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post #1 of 75 Old 04-19-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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I thought the general consensus on ADV was that these were getting 55 mpg. You guys that are getting lower mpg, have you modded your bikes? (maybe this shouldn't be in this thread?)

Here's a question more similar to the original post.
I notice the heat shield on my header is touching the header. Have any of you tried to space it out so it doesn't touch. I've noticed the shield gets quite hot.

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KLX needle and richened it up. Opened up the airbox a little. I don't do math, but I would guess I get around mid to upper 40's. Lot of stop and go...and I like the throttle. Always have the trunk on. And I weigh around 230.




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Savage -

Gas mileage varies quite a bit. It depends on rider weight and what's being carried, how the bike is ridden, and how it is configured.

My cargo and I usually weigh in at about 275 pounds. I'm a fairly large person and generally sit upright. I also have luggage that sticks out. Aerodynamically, my bike and I represent a small barn door going down the road.

This weekend I booked up I5 running at 80 mph and got 41.5 mpg. While up north, riding slow on goaty roads I got 46 mpg. On the way back to LA I held it to 65 mph and got 48 mpg.

My bike has a 685, ported head with larger valves, KLX needle (142 main, second clip) and an exhaust that flows considerably freer than stock.

All this was running 32f/36r psi on Kenda K761s.

I have never recorded 50 mpg with my bike.

As they say, your mileage may vary...

Perhaps others can report back with a comprehensive description of their bike's configuration and the mileage they get.

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True. And I think alot of guys get 1 awesome reading, ie cruising along less than 55 mph for 100 miles or so, check their mpg and say that's their mpg. Makes them feel all warm and fuzzy, and makes the rest of us pissed off because we can never achieve it. LOL

I'll check my mpg one of these days when I finally have to fill up!
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Just put the 4th tank of gas in my '11 but so far I haven't come close to 50. My Gen 1 Barbie Bike was consistent at 54 around town and commuting. On the farm roads and easy on the throttle I'm fairly certain it actually made fuel. I never had to stop and vent some out but I think I came pretty close a couple of times...man that was a great bike.

I'm thinking on the Gen 2 bikes the super duper side fairings are adding drag... but then again the front fairing should be making it slip through the wind like a child Ninja on a diet. Either the fairing, the cam profile has changed or tweaking the pilot screw cost me 10MPG.

I'm not going to lean the pilot screw back out... riding the factory setting was like punching myself in the face while I watched the wife flush 20's down the toilet.

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I've done no engine mods to my 09 and came up with 52.6 mpg on the last tank (Mostly 35 - 55 mph riding). I have the HT Tetons and a Cee Bailey's touring shield that may create a bit more drag over stock. I couldn't be happier though. So much better than my Jeep Cherokee which is about as aerodynamic as a garden shed.

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So much better than my Jeep Cherokee which is about as aerodynamic as a garden shed.
African or European?

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African or European?
Neither. Comparing the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow to a gooney bird sporting a hydraulic winch and roof rack just doesn't work.

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Neither. Comparing the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow to a gooney bird sporting a hydraulic winch and roof rack just doesn't work.
Who is this man so trained in the ways of science?

Okay, I'll stop now. Sometimes you just have to let it out you know?

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Science my arse! Another wasted youth watching Monty Python! We now return your thread to it's original topic.

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