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Fuel mileage question and great ride photo

I took ride north from ABQ this afternoon, intending do the NM Rt. 4 loop, but something attracted thousands of people to Jemez NM so I turned around and headed north. I was getting low on fuel, about 40 miles from Cuba NM when the fuel reserve warning light came on. I throttled back from 85 mph to 55 and started monitoring the OBC mph readout. I donít know whether to believe it, but when I slowed to 40 mph in 5th gear, it read 60 mpg; at 35 in 5th it read 70mpg.



Anyone map their mileage at these low RPM?



The ride was beautiful and I made it to the gas station. Hereís a photo from the return ride. Cabazon is the domed peak to the left of the windshield.
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I took ride north from ABQ this afternoon, intending do the NM Rt. 4 loop, but something attracted thousands of people to Jemez NM so I turned around and headed north. I was getting low on fuel, about 40 miles from Cuba NM when the fuel reserve warning light came on. I throttled back from 85 mph to 55 and started monitoring the OBC mph readout. I donít know whether to believe it, but when I slowed to 40 mph in 5th gear, it read 60 mpg; at 35 in 5th it read 70mpg.

Anyone map their mileage at these low RPM?
I've written and answered quite a few questions about the LT mileage. I, for some unknown reason, get incredible mileage from my 05 LT. At 60 to 70 mph, on the highways, I get 60 to 65 mpg. I've gotten 585 miles and I had 1/4 gal of gas left.

On another note, my wife and I tried to make it to New Mexico this fall (mid Sept) but ran out of time. We travelled down through Utah and toured Utah and the Southern parks. Hope to see New Mexico in the future.

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I have really been impressed by the mileage I get with mine. My last bike was a 400 cc Yamaha scooter that got right at 60 mpg, day in and day out. I'm getting a 50 mpg average with my LT, combined 2 lane country road, four lane, and interstate. Figure a 55 MPH average. (I had a high figure of 54 mpg once.) That's figuring the mileage the old fashioned way not by the on-board computer. Considering the bike weighs about twice what the scooter did, with three times the engine size, I'm pretty happy with it.
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At 60 to 70 mph, on the highways, I get 60 to 65 mpg. I've gotten 585 miles and I had 1/4 gal of gas left.
Sorry, it was late at night when I wrote this. I got 585 km, not miles. That's around 340 miles.

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...when the fuel reserve warning light came on...[/size]
I see you mentioned "reserve". That brought to mind a question that I have, as an LT newbie, regarding the 6.3 gallon gas tank that the manual says has a 1.3 gallon reserve. My question is: Is the 1.3 part of the 6.3, or separate so we really have 7.6 available. My guess is that the 1.3 is part of the 6.3 and the term "reserve" is an old term.

Sorry about highjacking your thread, but I've been meaning to ask this question and keep forgetting.

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Bill, the total fuel is 6.3 gallons, including "reserve". But as you said, there really isn't a separate reserve, just a point at which the low fuel light comes on. This can be adjusted by the dealer using the BMW diagnostic computer. Mine comes on with one gallon remaining pretty consistently.

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Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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I've written and answered quite a few questions about the LT mileage. I, for some unknown reason, get incredible mileage from my 05 LT. At 60 to 70 mph, on the highways, I get 60 to 65 mpg. I've gotten 585 miles and I had 1/4 gal of gas left.

On another note, my wife and I tried to make it to New Mexico this fall (mid Sept) but ran out of time. We travelled down through Utah and toured Utah and the Southern parks. Hope to see New Mexico in the future.

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Hey Bill, You're welcome to email or send a PM when the time approaches and you've decided how much you have, the kind of activities that attract your interest, etc. There's a reason it's called the "Land of Enchantment!"

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What kinda windshield?

What kind of windshield are you guys using that are getting these 50 MPG plus figures?? I have the Cee Bailey and on a good day if I stay in the mid 70's MPH, I can get mid 40's MPG but that's all. This past weekend we were playing in Death Valley with speeds consistently above 80-85 in the desert and I saw MPG in the mid 30's! I'm convinced the bigger windshield and the lip on the Cee bailey affect mileage. Does anyone agree or do I have a Thursday bike and it's not as tight as some of the others. BTW, I have 13K on my 06. Will a Motronic read my bike and see if everything is as it should be? Seems to run great.

