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doug1950
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Just got a GW. trike and wondering what kind of MPG every one out there are getting :D



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2003Cobra
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I haven't checked it exactly but I can get around 180 -190 miles on a tank before I start looking for a gas station. One of these days I'll take an exact measurement.
2003 Goldwing GL1800 with CSC Cobra trike kit.
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we will never get 'exact measurements'

every trip is different, up hill, down hill, head winds, tail winds, cross winds.

two up, one up, different throttle control / speed.

all those things make for a mish mash of MPG readings.

I use a cellphone app called fuelio, and it gives "Exact MPG" per trip, but, did I fill the gas tank exactly the same, did both gas pumps calibrate out the same when pumping fuel?

but, it gives an overall view of how things are, and it will give Average MPG since you started recording, or for a specified Date Range.

Fuelio has shown me per tank MPG readings of 22 mpg, up to 40 mpg.
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Fuelio screenshots



















I used to have records going back 3 years, but my cellphone broke, and it was not sync'ing to the cloud like I thought it was, and I lost all the last 10 years of Fuelio.
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I don't have a 1800 trike yet, maybe someday? Mine is a well maintained 1500, but some things don't change.

A 1800 trike is gonna easily get 5-10 mpg lower fuel mileage than the same 1800 would as a bike.

"Why" is because there's a couple hundred more pounds to tote, accelerate from 0 to some speed, haul up hills too. There are two big "air brakes" that never stop working as the trike moves through atmosphere, increasing drag hugely with higher speeds, they are the rear fenders. There are two additional good size heavy "flywheels" that need to be accelerated and slowed at every stop, they are the rear wheels with tires.

I didn't mention gears in rear differentials or drive shafts as bikes have final drives & driveshafts too, my guess is nearly the same mechanical resistance. I do notice that more often, trikes have co-riders too, so that would add 150 lbs. or so "dressed" weight, more or less. Trikes do seem to better handle a trailer and there is the ability to pull over and park almost anywhere.

Just how it is. It's a fun ride if sorted, just watch out pulling in to those gas pump islands.
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doug1950 wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:54 pm
Just got a GW. trike and wondering what kind of MPG every one out there are getting :D
Welcome to the forum doug1950

The year your bike is will make a difference......
Posting a question without saying what you have leaves so much unsaid.
When you ask a question please include the year and model you have.

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maverickboardman
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with wife and myself avg speed 60 on open road 2005 -1800 19 / 22 PG.. but again its all about the Journey



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