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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-23-2008, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Gas mileage

what kind of gas mileage should I get, and how much will lose...???


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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-23-2008, 01:01 PM
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You can see 35-38 mpg uncorrected with a trike.
What does "uncorrected" mean in this context? Does that mean per the on board computer? How does that relate to actual calculated mileage and under what conditions? Thanks.

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Re: Gas mileage

I get more like 28 - 34 GPS corrected MPG.

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I rarely pay attention to gas mileage, but one time I went 305 kms and used 24.5 liters of fuel.
This was really pushing it and into some strong headwinds.

For all of our American friends, that's about 35-36 mpg, although in ours MPG (Imperial), so even lower yet for US mileage (approx. 32)?
There are so many variables that affect MPG, weight of the rider(s), winds, road surface, tire pressure, quality of fuel, driving habits, etc. etc.

They say that you lose 10% mileage and 10% power when you trike.

I would say 10% power is about right, or maybe lower (maybe 5%), but MPG is higher, maybe like 15% loss.
I don't really know about the mileage versus a 2 wheeler as I'm not sure what they get , although I've heard 45 MPG.
It seems many BS about their mileage, but really who cares, so long as you are enjoying yourself.
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Figure on a 10% reduction in fuel mileage, 40% gain in fun factor, 100% increase in cost. Well worth it.

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Re: Gas mileage

Over 65mph and loaded up I get 25-30mpg. Going at lower speeds than that I get in the low thirties. I have a 2001GL with a CSC kit.
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The key to your best gas mileage is to keep your RPMs NO higher than 3,000. I can't wait for a 6 speed Gold Wing.
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The key to your best gas mileage is to keep your RPMs NO higher than 3,000. I can't wait for a 6 speed Gold Wing.
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About 3800 to 4000 rpm is the sweet spot for the BMW K1200LT trikes and 2 wheelers.

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Re: Gas mileage

On a recent rip to WingDing and back, we got an average overall (corrected by GPS) of 38.6 mpg. That's with a 2003 Goldwing, Motor trike and Escapade trailer with 400 pounds and a co-rider of 130 pounds and I weigh 185. I didn't think that was too bad. By the way ,after that distance the Goldwing registered 3 more miles than the GPS did.
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