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post #1 of 47 Old 09-05-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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That MPG readout is Pure BS

What is it supposed to tell you anyway? What time frame? Only while it's being reset or what?

The guys that were reporting early on that they were getting 68mpg HAD to be pure bunk, but when I was getting 36mpg readings for tank after tank on a Nova Scotia run, it just didn't make sense after I started doing the math in my head. I'm actually getting around 45-50mpg as I always have when I keep it at 110kph (70mph) or under.

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Comparing fills and GPS tracked km's, I found the readout to be decently accurate within 0.3 L/100 km.

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I was getting 36mpg readings for tank after tank on a Nova Scotia run, it just didn't make sense after I started doing the math in my head.
It probably reverted to metric when you were in Nova Scotia.

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It probably reverted to metric when you were in Nova Scotia.
Good point - is it showing US or IMP MPG? Very different readouts.

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You get readouts on trip 1 and trip 2. It resets when you reset the trip meter. I find I get about 3mpg more from odo and pump calculations than from the readout.

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Same here, around 3MPG's better when using the ODO and Pump.

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I have never believed the mileage that most people here have said they get. I suspect most don't know how to figure out their mileage, are fluffing the truth a bit or are riding incredibly slowly most of the time although I can see getting it on occasion.

Over 202,400 km or 125,787 miles my 2006 averaged 5.14 liters per 100 km, which is 54.8 Imperial MPG or 45.65 US mpg. My best mileage over three tanks was 4.15 l/100 km which is 67.99 mpg imperial or 56.61 mpg US

Over 32,628 km or 20,274 miles my 2012 has averaged 4.57 l/100 km or 61.6 mpg imperial or 51.3 mpg US. My best mileage over three tanks was 3.77 l/100 km which is 74.85 mpg imperial or 62.33 mpg US

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I've gotten a little over 300 miles on a tank twice and each time put in 5 US gallons +/- 0.1 gallon. I know how to figure mileage. If I wasn't getting an actual 60+ miles per US gallon on those two occasions, I would have run out the 5.2 gallon tank.

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I've gotten a little over 300 miles on a tank twice and each time put in 5 US gallons +/- 0.1 gallon. I know how to figure mileage. If I wasn't getting an actual 60+ miles per US gallon on those two occasions, I would have run out the 5.2 gallon tank.
I'll admit I tend to ride harder than most. I also have no problem believing that you got that kind of mileage as my three-tank highest was more than 60mpg US and would have yielded tanks over 300 miles.

I do find that overall my fuel mileage reading is 94% of the actual mileage (pessimistic.. the actual mileage is better) and this is pretty consistant.

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I find my mileage based on "trip meter odo reading divided by difference in fuel between complete refills" is generally higher by at least 3 and as much as 5 mpg than what's given on the trip computer. Then again I know my trip computer is not very accurate as to how much fuel is left in the tank, as my fuel warning lights come on sooner than they're really supposed to - filling up just as the last bar starts blinking, the last stage of empty, usually sees me putting in about 4 to 4.2 gallons out of a tank that's supposed to be 5.3 gallons in size.

As for odo-based mileage, I suspect there's variation based on the shutoff valve at different pumps, and possibly due to elevation. Earlier this summer I went on a road trip from NYC to Boston to the White Mountains (Kancamaugus Highway) in NH to Montreal and back. I filled up at a local gas station before I left, and these were the mileage readings and locations of my subsequent fuel stops. Most of the time I was in freely moving traffic, going about 70-75 MPH on the speedo, with me as a ~200 lb. rider and about 20 lbs. in gear and luggage with me and a Large CalSci windshield:

Providence, RI - after 182.5 miles, filled with 2.75 gallons
Portland, ME - 165.2 miles, filled with 3.12 gallons
Swanton, VT - 241.6 miles, 4.1 gallons
Chestertown, NY - 228 miles, 4.3 gallons
Briarcliff Manor, NY - 211.9 miles, 4.2 gallons
(Then another 40-ish miles to get home)

Odo based average for my trip: 1029.2 miles over 5 refueling stops totaling 18.47 gallons for 55.72 mpg. The trip computer said 52.2 mpg.

I was amazed to only put in 2.75 gallons at Providence, that gave me a mileage of over 66 mpg for that leg of my trip, and that was going on I-95 between NYC / New Haven, CT / Providence, RI mostly at around 70-75 MPH (with a little bit of local city riding mixed in)! But I was surprised the other way to get much worse mileage riding back down on I-87 and then the Taconic State Parkway in NY between Chestertown and Briarcliff Manor, putting over 4 gallons in after only 212-ish miles of the same kind of riding (for just over 50 mpg).

I'm guessing the pump in Providence didn't fill my tank up nearly as much as the other fill-ups, and/or I jammed the neck of the pump in deeper or at a different enough angle that the shutoff valve kicked in early. If the configuration shutoff earlier by 0.5 gallons, it wouldn't be much for a car but would be right in line with the mileage I got overall otherwise.

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