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How are you guys getting 50mpg?

I've just bought a 99 LT with 7000' miles. I have gone through a couple of tanks of gas and my average MPG on the computer says 31.5
Now I have opened this bike up a couple of times which explains the crappy mileage. I am conservative 70% of the time.
But how are you fellas doin 50?
I live in Phoenix, and I am riding solo. My average speed on the highway is 80mph. And I carry no baggage. And I am not going up many
I love this bike, my former was a 71 R75 which I loved but I'm in it for the comfort now!

Thanks for any comments
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I have a 2000 in which I average between 40 (winter) and 45 (summer). I never saw 50. The computer always averages out to around 43mph, with gas mileage in the low 40's. I use my LT mostly for commuting 15 miles each way averaging about 60 to 70 mph.

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Can't remember if your gallons are bigger than ours or vice versa - max speed, 128mph, cruisin - often round there, but ........................
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I have gotten over 53 several times if i d'nt jump on it and open it up. Normal riding is averaged around 53 running all speeds crusing thru the
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I've just bought a 99 LT with 7000' miles. I have gone through a couple of tanks of gas and my average MPG on the computer says 31.5
Now I have opened this bike up a couple of times which explains the crappy mileage. I am conservative 70% of the time.
But how are you fellas doin 50?
I live in Phoenix, and I am riding solo. My average speed on the highway is 80mph. And I carry no baggage. And I am not going up many
I love this bike, my former was a 71 R75 which I loved but I'm in it for the comfort now!

Thanks for any comments
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Peter - welcome to the fambly. Glad you're here.

Lissen - way back when, there wuz a procedure for trueing up the OBC for the gas mileage readout. You might try it and see if it brings the OBC closer to the manual calculations. It's suggested that you run through two or three full tanks and do the manual calculation using readings from the odo and from the gas station pumps. Then just follow the instructions listed here and check the results. HTH.
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Around town, I get 35-38, general riding - 43-45, and on the open road @ a steady (read: Cruise Control) 60 (one up, loaded for the road), I get 53 - 55. Play with the throttle, and economy drops off accordingly....
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I've just bought a 99 LT with 7000' miles. I have gone through a couple of tanks of gas and my average MPG on the computer says 31.5

Thanks for any comments
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Might sound daft, but, disconnect your battery, leave it for bout 30mins, reconnect it, turn on the ignition (without starting the engine), open the throttle fully twice (turn the twistgrip slowly all the way open twice) - this re-sets the Moronic engine management system - take it for a blast, and see what you then get. Good luck, and btw, welcome to the forum.

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Best tank I ever got on my 2000LT was 59mpg, cruising 2 up at actual speed limit on back roads. Worst I got was 30 riding with my sport club bike.

I use a PAO synthetic oil in the engine, transmission and final drive. Keep tire pressure up in the 40's.

Best tank currently on my 2006 LT is 51mpg. Worst is again 30.

I used PAO synthetic oil in the engine and final drive since 600 miles. Now that I'm at 12,000 miles, I am putting in PAO synthetic in the transmission today and hope to see improvement in gas mileage and better shifting (fewer false neutrals from 1st to 2nd gear shifts.

Both bikes seemed to get better gas mileage with age/mileage. Still breaking in, I suppose.

Be sure to calculate with actual miles driven per actual gallons used. The computer seems to be pessimistic by 10% on mpg. Also mpg seems to increase with lower windshield position. Check it yourself by frequently resetting the mpg computer.
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I have a 2000 LT, and during the colder months, I am getting around 41-43 mpg, depending on how easy or hard I am riding it. During the summer month, I am getting between 48-52, again depending on how easy or hard I am riding, whether I am riding in the wind, or against it, etc. Don't rely on the computer though. My computer is always at least 4 miles per gallon less than my actual mileage. I do have to say that I am a pretty conservative rider most of the time, and am quite content to cruise on back roads at 50-60 mph, and when I ride the Interstate, I generally only ride the speed limit. jrlakin
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I trust you'll see an increase in mileage after the winter time period of our oxygenated fuels usage.

