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50+ Mpg...???....how!!!!.....

I occassionaly see guys mention getting high 40's or even over 50 MPG's out of their LT. I probably average low 40's with a range of 39 to 47. I am ~ 260 lbs. and most of my riding is solo. I am a "lazy rider" and only hammer it rarely. I probably am due for a new air filter and plugs...27k on them (they are the original ones). The bike runs fine. Just wondering what most guys are getting MPG wise. Could my plugs and a dirty air filter be causing my lower average????? I do notice a slight seasonal difference....winter lower MPG....

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My '99 regularly gets high 40's and low 50's. When it is really cold the milage drops to the mid 40's (like, 11F or so). The older lt's get better mileage than the new ones most likely because of less horsepower. I do notice that using fuel that is "up to 10% ethanol" can drop my mileage several mpg. My best mileage was about 54mpg on a day trip in the summer...

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Since 99: Mainly 2 up average right around 40 with an occasional trip at 46-47 and two weekends ago fully loaded and strong wind 32 mpg on 300 mile trip.

This has never changed, different parts of the country, new plugs and filters, unplugging temp sensor, and switching from regular to premium. First radials, now bias. First conventional oil, now Mobil one...it never really changed by a measurable amount.

Such is the nature of closed loop oxygen sensor systems it keep the mixture in a very close range.

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When riding my LT, my mileage ranged from LOW 20s to 57 at one point. How you ride, and more importantly WHERE you ride has a lot to do with it. I got 57mpg up in the Rockies of Colorado. The low 20s was obtained averaging 94.7mph (for a whole tank) riding across Montana. Hard on the wallet, great for the soul.
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My '99 regularly gets high 40's and low 50's. When it is really cold the milage drops to the mid 40's (like, 11F or so). The older lt's get better mileage than the new ones most likely because of less horsepower. I do notice that using fuel that is "up to 10% ethanol" can drop my mileage several mpg. My best mileage was about 54mpg on a day trip in the summer...

My experience is similar on my '99. I average about 50 and always ride one up and conservatively. I also notice that as my bike ages, it runs better on regular gas than it used to with little or no pinging. I live on the MD/DE border and avoid the 10% ethanol sold in Delaware during the winter.
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Raise your tire pressures, lower your windshield.

I was rolling along a flat, level road while holding a steady throttle, I ran the windshield all the way up and the bike lost at least 5mph.

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I average 48 MPG. I regularly cruise about 120 kph (75mph).

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I think a big contributor is the model year of the bike. The older ones have less powerful engines and get better mileage. I have an 07 with the around 116hp engine and get 42-46mpg. Someone will jump in here if I am wrong but I believe the 04 and earlier was around 98hp. They also changed the gearing in the transmission about the same time. From the posts I have seen in the last year the 50mpg and above were all older model years.

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Final drive ratio is the biggest contributor

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I have almost always averaged 50 mpg. I keep the tire pressure up and the windshield down as low as possible. I think the side wings make a big difference also, but I don't have any way to prove it. Obviously my mps's go south when running the mountains in second or third near redline.

Seems to me that the LT's that perform the worse are those that are babied the most.

A friend and I went to north Georgia to look at some Real Estate 7:00 AM yesterday morning - up and back by 7:00 PM - 508 miles with a fair amount in the mountains - still got over 50 mpg - measured at the pump.

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'02 and I usually am flogging it... I stay at 47.
I never leave the mountains and never see an interstate.
I think going up and downs the hills helps feul economy for me.

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Raise your tire pressures, lower your windshield.