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There are so many variables when discussing fuel mileage that it almost makes the topic futile. Rider weight, passenger weight, cargo weight, riding altitude, avg. speed, riding style, the list goes on & on. I guarantee you that BillCav's LT wouldn't get 60mpg if I was riding it.

My LT (and now wipatters' LT) got anywhere from 28mpg to 58mpg depending where and how I rode it. 28mpg was "achieved" going across Montana. I average 94.7mph, for the entire tank. All 160 miles of it.
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Something about Montana

just begs to test the limits of your riding capability and bike. I didn't keep careful track, 30mpg sounds about right.
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There are so many variables when discussing fuel mileage that it almost makes the topic futile.... avg. speed, riding style, the list goes on & on. I guarantee you that BillCav's LT wouldn't get 60mpg if I was riding it.

My LT (and now wipatters' LT) got anywhere from 28mpg to 58mpg depending where and how I rode it. 28mpg was "achieved" going across Montana. I average 94.7mph, for the entire tank. All 160 miles of it.

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just begs to test the limits of your riding capability and bike. I didn't keep careful track, 30mpg sounds about right.
Unless your on I-90 then it tests your alarm clock to see if it wakes you up a 1/2 mile before dead mans curve.
Dial in the cruise and snooze
How about the effects on the internals at 35-40mph in 5th?
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My LT (and now wipatters' LT) got anywhere from 28mpg to 58mpg depending where and how I rode it. 28mpg was "achieved" going across Montana. I average 94.7mph, for the entire tank. All 160 miles of it. [/QUOTE]

Wow Joe,

You are the first I have read to break my high average...Not something most people talk about but since you mentioned it... ....I went from Austin to El Paso averaged 91 mph but the coolest part was my stopped time was only 4 min 22 secs...I thought I would not used the GPS it is the best toy. Total time was somewhere around 6:55 to cover 595 miles....Yes one of those dummy cars with all the lights caught me in a gas station and gave me a good tongue lashing...The cop told me he had three more buddies up the road and if they caught me speeding I was going to jail...I never saw another cop car until the out skirts of El Paso, only got 27 mpg maybe I need the remius pipe of Christmas to up the gas milage.... Top speed on this trip was only 136 mph. I have had my LT read 141 max on the GPS but that was when I got my first K1200GT kill and his riding partner and that cool Remius pipe on a K1200S both them got passed by the "LT" they where both shocked at the next intersection shaking their helmets...Just can not see speeding that much on an exhaust pipe.. Looking for used Remius?

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I took ride north from ABQ this afternoon, intending do the NM Rt. 4 loop, but something attracted thousands of people to Jemez NM so I turned around and headed north. I was getting low on fuel, about 40 miles from Cuba NM when the fuel reserve warning light came on. I throttled back from 85 mph to 55 and started monitoring the OBC mph readout. I donít know whether to believe it, but when I slowed to 40 mph in 5th gear, it read 60 mpg; at 35 in 5th it read 70mpg.



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The ride was beautiful and I made it to the gas station. Hereís a photo from the return ride. Cabazon is the domed peak to the left of the windshield.
Yes these low RPM's WILL increase mileage, but be careful not to go to extreme as you may start to carbon up your internals. The 2005-2006 does have some more power (16 hp more?)
The RPM, wind, altitude, idle time, and humidity pay a HUGE part. My science on it is below 3 k rpm 48-55 mpg, with two up 44-48 mpg. On level FL back roads doing 52 mph one up I consistently get 48-55 mpg.
I could not believe what HUGE negative factor high (condensing) humidity caused.
It is good to keep track of gas mileage as it is an early indicator of problems in the plant.

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Your mileage is consistent with what I get..........at those speeds!! I drive slower......I get better mileage...............

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I've found my BC to be quite accurate. 41 mpg is the average for my 05 LT here on the Left Coast, 98% 2-up. The reserve light always lights up at 35-40 miles left (1 gallon left in the tank).

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I averaged over 100 mph for several tanks in a row a few years ago, but did it legally (while running the Autobahn). Sucks having to refuel every 150 miles, but it sure was fun. Oh, and that was two up and loaded for a week's trip. By the way, the cruise stops operating somewhere above 100 mph. And a '99 LT will do an honest 125 mph, but it takes a while to get there

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By the way, the cruise stops operating somewhere above 100 mph.
It's at 110mph indicated. er...Somebody told me.
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How about the effects on the internals at 35-40mph in 5th?
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Not good I'll bet! However, if you're faced with stressing your body or bike to get the next gas station for not planning well , I'll choose the stressing the bike every time.