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Might sound daft, but, disconnect your battery, leave it for bout 30mins, reconnect it, turn on the ignition (without starting the engine), open the throttle fully twice (turn the twistgrip slowly all the way open twice) - this re-sets the Moronic engine management system - take it for a blast, and see what you then get.
Instead of going through the trouble of disconnecting the battery, just pull the fuse for 30 mins. On the '99-'04 (US models), it's the bottom fuse in the left-most fuse block (as you're facing the rear of the bike). They moved that fuse on the post-'04 models.
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It's more fun pulling a battery, ( ) but if you wanna do the fuse -ey thing, these might help.... (go for no. 4 fuse)

p.s. you'll also find, that gas mileage & top speed depends very much on colour of the bike ....
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A few months before my accident on my '02, I checked my milage per brother-in-laws inquiry. 48 point something mpg. Not bad considering that I was 2-up(500 people pounds) w/full top and side cases, and keeping a steady speed was impossible. Only real bike(BMW) in a group of 2 and 3 wheeled GW, some with trailers. Couldn't set cruise for long because they would speed up/slow down constantly.
The worst I ever got on my '02 was 41-42 mpg. Best was just over 53. On my '05 I avg. 45. All calculations are the old fashion way, as I only use the OBC sometimes to track temp changes, but mostly to see how many miles before I become a pedestrian, but fueling before that happens. I've only put 1500(rain free) miles on my '05 since I got it last June. Just trying to "get back in the saddle", but may have to trike it or go to an RT because my left leg still not strong enough. I'll see what summer of '07 is like before I make any changes. Just ride it, fuel it, and enjoy!

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My '99 does the same thing, if I keep it at 80 on the freeway. Fuel mileage seems to go down dramatically above 65.

Someone else mentioned about oxygenated fuels. That will make a big difference, too. But I thought we only had that in California. Question: How can oxygenated fuels help with air polution if we get worse mileage????

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10% oxygenated fuels reduce regular hydrocarbon emissions by 10% at the expense of 3% mpg.
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(I am putting in PAO synthetic in the transmission today and hope to see improvement in gas mileage and better shifting (fewer false neutrals from 1st to 2nd gear shifts.

I have noticed this is an issue with the LT. I had the same problem with my
1971 R75. I thought I was leaving that behind! I will try the oil you are using
to help the shifting better

Thanks for everyones replies so far. This site is very helpful!

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p.s. you'll also find, that gas mileage & top speed depends very much on colour of the bike ....
Tru enuf... Been driving Wild Blue for a bit and find that it's a fast , lean drivin' machine... but it isn't gettin' no 50 MPG's... not when I'm keeping the RPM's up around that red mark!

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The only time I've gotten anywhere near 50 mpg is constant 50-55 mph in 5th gear at altitudes above 5000 feet. Otherwise I'm between 38 - 43mpg most of the time.

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I've noticed two things about mileage variation on my 06 LT. If I ride with the CB windshield down and I stay at or below 75 mph., I average around 47-48mpg.

If I put the CB up about half way due to weather and still drive at or below 75mph., my mileage drops to around 44-46 mpg.

If I ride from 75-90 mph., my mileage goes into the tank and averages around 39-41 mpg.
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I never get anywhere near these figures . In fact my best milage is when I'm pulling the white elephant (pop up Aspen Ambassidor camper), because it makes me slow down some.
I tried to be conservative to up the milage, that lasted almost a whole measured mile. I felt like they (cagers) were in control and I was a target, so I went ton up and felt better instantly
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When my '99 was almost brand new (may '99), I went from Wisc. to CA and back, to see the old Bill Meyer The Saddle Meister. I ran 72-75 mph actual the whole trip. I got 48,49, and 50 mpg tank after tank with 50 more often than 48. Here's how I did it: 1. Radial tires (worth at least a mile). 2. Real gas, no corn (worth about two miles).3. No wind. 4. Windsheid no more than 1/2 way up, wind wings folded back, no stuff strapped on the outside of the bike. 5. Smooth roads. Now on my 2000 (since August 2006), I'm running with the sheild farther up, and bias ply tires, and often can't find good gas. I'm getting about 45 mpg now at the same speeds.
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I've just bought a 99 LT with 7000' miles. I have gone through a couple of tanks of gas and my average MPG on the computer says 31.5
Now I have opened this bike up a couple of times which explains the crappy mileage. I am conservative 70% of the time.
But how are you fellas doin 50?
I live in Phoenix, and I am riding solo. My average speed on the highway is 80mph. And I carry no baggage. And I am not going up many
I love this bike, my former was a 71 R75 which I loved but I'm in it for the comfort now!

