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Old 1st October 2020
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My 08 gets 42ish around town and 45-48 on the road.
Mainly depends on what time of the year it is. Since I switched to non ethanol fuel, the mileage has gone down a bit.
I use Union 76 during the summer (Apr-Sept) then get stuck with 10% ethanol during the winter, so we use the non ethanol stuff.
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It would be nice if everyone contributing would state the engine and if any changes had been made; jetting, gearing, air cleaner, etc, as well as interstate vs street.
Mine is an '05, 883 with air cleaner upgrade, 48 slow/170 main, mixture screw at ~2-1/2, ignition change (aggressive advance curve), 31/66 pulleys with a rear 160 tire.
This combo gets me consistent 60 mpg on the interstate at 70 mph, and 50ish around town. Solo, windshield, no bags, always good weather,80ish degrees, primarily flat ground. Slow jey and screw adjustment eliminated my "carb farts".
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Hi there!
Mine is XL1200T 2019 year, bone stock, European specs.
Riding mostly on highways. Consumes about 5 liters per 100 km, apparently it is 47 mpg.
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No idea how many Miles per US Galons ... to lazy right now to make the conversion
But I've been doing 120/140 Km from full to empty light (7 to 8 L)...
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2013 XL882L with longer rear air shocks, large windscreen, DNA air filter, standard mufflers and an FP3.
For local trips I get around 45 to 50 mpg (UK gallons). Recently on a long run I managed to get 57 mpg, just over 200 miles with a 17 l tank.
One thing I notice is that when the tank is getting low (even before the low fuel light has come on) the bike does not run smoothly on a part throttle which can be a bit disconcerting when it happens to stutter and pick up going into or through a corner. Does anyone else have this issue?
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My '05 has a carburetor so no fuel pump for me; however, what you're describing sounds like your fuel pump sucks some air when the fuel level gets that low. If so, probably nothing you could do about it other than fill up like you're doing now.
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I have a 2016 with no problems at all. I suspect something is cracked or broken or worn out with the fuel pump and / or filter. If it were me I would disassemble and inspect all very closely, use magnification too. Failing that I would just replace it all or at least the filter. A modern day fuel pump should never be ran dry of fuel since the fuel lubricates the pump and damage is likely to occur if there is not fuel in the pump. I hope that helps, also you should try checking over in the fuel forum here on this site. Lots of information to be found here.

Also the sportsterpedia likely has useful info too.
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My last 4 150mi+ "jaunts" gave me 54mpg. It used to be higher when the quality of gas was better.
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