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post #1 of 17 Old 12-04-2014, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Mileage, For Most of the Year

Ok, so first thread 'disappeared' into thin air. I'll try again.
I cleaned-out the gas receipts from my 'overly thick' wallet, last week.
I may be missing a few fill-ups. But I had 24 receipts, with numbers recorded, plus wife and I's Utah trip.

I dug back into my oil pressure thread to add mileage and mpg figures from our spring Utah trip to my totals.


......1011... miles Utah trip,about 17.275 gallons, 58.5250 MPG. From thread. With Soft Saddlebags.
......4434.4 miles to 11/29/14,,,,, 78.390 gallons, 56.5684 MPG. From receipts.
......5445.4 miles------------------ 95.665 gallons, 56.9215 MPG. Average, for most of the year.
How much was spent, you may ask? I don't know, I don't care, I had fun!!

Worst fuel mileage, was 1st tank on Utah trip. I remember about 42mpg. Wife has those receipts!
Probably was a mix of Last Autumns 'OLD Gas' and some Fresh Fuel.

Worst fuel mileage, from my receipts.-----------236.3 miles---4.782 gal---49.415mpg. 11/29/2014
Which was the just the Last Fill-up. October-November gas.

Best fuel mileage, in & out of Yellowstone N.P.-222.4 miles---3.006 gal--- 73.985mpg. 7/04/2014

Ouray, CO. trip in August------------------------722.0 miles---12.181 gal-- 59.273mpg. 8/17-20/2014
Included rugged mountain passes and mixed roads in-between. Included several 'spirited trips' up or down Red Mountain Pass, between Ouray and Silverton.
I will say, maybe SW Colorado might have better fuel quality than Wyoming. On Average??
Trailered down and back.

Longest Tank Full---------------------------------289.1 miles---5.601 gal----51.615mpg. In July or August

I must say the only trip with saddlebags, was with the wife. Utah, Idaho and back.

Also, I'm riding the 'light' Gen1 model. 1987 KL650-A1, 74,623 miles and counting.
And I probably weigh about 165-175lbs in full gear, with a 6-8lb butt bag! But I do have an 'over-stuffed, aero-dynamic' Moose number plate bag on my windshield! Carrying my 2 spare inner tubes.

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Okay, everybody watch this thread! If it disappears again I'm calling the cops!

That is excellent mileage, I think I average around 50 on my gen 2. I only figured it out a few times though. My Wing is around 35 ridden hard, but I think my carbs are a little out on that one.

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I don't know how you do it, Paul, except to say that if you stand sideways and stick out your tongue, you look like a zipper. That must have something to do with it. And your bike is nice and light, too.

I use Fuelly to record my fuel mileage because it's handy, my handwriting is illegible, and my record-keeping is horrible.

Here's from my dear departed '08, may she forever rest in peace:
http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/kaw...mschmitz/74605

And this is from Black Betty:
http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/kaw...schmitz/183201

As you can see, I get in the low forties. I stand 4.2 cubits tall and weigh in at about 18 stone. The bike always has some sort of bags on it, carrying camping gear, tools and spares. I don't ride the bike much around town; if it leaves the driveway it's usually gone for at least a few days. A lot of the time it's running at 70-75mph.

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Ok, so first thread 'disappeared' into thin air. I'll try again.
I may have found it. Is this it?:
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=13300
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I may have found it. Is this it?:
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=13300
Nope, that's a different thread. pdwestman had started one a couple of days ago with the above info, I replied, and then it vanished into thin air. I suspect aliens...

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Nope, that's a different thread. pdwestman had started one a couple of days ago with the above info, I replied, and then it vanished into thin air. I suspect aliens...
Interesting. That is the second abduction I am aware of this week. A few days ago somebody posted a question (in Wrenching) about a thermostat part number. I replied and now, that too, has vanished.

Oops. Sorry, I don't mean to highjack this thread. Carry on.
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Interesting. That is the second abduction I am aware of this week. A few days ago somebody posted a question (in Wrenching) about a thermostat part number. I replied and now, that too, has vanished.

Oops. Sorry, I don't mean to highjack this thread. Carry on.
I guess we'll have to blame these anomalies on 'Gremlins' or aliens or a Black Hole or something. Maybe, 'Homeland Security'.

Anyways,
When I rode my Stone Stock, 3000mile old, '87 to Monterey, CA. for the Laguna Seca GP back in April 1988, at speeds of 75-90 MPH from Wendover, UT and back, it got about 42 MPG. With a 18"x18"X36" Track Pack bag on the back. And used some Oil!
Maybe, 750cc in 1600 miles of Golden Spectro 20W50. I switched back to the Kawasaki 20W50 oil after that ride. But, I don't think it was caused by the oil, now.

I'd gotten as low as 35-36mpg, twice in extreme head winds, prior to 2010. (Before Thermo-Bob and oil flow modifications)

I used to get 46-52 mpg average, for most of this bikes life. 0-63,944 miles, that is the mileage my oil flow modifications started. Fall and Winter of 2012/2013.
During the course of testing I had to replace a cracked header pipe, with 2009 header and heat shield. Which required Richer pilot jet and richer needle. (the 22 cent mod.)
I had had 2, 1"holes in the top of the air box for 10+ years and a 142 main jet for 20+ years. I live at 5347 ft. The bike seems to run 'great' from 4000-13,800 feet, currently.

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I don't know how you do it, Paul, except to say that if you stand sideways and stick out your tongue, you look like a zipper. That must have something to do with it.

As you can see, I get in the low forties. I stand 4.2 cubits tall and weigh in at about 18 stone.
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I really wouldn't of guessed you to be 'crowding' 250lbs. But yeah, your a little taller than I am. 6'1&1/2" vs 5'11". But my 36" legs really help in the rough stuff!

Guess that does make me 'Low Profile' on the bike! With-out tucking down!
Never thought about that.

Just had a friend measure my 'width' and 'breadth'. 18"x9"! Of course, that's with-out my riding jacket!

He said,"Stick out your tongue!, Yeap, that'll do it."!

ps, But why does my neck still get 'sore' in the wind?

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My single-cylinder KLR routinely gets 55 MPG; my 4-cylinder Concours gets 45 MPG, but takes premium instead of regular. My wife's 4-cylinder Focus gets 32 MPG (but the dash read out says 38 MPG...stupid dash read out!)

Gas hereabouts was $2.39/gallon today for regular, and expected to fall below $2.00 by New Year's.

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Not one to gripe, but (here-goes) .
Ticks me off that gas prices go down just as my riding season goes into winter.

My average is 54.3 mpg (Reg. Gas) Sept. thru. end of Nov.
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