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GL1800 trike - Gas Milage

Curious what triking a GL1800 does to its avg. MPG at crusing speeds? Thanks, Craig

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Kills it......

about 32 MPG....less if I get to playing......but if we were worried about gas mileage, we would be driving 250cc scooters and not 1800cc trikes.....


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That depends on what you call "Cruse Speeds"

I cant compare to a two wheeler, but I normally get from 34.5 to 37.5 cruse set between 65 to 68 GPS. to me that is cruse or may be a little less. Some cruse is 80. I do know one thing that is a HONDA FACT, When you hit the MAGIC 3000 RPM's she perks up and runs like a Striped Ass Ape, BUT it also thinks that GAS IS FREE,,,

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but if we were worried about gas mileage, we would be driving 250cc scooters and not 1800cc trikes.....

ODD: I am looking for a 400 Bergman now. Around town I get 32/33 maybe, and I do a lot of town riding. The Trike is my Primary Transportation, the pick-up is for heavy work ( what ever that is ) or below 20 degree days.

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I get around 32 MPG...then again I play alot...and tow a trailer...after all...this is my fun toy!!!...

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but if we were worried about gas mileage, we would be driving 250cc scooters and not 1800cc trikes.....

ODD: I am looking for a 400 Bergman now. Around town I get 32/33 maybe, and I do a lot of town riding. The Trike is my Primary Transportation, the pick-up is for heavy work ( what ever that is ) or below 20 degree days.
My local Suzuki dealer has a used Bergman 650 for sale, I think around 5000.00....it's white, low miles, looks good.
If I were to get another scooter, it would be the 650.....I don;t think mileage would be that much different on the 650 vs the 400.....maybe, but not much.


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32 - 35.
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34-37 on the Champion.
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Curious what triking a GL1800 does to its avg. MPG at crusing speeds? Thanks, Craig
For comparison purposes I will throw in my experience to date with a Hannigan/K LT trike. On the big road (relatively level), one up, with loaded trunks traveling at 80 mph (GPS reading) on cruise control I have been recording 37 to 39. If I run 65 per GPS, the mpg under similar conditions increases to about 41 to 44.

Motorcycles in general and trikes specifically are not mpg champions by any stretch. A VW diesel Jetta will beat 'em while hauling 4 people and luggage.

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Re: GL1800 trike - Gas Milage

Ben - that is about on par for the loss. Your Beamer should get about 50 or so as a bike, and running side by side with a wing, the wing will get in the low 40s. My Beamer gets over 50 if I have a sore right wrist, but gets 49 on normal cruize is a normal if somewhat spirited way. The standard wing would go from 45 to about 40 in the same conditions. A triked wing really suffers - I get about 35 overall, and have had it down to 30 pulling a camp trailer in the mountains.

A good self repsecting Harley will get about 50 also, but not a triked one. They go to the low 40s. Guess thats part of the price for having a trike. I will pay it.

I find it interesting that there is a craze for scooters like the Bergman because of fuel mileage - they get about 50 more or less. I got that on two Honda Pacific Coasts, and they were 800s. And the BMW K LT gets about that, and its a full size touring bike.

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