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I've found my BC to be quite accurate. 41 mpg is the average for my 05 LT here on the Left Coast, 98% 2-up. The reserve light always lights up at 35-40 miles left (1 gallon left in the tank).

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Do I mind? No, you've motivated me to process the original higher res photo! Thanks.

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Cee Bailey's windshield & gas mileage

Hey guys. I have an 05 k1200lt. I am 5'10" and I weigh 259lbs. I changed the stock tall windshield at 8000 miles to a Cee Bailey's touring -2 windshield. With the shield at it's lowest setting, the top of the shield was exactly at eye level. I had to stretch my neck ever so slightly to look over the top. My fuel mileage averaged 42-44 mpg at 75mph. This was consistant on a tour from Pensacola, Fl to Phila. Pa. I was fully loaded with luggage and riding solo.

I now have 12000 miles on the bike. I recently bought a new Cee Bailey' touring -4 windshield. The -2 shield was much better than the stock shield but I didn't like the fact that I couldn't lower it when I rode through misty rain. With the -4 there is plenty of lower and upper range when moving the shield up and down. The added bonus that I didn't expect was the fuel mileage at 50mph rose to 56 mpg. At 75 mph solo with no luggage, the average was 53. I have never seen these kinds of mph figures since I've owned the bike. I hope my experience helps all.
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I now have 12000 miles on the bike. I recently bought a new Cee Bailey' touring -4 windshield. The -2 shield was much better than the stock shield but I didn't like the fact that I couldn't lower it when I rode through misty rain. With the -4 there is plenty of lower and upper range when moving the shield up and down. The added bonus that I didn't expect was the fuel mileage at 50mph rose to 56 mpg. At 75 mph solo with no luggage, the average was 53. I have never seen these kinds of mph figures since I've owned the bike. I hope my experience helps all.
Wow! Over how many miles has the new mpg been checked? Under various road conditions?

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Fuel light inoperative?

Just had my first real ride on my new 2002 LT. Filled it up at the start and at 160 miles the fuel light came on. So being cautious, I filled it up and it would only take just over 3.5 gallons. The OB Computer had 130 miles left on it and my MGG showed 48.

Is this normal or should I just ignore the fuel light?

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The dealer can reset the "low fuel" light turn on level with the Motronic computer. Many of these have been off. Be sure to fill only on the side stand as it puts the filler at the highest point and gets the most fuel into the tank. Don't jam the nozzle into the hole either the fuel level sensor is very close and can be damaged if just jam the nozzle in the hole. The tank holds 6.2 gallons total. Normal setting for the low fuel light is around 45 miles to go, or about a gallon left.

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Thanks John...appreciate that info. I'll get that checked out.
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My 2006 LT averages about 48 mpg if I ride it conservatively, which is the best mileage motorcycle I've ever owned. That is amazing when you think about the weight and size.
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I see you mentioned "reserve". That brought to mind a question that I have, as an LT newbie, regarding the 6.3 gallon gas tank that the manual says has a 1.3 gallon reserve. My question is: Is the 1.3 part of the 6.3, or separate so we really have 7.6 available. My guess is that the 1.3 is part of the 6.3 and the term "reserve" is an old term.

Sorry about highjacking your thread, but I've been meaning to ask this question and keep forgetting.

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One thing to remember, the warning light comes on way early under hard acceleration. And if you are cruising steady-state on a smooth road, you can go as low as .9 gallon before the light comes on.
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Here's the catch, you'll have to guesstimate that you have about 45 miles of gas left in the tank when you take it to the dealer to have it reset on the Motronic. If you have only used a gallon of gas when you take it then, then the fuel light will come on when you only gone 48 or so miles. So my suggestion is fill it up, take a ride for about 240 miles and then get it to the dealer for the reset.

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Thanks for the info.

One more thing. After riding for a few hours this last weekend, I put it right on the battery tender and it was red. Had to charge for a few hours to get the green light back on steady.

Is this normal?


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Michael - my ride home is 80 miles and I plug in my charger when I get home. The charger lite always shows red for a few hours. Not a big deal.
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I have noticed the need for one more gear to maintain good gas mileage. When I ride below 55MPH the gas mileage is in the high 40s as soon as I go faster the mileage starts dropping and the faster I go the more it drops. One more gear would be great for interstate use.

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