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Offline TwinsFTW

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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2017, 08:28:45 pm »
Estimated readout on the dash runs about 4 MPG high on average. My actual average over 4k miles is right at 50 MPG (US).
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2017, 11:40:06 pm »
Looking at your meter, it's a gen 1. How it was registered as a 2015 I'm not clear.......


Dash and color, a 2013 maybe? I've seen England do some weird chit with their registrations... the bike could have been a left over that was 'first sold' in '15, not necessarily 'registered' as a '15. I barely understand our DMV... :(

My Gen I and I average 42-43 mpg by the math on Kalifornia's gas. On a full day below 60 mph I can see almost 50 mpg. Me and a friend on a second gen did the same loop, he got 37 and I got 44. Kinda shocked me.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2017, 05:10:48 am »
by your response, I'm guessing that 2013 is the last year of the Gen1 bikes ?
is it possible that the US had the Gen2 earlier then we did in the UK ?
I know over here a bike can sit in the showroom for months maybe even a year or more
and only when a customer buys it does the dealer get it registered hence the difference maybe?

seems a bit odd that this bike would have sat around for 2 years without being registered though!
or perhaps thats normal? I will have to ask my dealer.

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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2017, 05:28:17 am »
by your response, I'm guessing that 2013 is the last year of the Gen1 bikes ?
is it possible that the US had the Gen2 earlier then we did in the UK ?
I know over here a bike can sit in the showroom for months maybe even a year or more
and only when a customer buys it does the dealer get it registered hence the difference maybe?

seems a bit odd that this bike would have sat around for 2 years without being registered though!
or perhaps thats normal? I will have to ask my dealer.

If your bike has a black steel sidestand then it is a Gen 1, Gen 2 bikes have aluminium side stands. But if you search here for Gen 1 vs Gen 2 differences you'll find a whole list.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2017, 09:44:37 am »
Well, the 20% difference would explain it.  I forgot about the imperial gallon.  I thought everything over there was liters.  Oh, and the down side of higher mileage at altitude is that power drops drastically.  Of course it just the "no oxygen" thing. ::025::  Thank heavens for computer controlled fuel injection.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2017, 11:28:28 am »
My Gen I and I average 42-43 mpg by the math on Kalifornia's gas. On a full day below 60 mph I can see almost 50 mpg. Me and a friend on a second gen did the same loop, he got 37 and I got 44. Kinda shocked me.

I had a similar experience with my regular riding buddy, both of us on Honda ST1300s.  I always seemed to get 4-5 MPG better than him, mine being a 2005 and his a 2004.  We speculated on what might be the differences between the bikes. Then one day on a cross country ride we switched bikes for a tank. Guess what?  I still got 4-5 MPG better than him!
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2017, 05:03:35 pm »
It's your shifting habits.  My dad and I have always had manual transmissions.  We usually get better mpg than the window sticker predicts.  We, and obviously you also, just listen to the engine before shifting.  Of course, that being said, modern computer controlled automatic transmissions are getting better mileage than their manual counterparts.  ::001::
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2017, 12:52:03 am »
American gas with the Ethanol doesn't gives good mileage, some figures I've seen suggests a 10% drop.  Cold weather drops the mpg.  Hot weather somewhat makes it better in mpg.  Lugging all the luggage also drops the mpg.  Using Platinum with projected tip plugs improves mileage by 0.5 km/l plus it makes the bike more responsive.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2017, 10:04:35 am »
For me it is all driven by the speed and wind. 
~80 MPH drops to ~40MPG, 55-60 MPH 50+ MPG.  (Based on the computer)
I have also noticed some drop in mileage with the Mitas E-07 Dakars, compared to the OEM Battlewings.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2017, 10:28:57 am »
I have now done about 6000 km on my new S10, and the dashboard say 22 km/l (52 mpg) in total average for all 6000 km.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2017, 12:12:01 pm »
For me it is all driven by the speed and wind. 
~80 MPH drops to ~40MPG, 55-60 MPH 50+ MPG.  (Based on the computer)

Regarding the on-board MPG computer, I've found it mostly optimistic by 2-3 MPG, but on several occasions it has been pessimistic by a similar amount.  I use the mileage recorded by my GPS and the gallons used at fill up to calculate and check against the on-board computer.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 12:16:33 pm »
I have a 2014 ES and regularly get 54 mpg on super unleaded in genuine tank to tank tests not what the fuel computer tells me.

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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2017, 09:12:29 pm »
Last year on a 9,200 mile round trip to the artic ocean mine averaged 41 mpg which seemed pretty lousy.
This year on a 4,500 mile trip it averaged 46 mpg which is a nice improvement but still nothing to brag about.
The highest I’ve seen was 59 and the lowest was 28 mpg, that’s all actual mpg not the way optimistic numbers from the dash readout.
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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2017, 11:03:10 am »
On longer trips where I can get away with speeds in the 80s I plan for 38 mpg and it's usually around there, depending on hills and such. If I'm on the east coast and droning in the low 60s the mpg is usually closer to 50. Same bike and rider.


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Re: Average MPG
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2017, 11:33:35 am »
While the debate and questions regarding mpg can go on with little or no solution, we ride for pleasure after all (at least I do), and if I were to commute I would look at something scooterish if fuel economy was my concern/goal.  Back in the very late '90's I had the pleasure to own a Suzuki gsxf blown out to 1460, with massive carbs........ If I was lucky, it would get 20 mpg. Saying that, on full chat it would get 16-20mpg, so kinda gave up trying to save fuel. Aah, the good old days!
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