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What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:22 pm
by totalmotorcycle
What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Please list as:

YEAR MANUFACTURER MODEL MPG


Thanks!

(All motorcycle MPG information will go into our Total Motorcycle Fuel Economy Guide... it was the very first motorcycle MPG guide on the internet BTW) http://totalmotorcycle.com/MotorcycleFu ... yGuide.htm

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Mike

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:03 pm
by agraebner
1988 Honda CBR1000F 54 mpg
1991 Honda Nighthawk 750 55 mpg
1994 Yamaha FZR600R 46 mpg
I let ya know about the magna as soon as I have run a few tanks through her. I haven't tagged it yet I am hoping for next week........
The best I ever got was with my now gone VLX with k&n filter + stage 1 and gearing change I got 74mpg highway riding 65mph going out I 70 (before the whole corn fuel we have now)

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:45 pm
by gsJack
02 Suzuki GS500 60-65 mpg summer and 55-60 mpg winter. Voted 61-70 mpg.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:18 pm
by dirt dobber
52 hiway, H-D sportster 1200c. salesmam said 60, at about 2000 miles i queston him, quote, better after it got a few miles on it. it has been my experience with auto's what you get at the beginning is it...

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:35 pm
by jstark47
dirt dobber wrote:52 hiway, H-D sportster 1200c. salesmam said 60, at about 2000 miles i queston him, quote, better after it got a few miles on it. it has been my experience with auto's what you get at the beginning is it...
No, bikes get better after the engine beds in and loosens up a tad. We used to have a 2004 Suzuki Marauder (800cc v-twin), it got noticeably "freer" between 3000 and 4000 miles. That had to have helped gas mileage too.

I've always been amazed at the mileage Sportys get for a bike of that displacement.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:48 pm
by pchast
1980 Suzuki GS550L 50-54 MPG summer after full cleanup and new plugs.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:59 pm
by Grey Thumper
2004 BMW F650CS - 65mpg
2004 BMW R1150R - 40mpg, disappointingly.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:41 am
by HYPERR
1996 Ducati 900SS(944cc): 49 mpg
2002 BMW R1150R: 51 mpg
2004 Honda CBR600RR: 48 mpg
2006 Kawasaki KLX250S: 65 mpg
2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100: 48 mpg

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:24 am
by HYPERR
jstark47 wrote:I've always been amazed at the mileage Sportys get for a bike of that displacement.
Most low tuned twins do get very good gas mileage when ridden at a moderate pace. My R1150R will get in the mid to high 50s on a moderate pace highway run to a low of 40 if ridden hard. I usually end up getting in the mid 40s however. Two other factors contributing to the common great mileage of a Sportster is that the typical rider of a Sportster tend to ride at a moderate putt putt pace; and the inherent characteristic of the engine encourages the rider to stay in that moderate zone. As you know since you own one, the sportster engine "encourages" the rider to keep the engine in it's "happy and comfort" zone where the engine and the rider "feels" much happier.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:24 am
by totalmotorcycle
I have to thank my next door neighbour Dave for helping me input the bikes of data by hand into the new Total Motorcycle Fuel Efficiency Guide. At the end of it all with the data I have already there will be an additional 1000 bikes (at least) so I'm happy for the help.

So this new 3.0 Guide will easily be the biggest motorcycle MPG resource ever.

Mike

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:35 pm
by havegunjoe
2004-650 VStar = 56.2 mpg
2005-Hyosung GV250 = 65 mpg
2009-950 VStar = 52 mpg

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:59 am
by Marvin
my FZ6 gets between 54 to 58 mpg and my scooter gets between 42 to 44 mpg
come on! say it!
lets hear your rude comments such as "why did you buy a scooter for?" or "my harley gets better gas mileage than your scooter"

yea! but you can't haul 3 bags of lawn fertilizer, or a case of soda and 7 bags from a grocery store home with your harley! you can't hold and drink a cup of coffee while riding your har har harley, you can't ride thru a rain storm and keep ur whole body dry riding a HD, I will smoke you on any hair pin curve with my scooter plus I will out accelerate you from a dead stop on my scooter, when you fools clutch and shift gears you slow down your acceleration at the same time I am still accelerating on my scooter, oh oh the shame and embarressment of being smoked by a scooter.
the more you guys cut down and make fun of my scooter the more and more I LOVE it!

