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Old 02-09-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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Could the wing riders with a 1200 GL give me an indication of what MPG they get as a guide for me. If you are two up and what speeds to acheive those gas figures. And if there was a time that you can remember where you were two up and heading into a strong wind. The only figure I have is that I got 42 MPG one up at 70MPH with a head wind. Is there anyone with the patience to do 60MPH for long enough to get a good gas figure. Eric
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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I typically average around 40mpg. I ride solo 90% of the time and most of riding on the 1200 is non-highway.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:49 AM   #3
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on my 1200 solo i average 46 - 48 mpg eric. i try keeping the rpm between 2200 and 3000 rpm as much as i can
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:16 AM   #4
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My 1200 was amazing on fuel. Just myself I often saw high fifties Cdn (almost exactly what detdrbuzzard mentioned converted to US) and mid 50's with the mrs on back. Loaded and pulling the trailer I was consistently in the upper 40's (about an even 40mpg USG). I typically ran at about 70 mph fully rigged, and 75-80 empty.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:08 PM   #5
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Thanks DJ: There seam to be a big differance between riders and their bikes with what you can expect with MPG. You and I seam to be in the low 40's. Detdrbuzzard: From your experience and by keeping your revs. down I may be able to get figures in the high 40's which is not far off the Sabre. Budoka: You get very good MPG even when working it loaded. I have found over here if I am open road and on the flat at a constant high speed, I am not going to get good MPG. I find that if I am riding hard through the hills that I get good gas MPG. I have not worked out a reason for that because most times that is two up. Thanks for your response. At lest I don't have to worry about making my next gas stop now. Eric
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on my ride to cleveland, oh and back home on the 1500 i averaged 50.3 mpg, the otoal milage there and back was 368 miles
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Worked Eric, worked, that was 17+ years ago. The 1200 has a 22l (4.85 Imp gallons) tank, giving it an effective range of 180+ miles or 290+ kms. I always started watching for fuel stops around 1/4 left on the guage, especially when pulling the trailer. Most I ever put in the tank was 20litres and I was getting a mite concerned. That was coming into Wallace Montana after being way out in the boonies on a backroad with no hope of finding a fuel station anywhere. Momma was totally unaware of the fuel situation so I got away with that one scott free. Just over 350 km on that tank of fuel, but we were on a real twisty (slow) road up in the Bitteroot Mountains 'just exploring'... whew. One of my buds had his '84 Aspy run dry on him on the way to the GWRRA rally, and he got it another 2 or 3 miles by worming the bike side to side to slosh the remnants of fuel inside into the fuel pickup. Still needed one of us to go for a jerry-can but at least he got a bit closer in the process. Not something you want to try by yourself BTW. @ don't ask me why I can remember this stuff and I can't seem to remember what I did yesterday or need to do tomorrow
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:09 PM   #8
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on my 1200 solo i average 46 - 48 mpg eric. i try keeping the rpm between 2200 and 3000 rpm as much as i can

I can pretty much say ditto to Dr. Buzz. At an average speed of 70. For 2 up it is about 40mpg.
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Eric, I try to keep my RPM's above 3000 as I've read that lower RPM's contribute to coating of the cylinder walls due to incomplete combustion. Also, 'Goldie' seems to run better when I keep the RPM's in that range. I try to avoid the Interstate as much as possible, so a lot of my riding is on local/secondary roads as well as city streets (I use my GL1200 as my daily driver).

Interestingly enough, I get about the same mileage on my VTX 1300. I've only had my GL1500 for about a month, so I don't have any idea as to the type of gas mileage I will get on it.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:57 AM   #10
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if you have incomplete combustion it isn't due to your rpm's being low and your mpg should be horrable from the unburned gas
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