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post #1 of 12 Old 05-06-2006, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hard Bags Kill the Mileage

Wow!

Bolted-up some pistol cases from Cabela's to my SW Motech Quick-Loc racks and while they work great I was shocked at the loss of gas mileage. I expected to lose a few mpg's but dayum! Went from 43 to 34. :-(

It's like I'm driving a car with the parking brake engaged. (Yes, I have done so) ;-)

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-06-2006, 06:02 AM
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43 to 34?

Have you checked it a couple of times? I'm really surprised to see that big a drop. The airflow back there is pretty messy to begin with, what with your legs and everything in the way already. I hope its not really as bad as you say because its going to change my range considerably for long trips.

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I have a set of E21's and a E45 as a trunk on my 04 DL1000 and have not noticed any difference in mileage.
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I have the E41's and I'm doing a trip out West this summer. I haven't put on many miles with the bags on yet but I'm hoping they don't knock 20% off my mpg.

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Mine drops from about 48 down to 44 with the E45s on the sides.
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10% drop? I could take that.

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My 1000 went from 41 to 40 when I added the less than aerodynamic Pelican cases.
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I went from 41-42mpg down to 39-40mpg when I added the Givi E360 sidecases and the E52 topcase. I think the E52 causes the most drag of my setup, but it's still not that bad.

Having not seen your pistol cases mounted, I still have to think it's something else. (unless you filled them with lead )

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Mayner,

The boxes look really good!

Mind me asking how much they were and what model they are?

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After thinking on things since last night I may have jumped the gun on my estimate. I was a little pissed cause I ran out of gas about 100 yards from a gas station near my home. This bike does not feel heavy unless you have to push it. ;-)

Anyway, I thought I had plenty of fuel when I left work so I did not bother getting gas, thinking I'd stop off on my way a little closer to home. I have a dailey 100 mile commute. I thought it a little strange that the bike took only 5.54 gallons. The thing was empty as far as I could tell. There musta been a little bit sloshing around in there but I could not see or hear it.

I will run this entire tank through and see what I get. I have to admit that my earlier estimate included more city driving than usual. Since I put the Staintunes on I get "slightly" worse mileage in the city because I'm always gassing it from stoplights, just to hear the ehaust. ;-)
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