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Old 19th September 2007
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My 3.3 gallon xl883 usually gets 120 mile to reserve which is 2.5 gallons, thats 48 mpg on a stage one, does not change much on long trips.
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I average about 50 mpg whether I'm doing my usual run around town and country roads at 55 mph or on trips on the interstate at 70 +. Bike's a completely stock 2005 883 Custom carrying a decent load - I'm about 230 lbs, as you can tell in my avatar. Best mileage I ever got was on a semi-deserted stretch of Oklahoma two-lane. It worked out to just over 65 mpg with me and three days' worth of clothing, ect.
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I thought I must have been miscalculating my mileage but it looks to be about 45 MPG for me. My rides lately have had some winds so probably would be even better without the wind. Way better gas mileage than Harley indicates. I thought I was only going to get about 120 miles per tank.
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I get about 48 to 52 mpg, I try to keep the speed at about 60 to 65. At 60 I'm taching about 3500 and at 70 I'm around 3900. I might try a 22 tooth sprocket, some people have said that'll drop the Rs to around 2800 at 60.
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I consistently get 55 to 60 on my 06 883XL. Mostly hiway as I ride to work every day. I use 87 octane regular gas as this is what the book calls for. 20,000 miles on the first set of plugs tells me something is right. The new fuel ingected Sportsters run premium gas. I figured up my savings the other day in the difference between regular and premium using .20 price difference. Using regular saves me enough money each year to pay the insurance for the year.
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my 06 883 L just doesn't like reg gas tried it and I am going back to mid grade of high test gas.reg gas=big time carb farts.
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3600 mile round trip to Phoenix. Averaged 55 mpg on the way out, going across I-40 and averaged 50 mpg on the return trip going south and up thru Texas. that included riding thru 400 miles of rain on the return trip. Stayed at a steady70 mph both ways, except while going thru the rain. Average 45mpg around home, but play with the throttle sometimes. I'm satisfied.
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I get about 43-44 mpg when commuting to work. I drive like a bat out of hell and the bike is stripped down.

When I load it down with as much crap as the wife can put on it, and carry the wife...

my mileage goes up. She doesn't like to go faster than 60mph and she doesn't like to get to 60 very fast either.

So loaded for touring with my wife on there I get about 60 mpg. Unreal.
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I'm getting 50 with the wife on back, 60 solo.
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Easy rock solid 60-61mpg, riding solo, one duffel, no taxes paid...and no need to go over 60mph on country highways.
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