Thanks for any comments
Peter

it's easy ride 50-60 mph at altitude

I hardly ever see 40 out of my '02 and untill i tried a bunch of things I was really happy to get 35 on the interstate

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2002 LTC, with 54,000mi presently on it, I usually get 47mpg. I have seen 43 and also 51. All these figures are on the highway, and, very interestingly, all at similar speeds- 70-75mph, riding solo, with some gear stuffed inside the side bags. I think wind direction may play a large part in these numbers, since everything else has stayed the same.

I did not buy an LT to get great gas mileage, but I am very happy with these numbers. Very happy.

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After about 25,000 miles I seem to be averaging between 43 to 46 MPG. If I really ride it hard, it will drop. Easy ride and it gets a little higher. Seems to be pretty consistent.

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On the interstate headed to the farm and back this weekend, BC reported about 37. 2000 LT with about 75k on her. Me and my 13 year old son, windshield about 1/2 - 3/4 up, side vents closed, and everything stowed in the saddle bags and trunk. We had a strong headwind headed down, but tailwind coming home.

I have not re-calibrated the computer, so dunno how right it is. Also noticed the speedo is off by about 7 - 8 at freeway speeds. Let's just say traffic was very light and we made really good time.

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I get consistant 53 mpg...on the interstate when guiding or following my 78 year-old mother...at speeds that should be illegal, like 55.
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My 99 has almost always gotten over 50 mpg. Quite often it is in the 56-58 range. Once it goes past 75 the mileage does come down some-but still better than 50 unless it hits a head wind. Even running around 70 it has gotten better than 60 mpg. My bike has probably only gotten less than 50 half a dozen times or so. Of course all these figures are not allowing for the speedometer error which varies by tires which has been 2-3.5%. Even allowing for that it still gets over 50 the vast majority of the time. I have heard of others doing the same so I am sure mine isn't the only one getting good gas mileage. Even MCN's test bike averaged over 50 and I doubt that they took it easy on their bike.
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My assumption is I'm going to get 50 mpg when I start out. As others have stated less on the slab, more on the two lanes. I've gotten as poor as 41 when blasting down the Interstate at 80+; and over 60, two up, on the way to Jackson Hole. I have found the BC numbers to be pretty close, but base my calculations on gallons purchased and odo reading which is 4-5% high.

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I consistently get 50-53, but I ride easy. (The computer usually shows 48-39) I shift gears around 2500 rpm's for the most part, and run about 60 mph. I'll kick it up to 70 or so on the interstate, but seldom faster. I topped off this morning. 70 miles on 1.3 gals.

Considering my Yamaha Majesty scooter got 60 mpg (which was better than most people on the Majesty board reported), I'm happy with what I'm getting with the LT.
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I get consistant 53 mpg...on the interstate when guiding or following my 78 year-old mother...at speeds that should be illegal, like 55.

Sooooooooooo, I'm thinking you are probably lugging the bike along at 55 MPH in 5th gear to get 53 MPG???

LOL.I agree that riding 55 should be illegal.


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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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It's all in the right wrist. There are many factors as mentioned above, but by far the biggest contributor is how hard and fast you twist the throttle.

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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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It's all in the right wrist. There are many factors as mentioned above, but by far the biggest contributor is how hard and fast you twist the throttle.
Is that why you and I get 60 mpg?


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Nah, the only time I came close to that mileage was when following Joe at CCR.

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Nah, the only time I came close to that mileage was when following Joe at CCR.
was that going up hill or down hill


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Talking I never "Lug"

But several would disagree. I have a spread sheet, entered every tank pumped, 51.4 lfetime mileage

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... there wuz a procedure for trueing up the OBC for the gas mileage readout.
THANKS FOR THAT Dick. I've been wondering if it couldn't be corrected.

I keep detailed records on our '01 LT and often get (corrected/actual) 50 mpg pulling our trailer.

When I reset the OBC at fillup, I enjoy watching how the avg MPG changes with my riding style. Coast a while with the clutch in, rather than using engine braking and watch mpg climb. Shift at lower RPMs and watch it climb. Drop your highway speed by 10 mph and watch it climb... etc.

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Riding in the Southeast, I get 41-43 mpg. The only place I've done better is in Utah and Colorado. I consistently get 51-53 mpg while riding at altitude in the mountains.

