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post #1 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lousy Mileage

I just bought a 2012 Adventure with 4200 miles. I ride pretty fast but not that fast, all on road with lots on highway.

My mileage started at (I think) 48 when I bought bike. I am now at 41 MPG.

My previous bike with a 2007. My mileage was never this low.

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post #2 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 08:18 PM
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How fast? Speed kills mileage. I get a little over 60mpg at 60mph in the summer. 75mph drops the mileage into the 40s. Cold air is denser and drops fuel economy more. Winter fuel is more volatile and drops even more.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Winter blend gas?

My CB1100 was getting 47-52 mpg and has slipped to the low 40s. My Honda Accord was getting 27-28 and now down to 24-25. Looks like 10-15% across the board.

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I just rode hundreds of miles with temps in the 40's at 75-80 mph into a wind through Texas and my gas mileage was around 30-35 mpg. Once the temp warmed up to 60's and I hit the mountains it was up around 50+ mpg. Now riding around at 50-65 mph its 55-60 mpg. Mileage varies with the environment and circumstances a lot on this bike.
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How fast? Speed kills mileage. I get a little over 60mpg at 60mph in the summer. 75mph drops the mileage into the 40s. Cold air is denser and drops fuel economy more. Winter fuel is more volatile and drops even more.
I knew speed kills mileage. I did not know temperature and octane were major factors but what you said matches my experience driving to Albuquerque. And here I thought I knew it all.
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Winter blend fuel is not about octane but octane but volatility.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I just bought a 2014 Adventure and I'm averaging 44 mpg during the break in period while keeping the RPM's relatively low.
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Don't pay a lot of attention to the dash mpg readout. Mine is pretty much useless when compared to actual mpg manually calculated by taking miles ridden and dividing by gallons used.

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