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Old 11-12-2012, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was hoping to get a little poll going and some advice on improving gas mileage. My first 150 miles got me 37.5 mpg on an XL1200R. I figured it'd be a little higher than that.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I get around 40 mpg on my XL mainly freeway driving.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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it all depends on how you ride. If you hit the throttle hard every stop light and stop sign, you will definitely decrease your fuel mileage just the same as in a car. I did a 800 mile trip couple months ago over 3 days, my average was 45 on an 02 1200 Custom and I weigh 250 pounds plus another 15 for bags. I was also riding at about 80 mph while on highways.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have been averaging between 45 to 50 mpg on my 2000 XL 1200. That's a combination of city and highway driving.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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On the highway around 80 mph I get about 40-45 mpg. I could probably get better if I was lighter on the throttle.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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In town I get about 35 mpg, and on the highway I get around 46 mpg. The best I've done is 50 mpg on a 500 mile trip this summer.

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Old 11-12-2012, 07:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe I should stay with my 833.

I never get less than 60mpg and at on a run I get 70mpg

Those extra ccs seem to make the sporty awful thirsty.


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Old 11-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My 02 carb. WIDE GLIDE gets a consistent 50-52 MPG & can hit 200 miles before going on reserve which gives me another 1.2 gallons to look for a station . Bone stock except for jetted carb. - SE air cleaner with BIG K&N - stock headpipes with CYCLE SHACK two & a half slash-cut slip-ons , 93 octane EXXON & a splash of MMO !
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bradahj View Post
Was hoping to get a little poll going and some advice on improving gas mileage. My first 150 miles got me 37.5 mpg on an XL1200R. I figured it'd be a little higher than that.
If your bike is new it will get better milage once you get some miles on it.

First tank of gas I got with my 13 SG 40 a hair over 40 all riding around towns / back roads.
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