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Nah, the only time I came close to that mileage was when following Joe at CCR.
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On two extended trips west (from Minnesota), first with my 2000 R1100RT & two years later with my 2005 K1200LT, I got 53 mpg riding one up & generally with the windshield down. Mileage was better at altitude, less down low. The Gold Wings on the same trip only got in the lower 40s. We were all over 65 (years that is....)
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I don't think I have gotten less than 45, and more often than not I get over 50, with the best about 55. I always ride with my wife on this bike, and she complains loudly if I go over 90. I don't putz along either, my other bike is a ZX11.

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I don't think I have gotten less than 45, and more often than not I get over 50, with the best about 55. I always ride with my wife on this bike, and she complains loudly if I go over 90. I don't putz along either, my other bike is a ZX11.
I got 28mpg going across Montana. Averaged triple-digit figures. And passed by two LEOs doing it. They didn't seem to care.
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The only time I ever got over 50 MPG was when I was at high altitudes.

Normally, around the southwest I got between 36-44 MPG, depending on what type of riding I was doing. Mileage went way up when I was above 4,000 feet, really great over 5,000.

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Last summer I was on an 9-day 3500-mile trip on my LT. My gas mileage was all over the place. I went as high as 53 on a full tank of fuel and as low as the low thirties. As a side bar, my buddy, Eric was on a 01 GL1800. I always got 5 to 7 miles per gallon more that he did…… It was killing him. Anyway, the worst mileage came on a 200 mile 2 hour run (100 mph average) from Caliente’ Nevada to Tonapah Nevada. I barely made 30 mpg (I think it was closer to 27mpg). Once you crack the throttle on these Lts the mileage goes south fast. Its fun though!
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I believe Wooly is spot on. The only time I've seen my milage as low as 42 MPG was after the battery went dead at the dealer awaiting maintenance. They jumped it when I picked it up (I had been babying it along on a charger every night) my milage went straight from 49 - 51 to 42 - 43. I reasoned it away as new tires (?). Shortly after I replaced the ailing battery and followed the throttle sensor reset per the manual and my milage went right back to 49 - 50 MPG. On long trips I average 54 MPG and playing around I have gotten as high as 65 mpg for a 50 mile rolling hills route. (Just coasted down hills with the clutch in till I was 5 under the limit then gently worked back to the limit, with the windshield all the way down.)
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The only time I've seen my milage as low as 42 MPG was after the battery went dead at the dealer awaiting maintenance.
Come ride with me Mac, and watch your mileage plummet! (I'm just south of you off Rt44.)
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Speed more that anything effects it. Stay in high altitudes, go down hill, keep the windshied low, duck down, inflate the tires, go on a diet, leave the wife at home... slow down, yawn.

I feel lucky if I get better that 44.1mpg
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mostly I get 42 with 2 up.

I did get 48+ on one trip with a guy that wouldn't go over 55 mph.

The only time I got 50 mpg was in the national parks with the 45 mph speed limit.

Get down in the upper 30s sometimes but never got below 30 like Joe

So that probably give you an idea where I like to cruise.

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I did get 48+ on one trip with a guy that wouldn't go over 55 mph.
Sounds.....uh...... not fun.
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Mileage

I have a '99 LT as well. I do not understand those that get such great mileage either. My speedo and odometer reads 8% to 10% higher than it should. I have often seen that 50+mpg as well. Buut, when the math is done for correction of the above discrepancies the mileage comes into the standard. Try following someone in a tin can whom you know is driving at a predetermined speed and see if your speedo is in error. Also, a reminder, the higher the rpm the lower the fuel economy.
There is also a so-called fix but it can be labor intensive. It is somewhere on this site. I haven't done it yet but I will let you know when I do.
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When I bought my bike in 2003 used with 14,000 miles I was getting aroung the mid to high 40's. In the mountains during 2004 and 2005 rallies I could get into the low 50's. But now I have been getting normally in the high 30's and very rarely getting over 40mpg.
I was wondering, beside the way the rider rides his bike, loads the bike, places the windshield, would something like the valve gapping of the engine have anything to do with your mileage? Could this be and indicator that maybe a valve of two is too tight and needs bucket replacement? The last time I checked my valve gappping it was getting closer to having the need to replace some buckets.
As I have never done this before and have copy of the instructions to do the procedure from this site, I still feel somewhat hesitant that I'll end up screwing up the cam removal some how.
What do you guys think?
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