Re: What is a realistic MPG figure for the K1200LT?
I recently reviewed my mpg logbook and thought my results may be of interest.
My Lt is a 2000 model, with a Rhine-West chip, Denso Iridium spark plugs, original type air cleaner and exhaust system, Metzler tires – 42psi front, 48 psi rear, air box sensor disconnected, 20W50 engine oil, 80W90 transmission and FD oil, V-Stream standard size windscreen, no rear top box, and the rest pretty much stock. I ride solo; I am 6 feet tall, and weigh 200 lbs. My overall 2 year average: 48.6 mpg. The following is a sample of my mpg results taken from my written records (I use the onboard computer as a reference, but trust my hand written recordings at the time of gas fill ups):
Trip 1: My best mpg average: Start odometer 79113 miles, with a full tank of 91 octane gas with 10% gas from Marathon, Florida to Pilot gas station at the intersection of routes 997 & 41in East Miami, Florida, odometer 79222. (I wasn’t sure when the next gas station would be available traveling west on the Tamiami trail route 41W). Filled gas tank up to same mark with 1.8 gallons (US), therefore 109 miles/ 1.8 gallons = 60.5 mpg
Comment: I left Marathon about 6 AM, temp about 70’ F and clear weather, traveling north on routes 1, 905A, and 997 at about 50 mph (mostly steady cruise control on level roads, windshield mostly in the down position, not much traffic, but slow moving, no opportunity to “get on it” especially since I noticed all the police in each township waiting for someone by the roadside. My best mpg to date, but not the most fun.
Trip 2: My lowest mpg average: Start odometer 79418 miles with a full tank of 91 octane gas with 10% gas from Venice, Florida to BP gas station at NE US Highway 19 Crystal River, Florida, odometer 79578.
Filled gas tank up to same mark with 3.79 gallons (US), therefore 160 miles/ 3.79 gallons 42.2 mpg
Comment: I left Venice about 9:30 AM, temp about 82’F and overcast weather with some very minor light intermittent rain, (got up to about 95’F as the day wore on), traveling north on interstate 75 and 275, continuing north on 60, 589, 98 and highway 19 averaging with windshield mostly in the up position, 75 mph with a lot of speed bursts passing truck traffic. My lowest mpg to date, but it was
exhilarating to be on the LT flashing past traffic, stable as can be, still climbing in speed when getting back into the right lane.
Conclusion: (My opinion), maintain the LT to specs, consider the road conditions and weather, consider the overall load, use 91 octane gas (or better) then go slow and steady for your best mpg, or ride it fast and furious and don’t think about the mpg (you’ll probably still get between 42 and 44 mpg if the above conditions are met). On the other hand, my brother is always telling me if you think too much about mpg, then how can you be having fun on your motorcycle?
2000 K LT