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20-40 mpg 276 17.56%
40-50 mpg 949 60.37%
50-60 mpg 319 20.29%
60+ mpg 28 1.78%
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I have never ever owned a motorcycle for the potential gas money to be saved. Once you factor in initial cost of the bike, maintenance, gas cost and insurance, the only way you could save money over having a car and a cycle, is not having a car. I ride for pleasure only.....usually just 30 to 50 minutes a day (this is due to my advanced age and being retired and needing no place to go except to ride). There are so many variables in determining MPG it is almost impossible to arrive at a consistently accurate number. But it appears people are consumed with interest in knowing their MPG....when my low fuel light goes on I fill it up with chevron (it has PEA) and off I go not concerned with oil temperature, head winds, tail winds, saddle bags, my weight, tire air pressure, windshield, spark plugs or whatever else might affect MPG. But it does make interesting reading for me.

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I have never ever owned a motorcycle for the potential gas money to be saved. Once you factor in initial cost of the bike, maintenance, gas cost and insurance, the only way you could save money over having a car and a cycle, is not having a car. I ride for pleasure only.....usually just 30 to 50 minutes a day (this is due to my advanced age and being retired and needing no place to go except to ride). There are so many variables in determining MPG it is almost impossible to arrive at a consistently accurate number. But it appears people are consumed with interested in knowing their MPG....when my low fuel light goes on I fill it up with chevron (it has PEA) and off I go not concerned with oil temperature, head winds, tail winds, saddle bags, my weight, tire air pressure, windshield, spark plugs or whatever else might affect MPG. But it does make interesting reading for me.
+1 on this. I'm way too throttle happy to give a shit about mpg. Constantly under hard accel followed by decel makes for poor mpg. I'm lucky to do 40mpg most of the time.
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You guys in Europe are paying $5.75 to $6 a gallon so I can understand why it's important to you. Here in North Carolina we're paying about half that so it's less important to us.

I think mpg is much more important for riders who live west of the Mississippi. Out in the western US, interstate and secondary speed limits are higher and it's a lot further between towns. The only other concern I have with mpg is making sure there is somewhere close that has premium gas. I put some "Hanks Gas&Groceries" 87 octane (on a good day) when I my fuel light came on and it took a few tanks of GOOD fuel before it ran right again. Another 3mpg would have seen me to the next town.

I regularly ride with a guy who has a 2012 Yamaha Super Te're'ne'. The Tenere''' is a 1200cc twin that's rated 85hp/86ft/lbs of torque at the rear wheel and weighs 570lbs wet. After riding for a year he always gets 2mpg more than I do and he averages around 46mpg and I get 44mpg, both bikes using premium gas. His gearing is set for a theoretical 135mph top speed at 7,000 rpm real world is 120mph top speed which mean gearing could account for the better mpg.

Based on my experience with these two and some others, I'd say that any 570lb 1200cc twin cylinder bike will be pretty close to 45mpg during your average back road ride. Looking forward to finding out what my new to me 2011 Sportster will get as it has a better tune than my 2008.

Strangely, I got better gas mileage on my 96ci 2007 Dyna which would get better than 50mpg on a back road ride so gearing might be a big factor.
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It is beneficial to keep track of fuel usage, large abrupt changes could forewarn of problems.

I commute close to 24,000 miles per year, if just commuting my MPG is pretty consistent. I definitely save a few $$$ taking the bikes over the car, even paying more per gallon for Premium vs Regular. Though I ride just to ride. I regularly get 48+ MPG on the 2009 Sportster 1200C, for a while now the 2019 FXLR 107 M8 has been at 50+ MPG. The gearing makes the difference, I definitely never get accused of riding slow.
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I have been getting consistent low 50 mpg's (US miles and Gallons), mixed riding, with my SE .551 cams in a stock top end. Looks like it should get 55 mpg during a full runnin' down the road tank. Just haven't done it to find out. That should change with 2020 road trips.

I'm looking for consistent 60's runnin' down the road with a higher compression 1275 kit and tightened up squish clearances.

Higher mpg's just mean more miles per tank. Definitely nice on road trips. My 80" Shovelhead (Lectron carb) got consistent 60's, my 1340 BT Evo (Flatslide Mikuni) got consistent 55's.
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I have been getting consistent low 50 mpg's (US miles and Gallons), mixed riding, with my SE .551 cams in a stock top end. Looks like it should get 55 mpg during a full runnin' down the road tank. Just haven't done it to find out. That should change with 2020 road trips.

I'm looking for consistent 60's runnin' down the road with a higher compression 1275 kit and tightened up squish clearances.

Higher mpg's just mean more miles per tank. Definitely nice on road trips. My 80" Shovelhead (Lectron carb) got consistent 60's, my 1340 BT Evo (Flatslide Mikuni) got consistent 55's.
I think we found the world's most fuel efficient stage II Sportster. Soon to be stage 3? 4?
I wonder what oil?
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Seems we've exceeded your pay grade again.

You might look at the poll results, it'll help keep things in context.
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You might look at the poll results, it'll help keep things in context.

Haha! Figured as much. So much for that ignore list, huh?

Oh yeah, one more thing. Just a suggestion, mind you. Rather than new springs and retainers in that 2017, maybe a 4th set of cams to go with the other 3? That way you wouldn't have to run any one set more than 2 days in a row? Just a thought.
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Haha! Figured as much. So much for that ignore list, huh?

Oh yeah, one more thing. Just a suggestion, mind you. Rather than new springs and retainers in that 2017, maybe a 4th set of cams to go with the other 3? That way you wouldn't have to run any one set more than 2 days in a row? Just a thought.
Unfortunately I see your nonsense when I'm not logged in as I run software settings that clear cookies.

If I find another set of interesting cams I'm worried will be dis-continued I might pick up another set to put on the shelf. That's why I have the set of .575's. Not likely but possible. I like how the SE .551's run.

This is another good example of you having nothing on topic to contribute. That's an unfortunately regular occurrence.
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