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Recently I purchased a '98 GL1500 and have been riding quire a bit lately. I am getting betweeen 38-40 mpg. I was hoping for the mid 40 range. What are some of you other riders getting?

2nd question, At what speeds are you getting your best mileage?

note: U.S. gallons
 

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normal mpg for me is 44 with a high of 51 and low of 38
 

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38 to 40 is about normal, once you run over 70 MPH your MPG's will drop way off, run about 60 MPH and you will see them increase.
 

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38 to 40 is about normal, once you run over 70 MPH your MPG's will drop way off, run about 60 MPH and you will see them increase.

I just did my milage I did 117 miles and used 4.65 gallons thats 25.16:eek: that sounds poor....mostly city driving short trips.....and i just tuned her up ??????? any ideas or susjestions
 

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Your about where I was with my 98 GL1500 SE when I had it. Speeds over 70mph usually resulted in mpg around 25-28. My 09 GL1800 seems to be getting better mileage, probably from EFI..
 

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But my riding was mostly city driving short trips under 40 mph just cruising
 

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You didn't mention your avg.cruise speed,but my '94SE will get me 34mpg at 80-85mph. If at 70 or below i'm sure it would be over 40.
 

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City MPG is always the worst for any vehicle. Remember the new car store with highway/city MPG sticker on the window. Most things get the best rated mpg at 55-60 constant mph on flat ground, cooler (not cold) outside temps, and no wind. Everytime one of these varibles is broken, not that I would do that of course, MPG suffers.
But wasn't that the real reason for buying a bike anyway?
 

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Around town the bike has to constanly pull itself from a dead stop to speed. Out on the open road it doesnt require near as much fuel. On all my GL's from 1000cc to 1500cc I always get the best mpg at 55-60. Once you cross that 70mph mark they become gas sucking pigs. Loaded up (heavy) and runing down the Interstate at 80mph (to keep from getting run over) I average +-25mpg depending on the wind. I rode my 1500 aspencade back from VA and got 41mpg (one up but still 360lbs) keeping it at 55-60 and 25-45 through towns. Thats not too bad in my book as the best I could ever squeeze out of any of my three Valkyries was 37mpg. The 1800's Ive ridden knocked off almost 50 mpg with a 500+ load out on the 55mph back roads.
 

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My old CB-750 1975 on the hiway is about 29MPG.
And my GW 1100 1982 A is about the same. but it sure beets my Motorhome at 4MPG, so now that the kids are gone, you know what we travel with. Motorhome is a 32ft with 400 chrysler. this spring it is headed for the bone yard.
WA9FWT Phil
 
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