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My '06 Custom gets a constant 58-62mpg on highway travel (both 2 lane and interstate). Back and forth to work was 48-51mpg (5 miles interstate and 3 miles city). But runs like the last weekend of 85+ mph for 200 miles netted me about 42-46mpg. I've never gotten below 40 mpg. I've always done a mileage check on almost every tankfull, in every bike I've owned, since the late seventies. I had a couple of years where I was constantly running out of gas ('78 & '81) Learned the lesson well. I don't think I could trust a fuel light, I'd still have to calculate mileage.
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2007 1200C 31 mpg - trip radius of 140 miles with a 4.5 gallon tank. 31 mpg represents city and or highway mileage. Both same same / no difference since day one. Touring is out of the question unless you count the distance between gas stations.
Any interesting modifications that could affect efficiency?
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The 2007 +, 4.5 gal tanks actually only hold around 4.2 gal because of the elec. fuel pump in the tank. The quality of gas makes a big difference in mileage, too. I get better constant fuel mileage on gas bought farther east from where I live. A lot of guys try to "lug" the 1200, like it's a big twin and that eats up fuel, too. A few guys , I ride with that have Sportsters get close to the same mileage I get and 2 of them run open drag pipes. So, I think it's more of How you ride than What you ride. Using 87 octane in a 1200 lowers the fuel mileage, too. VOE
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Up to 56 mpg; gives me a range of about 210 miles. It's good to go on a 400+ mile ride and only need to fill up once.
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Just FYI for comparison........ that new Can Am Spyder F3-S that I bought got about 33 MPG this morning. Me and another guy rode down to Gainesville and back today. It was about 140 miles and we ran about 60 MPH most of the time. I got 7.5 gallon tank on it and can get about 250 miles out of a tank of fuel. I have run it until the low fuel light comes on several times now and it always has about 2 gallons still in the tank when the light comes on. Never have run it dry just to see how far it will go and don't intend to, but it should get just about what the fuel gauge says it will.

The 231 showing on the fuel gauge is miles to empty. It seems to be fairly accurate.



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Well, am curious as my ‘06 runs a CV getting great mileage, the ‘00 stroker kit and a S&S Super”E” good mileage and the ‘04 a Mikuni42 with disappointing mileage. How does others do with Mik’s?
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Mine's no so great either Paul. 40ish at best. But my style of riding isn't exactly conducive with good mileage either with my build and a lot of hard accelerating/decelerating on the back road twisties. Not really touring mileage. I'm not in it for the mileage but the fun factor.
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constant cruise 70-75 mph interstate: ~60 mpg: Flat ground, no head wind
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I never broke 58mpg over this last year as I have in the past. My around town/over all mileage has gone down to 41-43 mpg when it used to be 45-47 mpg. I really don't think it's wear and tear on the bike but rather the fuel quality has gone down in my area.
If I can get 93/94 octane fuel, I can break the 60 mpg mark easily on a road trip but the only time I ever see 93/94 octane is in the Black Hills during the Sturgis Rally.
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Pure hi-way: 55 mpg. Mixed riding: usually 50 mpg. US miles and gallons.

FWIW my 80" Shovel got a consistent 60. Usually running a Lectron carb.

My 1340 BT EVO got 55. 41mm Mikuni flat slide. It was pre VOES, I figured that was limiting. I was always going to switch to a VOES ignition module but never did.
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