Average Gas Mileage?


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dougindixie
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Average Gas Mileage?

Post by dougindixie » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:09 pm



I have a 1984 GL1200 Standard, I average around 200 miles per tank. Is that about what everyone is getting? I thought I was doing ok and a guy told me that he could get 300 out of his to which I asked what he gets if he gets out on the road above 35?



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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by txfireag » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:17 am

I'm at 130 miles with 1-2 bars showing on my fuel gauge. I won't make 200.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by EasyBadger » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:24 pm

I can get up to 250 miles on my 85 LTD.
The bike shows an average of 46 mpg at the moment.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by txfireag » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:03 pm

Filled up today on my 86. 35 mpg. Most of that is hauling at 75+

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by LeMaitre » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:38 pm

Did a run on two lane roads, posted speed limits 50-55 mph, 200 miles, 4.5 gallons, 44.4 mpg. Red Fuel light turned on during the last three miles to the gas station. 1985 GL1200A.


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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:04 pm

My '85 almost routinely returned 45 MPG or better, 50 MPG several times, and I have seen 51 on occasion. I usually rode on US highways or state roadways, 55-60 MPH.

I only rode before filling up one time that I saw the warning light come on as a test, I had another gallon in a saddlebag then. I put just over 4 gallons in. As I recall, seems I figured it had over 1.5 gallons left based on capacity. Does the 1200 not have a 5.8 US gallon tank? If so, 300 miles is within possibilities if one can squeeze 51.8 MPG the whole way.
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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by DaRamblerman » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:51 am

I keep a spreadsheet gas log. 5688 miles 43.3 avg 87 GL1200 A

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:35 pm

DaRamblerman wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:51 am
I keep a spreadsheet gas log. 5688 miles 43.3 avg 87 GL1200 A
I have done that on my 1500s, but when I discovered "Fuelio" for my smartphone, I quit that.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... o&hl=en_US

That app is super neat, I have all of my vehicles listed in it.

Spreadsheets have a tremendous advantage over a simple logging app though,
you can have a wide choice on how you Describe the trip for that tank of fuel.
Fuelio gives you about 256 characters and you are done.
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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by DaRamblerman » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm

My spreadsheet also allows me to put in expense for parts and repairs and calculates that into my per mileage expense.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:09 pm

DaRamblerman wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm
My spreadsheet also allows me to put in expense for parts and repairs and calculates that into my per mileage expense.
Fuelio also incorporates those features, I just don't use it.
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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by EasyBadger » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:26 pm

I'm using Fuelly.com for the bikes and my car.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by LeMaitre » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:19 pm

Freeway speeds 70-74mph got 38-42 mpg using regular 10% ethanol.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by jcn59 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:18 pm

86 Aspencade, 105,000 mi. Bike is new to me & doesn't appear to be "expertly maintained". Last tank, many short trips 37.5 mpg. Longer ride today 43.5 mpg. If I push the choke all the way up (off choke) the motor won't stay running. So maybe sometimes I accidently have it on partial choke. My 1200 Sportster gets an honest 50 mpg on a state highway but the frame mount vibration is exhausting.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:33 am

LeMaitre wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:19 pm
Freeway speeds 70-74mph got 38-42 mpg using regular 10% ethanol.

-Mark

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I remember those days, when I had an '84 and then an '86SEi
I could drive to work and back for two weeks w/o having to top off the gas tank.

IIRC, the '86SEi would average around 45 mpg?? been a long time, that was back in 1992-1994.
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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by Ghostt » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:27 pm

I get in the low 40s mpg with mine, running 2 up, at freeway speeds, and over.

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Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Post by julimike54 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:55 am

High 30s' to mid 40s', depending on a multitude of things :lol:


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