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

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldy_54
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by IR Harry
    Figure on a 10% reduction in fuel mileage, 40% gain in fun factor, 100% increase in cost. Well worth it.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by WEBTRIKED
    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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    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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    Just got back from a 6000 mile trip out west. Best I ever got was 44mpg up in the altitudes where the computer had it leaned out. Worst was in a major headwind and it dropped to 22mpg. My usual average is between 32 and 34.

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    I average 36-38 mpg (Honda miles), best being 41 mpg on my Champion trike 2-up.
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    Normally between 33 and 35 measured by GPS. That's two up, no trailer, and driving like a sane person.

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    I just recently averaged 36mpg with two up and a Pakit-Rak on the rear.

    When I pull the trailer with two up I get about 33mpg.
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    I average around town and on the road.....32mpg. No doubt I could baby it and get better, or lead foot it and get less. But 32 is my average. Unless of course I am in Colorado, then it nears 45mpg. But alas, I am seldom in Colorado.
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    it depend on where you live and how fast you drive we are now gone 3000 miles and still got a 1000 miles to go to get home.we have got from 30-45 miles gal. if you are getting a trike and coming out west you should have aux. fuel tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozerman
    it depend on where you live and how fast you drive we are now gone 3000 miles and still got a 1000 miles to go to get home.we have got from 30-45 miles gal. if you are getting a trike and coming out west you should have aux. fuel tank
    Amen on the auxiliary fuel tank for touring if available for your trike brand. It helps eliminate anxious moments!
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    Absolutely a matter of personal opinion. I have travelled more than 2 million miles and never had to carry spare gas in the US or Alaska. I like to smell the roses myself and actually see where I've travelled to. I haven't seen many lately that can ride out the whole tank and say they never saw a service station. I personally wouldn't carry the extra gas even if I did have the capability. Reminds me of a friend decades ago that always carried extra gas on toop of his fuel tank for lack of a better place to strap it on. He isn't here anymore because his container sprung a leak and soaked him and the bike in gas....it ignited from a spark plug discharge. BTW, I DO live in the west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W7AX
    Absolutely a matter of personal opinion. I have travelled more than 2 million miles and never had to carry spare gas in the US or Alaska. I like to smell the roses myself and actually see where I've travelled to. I haven't seen many lately that can ride out the whole tank and say they never saw a service station. I personally wouldn't carry the extra gas even if I did have the capability. Reminds me of a friend decades ago that always carried extra gas on toop of his fuel tank for lack of a better place to strap it on. He isn't here anymore because his container sprung a leak and soaked him and the bike in gas....it ignited from a spark plug discharge. BTW, I DO live in the west.
    I hear ya, Lee. To each his own. An auxiliary fuel tank is certainly not a necessity but, I think it provides a measure of comfort that makes me feel better and it doesn't cost all that much. 'Feel' is important, according to a candidate for President.

    I wouldn't be comfortable with a can of gasoline strapped onto the trike either.
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    Ben, I didn't see an answer to "What does uncorrected mean" That means taking the bike's odometer reading. Goldwings and most other bikes have a 4-6% error as compared to actual GPS miles. For example, my odometer reads 104 miles when the actual miles reading is 100 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtags
    Ben, I didn't see an answer to "What does uncorrected mean" That means taking the bike's odometer reading. Goldwings and most other bikes have a 4-6% error as compared to actual GPS miles. For example, my odometer reads 104 miles when the actual miles reading is 100 miles.
    My odometer was the same as yours, 4% high. That makes your mpg higher unless you "correct" for it. My speedometer was 8% high. I installed a "Yellow Box" http://www.blackrobotics.com/ and now my speedo is spot on at 70 and my odo is 4% low. So I still have to "correct" for true mpg.

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    My speedo is off like the rest I used the GPS to get the feel for just how much off it is. On several 300 + mile trips I reset the trip on the GPS and kept close watch of it at 50, 100, 150, 200. Mine is 3 miles low per 100, so I just add for compensation when figuring the true mileage..
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    Each to his own liking but I got the aux fuel tank and was the best option I selected. So glad I got it.
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    I get around 30-31...riding like an insane person...
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    07 GL1800 CSC,we average 35-37 riding 2up. Useing midgrade gas, pulling our trailer, 400 lbs, we drop down to around 29 to 32 depending how we drive, usualley around 68mph to 70mph, the better mileage at the slower speed. Have gotten more at higher elevations. Just depends on driving habits.

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    32 mpg but why does it matter your having fun right +1 -2 so what
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    28 to 31 mpg, ride with a heavy hand, must be doing something wrong, as I ride 1 up and never get the numbers posted on this forum.

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    I've never ridden a trike, and am looking forward to my first experience (you never know down the road...)

    I figure though that if you can afford the conversion, the mileage difference should be a non-issue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IR Harry View Post
    Figure on a 10% reduction in fuel mileage, 40% gain in fun factor, 100% increase in cost. Well worth it.
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    ....I "average" 33mpg and that's riding like an insane person


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    Quote Originally Posted by Git-R-Done View Post
    28 to 31 mpg, ride with a heavy hand, must be doing something wrong, as I ride 1 up and never get the numbers posted on this forum.

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    I get similar mileage to yours. Perhaps we need to learn to use 'new math' to calculate consumption. <g>

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