/- a few mph. I have seen as high as 50 mpg on the 1500 at a 45-60 mph run of 75 miles and near 45 mpg on the same run with the 1800, but that was when new so it could have gone up. I am currently seeing better mileage with the 1800 than the 1500 under similar conditions.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by thrasherg » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:31 am

I ride 25 miles each way to work and usually have to fill up between 170 & 180 miles (when the low fuel light comes on), so i can't say if what your getting is good or bad, but it's identical to my 1800, so hopefully we are both getting good gas mileage!! :D

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by Red Ron » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:18 am

Up there in NJ you should probably be getting some cool evenings. So, after a short 20 or 30 mile ride the rotor should still be warm but not so hot that you can't hold on to it for a few seconds. At least that has been my experience with my last 2 wings.

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by kc10fe » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:24 pm

Thank you to each and every one of you for the replies! I read each one and I am thankful that my 1800 seems to be on par with what you are telling me. Again, thank you for taking the time to reply to my question.

Rich

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by barnett1800 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:07 am

I've owned my 2007 Level 3 for about 2 1/2 years. It had just under 75,000 miles on it when I took possession.

30,600 miles and 200 fill-ups later:
  • Highest MPG: 49.1
  • Lowest MPG: 27.7
  • Average MPG: 34.3
Weekend riding and trips yield the best MPG, generally between 38 and 40.

The daily commute is 25 miles round trip of combined interstate and stop & go. The average commute MPG is 31.

Your commute results seem on the mark.

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Re: Rear brake and gas mileage

Post by kc10fe » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:28 pm

Thank you, Barnett1800! I am glad to hear that everything seems to be on target. I appreciate you taking the time to reply. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Rich



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