Originally Posted by cfell
ok.. so , how many miles on the bike.. because if we can figure out how this is working for you, it would benefit many...
Now, it that mileage figured using the BC or by manual computation?
The bike has about 22,000 miles on the odo, and computations were obtained by dividing actual miles ridden by gallons used. I use a handheld calculator.
The Rhinewest chip contributed 2-3 mpg to overall economy; this was readily noticeable by comparing the mileage from my home to CCR2005 (sans the chip) and the mileage from CCR2005 back home, after Hank Azzaria of Rhinewest performed the chip installation at Jackson lake Lodge. I shift gears in the 3000 to 3500 rpm range unless I am really "getting on it". I don't downshift for engine braking purposes. My 2000 LT has different gearing than the '05 and-up models; the lower rpm, at speed, that my engine experiences contributes to better fuel mileage. I live and ride at 3500 to 6500 ft elevation, I weigh 170 lbs soaking wet, I don't subscribe to the mantra of "ride it like you stole it", or to the misconception that anything under 4000 rpm is lugging the engine.
I don't purposefully ride in such a manner as to maximize gas mileage, it just happens; I ride the way I like to ride and I maintain the bike as well as possible. If a rider is constantly accelerating hard and running 80-90mph, he/she will not obtain good mileage figures. For me, good mileage is not important. I enjoy riding the LT and the cost of fuel plays no part in the way I ride. If I rode more aggressively, lived at sea level, owned a '05 or later model, weighed 100 lbs more, etc., I would not get the mileage I currently experience but, again, that issue is of no importance. An additional $20 per month for fuel due to poorer mileage is inconsequential; everyone should just enjoy the LT to it's fullest and ride the style that suits them.