Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Here a post of mine from August 2003 after the Top-of-the-Rockies Rally, taking my wife back to Denver, then heading out to Wyoming....
"I just did from midway between Carbondale/Glenwood Springs, to Denver Airport, to Kremmling - 339.9 miles (544 kms) without refilling and in doing so used 28 of my reserve (which came on at 312).
I checked with MS Streets & Trips and it shows the distance as 334 miles, so the distance sounds OK to me. It was all on the 70/40 except for about 6 miles or so on the 82.
When I filled it again (I fill close to the brim, about 2/3 way up from the bottom of the inverted cup), I bought 6.12 gallons. This is 55.5 mpg (US gallons that is).
I presume I had about 20 left in the tank given what I normally scrape out of the reserve. As well, a couple of miles outside Kremmling, the "fuel remaining" showed 23 left.
Riding was 60% 2-up, 10 over, 2/3 in 5th, rest mostly in 3/4th, 2 sizeable passes (Vail on the 70 and Berthould? on the 40). Temp ranged 60-95F
I have filled before at 300 miles with the reserve still not showing, but this is by far my best ever actually travelled.
Oh, it was 91 octane. "
No lugging involved :-). Its all due to the altitude (high) and temperature (hot).
Interestingly, sit on 75mph and you get great mileage...once you hit 80mph though, the mileage plummets.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam