Originally Posted by Lonewuff
My real problem is the gas milage. My dealer has put it on the computer twice and everything said it was fine. While in Tucson they hooked it up and found everything fine, however; I was only getting an average of 32 mpg running one up and had about 70# of load. I was getting 35 mph in Texas until the speed limit increase in West Texas of 80 mph, then it dropped to 29 mpg.
The end of the muffler is blacker than my 05 used to get, but she doesn't smoke or run sluggish and I really don't smell gas when she is running.
Okay guys...don't let me down. What's the matter with my girl?
Jerry, I can't add anything concrete but I CAN give you my MPG details as I have a new loaded 2006 LT just at 5,500 mile mark that I bought Sept. this year.
Did you break it in hard or soft (rings set properly) or don't know? How many miles on her?
1-DEFINATELY CHECK THE PLUGS always do this - not as easy as my Harley, & while in there do a warm & cold COMPRESSION CHECK and note the pressures after THREE tests. The plugs can tell the story, take color photo's.
2-I ride 2-up 90% and get 48 mpg doing an average 65-68 mph, BUT it depends on the WIND. Got 50 mpg running 70 mph w/ the 7-10 mph wind on our back, 40 mpg running 67 mph into the wind.
3-The HUMIDITY makes an INCREDIBLE and in my opinion biggest difference! Only got 28-30 mpg (per the BC) running 60 mph on the way to FL Keys before dawn with 100% RH (condensation & dripping from your helmet, windshield always fogged). The minute the day broke the RH naturally went down and the BC reset and read 47-48 mpg. Cool dry air adds 15-20% mpg efficiency.
4-You need to fillerí up to the top and run 100 miles or so at 50-55 mph, refill to the top and then do the math mpg check using the gallons you needed to filler' up (to the SAME spot) as the divisor.
5-Running over 80 mph my mpg goes into the toilet, but the above variables always impact it - so to speak.
6-My feet extended on the j-pegs drop the mpg 2-3 (resistance) The windshield doesnít have quite as big as an effect and at time improves the mileage when properly feathered.
7-Next week weíre running to NC to see the colors, I will be riding one up only and will let you know of any stark changes to the above.
8-I also found Chevron, BP, and Texaco to be the most efficient fuels and would like to start a thread on this alone.
I am interested as to what the final outcome is, I know it is under warranty but no one cares more for your bike than you do. Nothing above will solve your problem but it WILL narrow the problem for your dealer towards the solution that we all can benefit from.