come on! bring it on! lets hear some cut downs!

you know I have to admit at first I did regret buying a scooter, after owing it for about a month I was going to sell it, but something unexpected happened, everybody made fun of it, everybody made fun of me and insulted me for buying and riding one and when considering the source, the losers that couldn't ride or handle their big cruiser bike made me fall in love with my scooter more and more, it made me discover I am not the same loser as they are and I didn't want to be like them.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:38 am
by totalmotorcycle
UPDATE: I am finished inputting over 5,000 bikes* of data PLUS the ones above. For some interesting facts...

Generally, BMW's and Royal Enfields did very well.

The Guide will start at 1949! (Yes, I have 40's, 50's and 60's bike data!). Due to soooo many bikes now (5000), it will be in year format rather than manufacturer format or the pages would be way tooooo long.

The guide will have every bike in US MPG and L/100km.

The worst bike was a URAL Retro at 24.5 MPG. The Best (non-scooter) was a Hyosung GV250 Aquila (manufacturer reported) of 113 MPG. All units US MPG.

Target date for the Guides release: NEXT WEEK (25th) maybe I will be able to get it out sooner...

Please keep the Motorcycle MPG data coming, I will keep adding it to the guide!

Mike

* OMG, that is a lot of work to put into Excel.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:44 am
by Markg1
Man Some of you guys are getting some awesome mpg's. My Harley Vrod typically gets around 40- 42 ish. I just cruise that one. Okay now for my Vmax, well let's just say it will pass everything but a gas station!

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:20 am
by totalmotorcycle
Markg1 wrote:Man Some of you guys are getting some awesome mpg's. My Harley Vrod typically gets around 40- 42 ish. I just cruise that one. Okay now for my Vmax, well let's just say it will pass everything but a gas station!
Mark, you are actually higher than what the average I'm finding for the V-Rod is, the TMW guide has 38 MPG average for it.

Mike

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:23 am
by totalmotorcycle
UPDATE: I've now added more publication data for models from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's.

The guide will now start at 1934 and now features 5,117 bikes as of this morning. How is that for the biggest motorcycle MPG Guide ever? :D

Catagories to be are:

YEARS (1934 - 2012)
Top Bikes under 500cc
Top Bikes over 500cc
Top Scooters

Mike

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:20 pm
by Markg1
totalmotorcycle wrote:
Markg1 wrote:Man Some of you guys are getting some awesome mpg's. My Harley Vrod typically gets around 40- 42 ish. I just cruise that one. Okay now for my Vmax, well let's just say it will pass everything but a gas station!
Mark, you are actually higher than what the average I'm finding for the V-Rod is, the TMW guide has 38 MPG average for it.

Mike
38 sounds about right with average driving. I cruise down these back country roads about 45 mph...so I thinks that's why I get about 42 mpg. I think if I were to get some pipes and intake I could do better. Maybe?

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:56 pm
by profdan
1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD 62 mpg

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:28 pm
by madjak30
2006 Yamaha MT-01...1670cc Vtwin...4.5L/100kms - 62.7mpg(imp) - 52.2mpg(US)

Also got the same mileage three tanks in a row on my old bike...2003 Suzuki GS500

Later.

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:15 pm
by Gummiente
madjak30 wrote:2006 Yamaha MT-01...1670cc Vtwin...4.5L/100kms - 62.7mpg(imp) - 52.2mpg(US)
Unless you ride at speeds of less than 40kmh, I find your figures to be very suspect. Especially with a v-twin of that displacement.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/driver/madjak30/mt-01
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/biker ... 5-current/
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/ ... 1%2005.htm