I was rolling along a flat, level road while holding a steady throttle, I ran the windshield all the way up and the bike lost at least 5mph.
I didn't even think about this...DUH!!! This is probably my main contributing factor....especially in winter. Most of the time I have the windscreen up and the winglets flaired out... I'm sure that knocks off a couple or three MPG's.....
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I have a 2000 LT, and I ride fairly conservatively most of the time. In the summer time I average 45-48 mpg provided I keep it under 70. Over 70, and I probably get closer to 43. I should note that I generally ride one up, and weight 250 lbs. HOWEVER, I have a friend that I ride with, who probably outweighs me by at least 60 lbs, and he consistently gets better mileage than I do, and we are often riding the same speed and course etc. His LT probably averages 3-5 mpg better than mine, and it is a 2005. Sort of shoots the "older models get better mileage" theory.
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Yes, it can be done. On mine it took a nasty night time rainstorm, fresh light absorbing asphalt, and periodic snow flurries to encourage me to cruise at or below the speed limit. Much to my surprize I got 52 mpg. My normal riding style usually nets me somewhere between 36 and 44 mpg. Needless to say I don't expect to be riding that painfully slow again any time soon.
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Getting 50-54 mpg average on my '99. I'm about 6', 285 lbs. Computer always shows average in this area and always matches actual fuel consumption/mileage computations.
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I do notice that using fuel that is "up to 10% ethanol" can drop my mileage several mpg. ...
Car and Driver did some testing a couple of years back showing how much worse cars did mpg wise on the 10% booze mix. Some showed a decrease in mileage on the order of 10%...in other words, the ethanol part was adding zero fuel value. At least some farmer somewhere was making a few bucks.

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I get 47 to 52 MPG. I usually ride solo and weigh about 230lbs. That said I only ride short distances but it is usually not in town driving. To work and back is only 24 miles and I only drive about 60 MPH. I have noticed lower MPG on my last big trip to Texas. I was driving about 75 to 80 mph and was getting low 40's MPG. The wind drag on this thing is your worst enemy. So as someone else put it

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Car and Driver did some testing a couple of years back showing how much worse cars did mpg wise on the 10% booze mix. Some showed a decrease in mileage on the order of 10%...in other words, the ethanol part was adding zero fuel value. At least some farmer somewhere was making a few bucks.

That just supports all the other tests that have been done proving that ethanol doesn't have as much energy than gasoline.

E85 vehicles have to shove in more fuel (compared to gasoline) to richen up the mixture to provide enough energy to run the engine efficiently and safely, but at a loss of fuel mileage.

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I never get that kind of Mpgs one or two up. On trips two up loaded 70 to 75 Mph 36 to 38 about 225 miles per tank. Around town the same I just do not get it????
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One of the many mysteries I have seen on this site.

I have questioned it since I burnt the second tank on my 07.

All but 7000 now and the best I have seen is 42.9. I average 39.9 consistent. Now I do ride a lot in winter and my bike does get the crap they call gas here in winter PA.

I do have the side wings out for about 4000 of those miles. But I only raise my -6" shield enough to get the wind over my helmet, never look through it, or is it in my sight line.

I do ride a lot of slab and I am a solid 80 MPH or better driver. I have suffered the pain of setting the cruise at 68, and it did not improve enough to make the computer change a point!

It really is driving habit, the ratio change, and I would assume the 05 and better are set richer as I assumed they achieved the increase by compression.
Which would call for a bit richer fuel map. Tire pressure for sure.

Has anyone cleaned up their heads, or are they pretty clean and flow well?

Anyone seen an increase with an aftermarket exhaust? Other then tone/sound?

Anyone ever seen or heard if the Throttle Body is set up well stock, and ever needs synced, or any attention?

I am still one of the happiest guys alive having all the fun I have, and getting 40 MPG doing it. While I would love 50, 40 will do, well at least until it hits $5.00 a gallon

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2003 LT, 38,000 mile average is 48.99 MPG and that's on 10% ethenol.
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In the 45 days/1500 miles I've had my 99, I'm averaging 40mpg. typical ride is a commute from the suburbs to inner city DC & return. Lot of painful stop & go in town, HOV on I 95 & 395.

I have the windshield up, winglets deployed, heated Gerbing jacket liner, grips & stereo going as well. Tire pressure is just above recommend spec. I'm sure this will improve as the weather gets warmer.

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In 2006 (the year the bike was purchased) , I rode from Ontario to Calgary Alberta and back (5000 miles) and averaged 41.2 MPG(US). In 2007 I rode to West bend WI and back (1600 miles) and averaged 45.3 MPG (US) and also to CCR (2100 miles) and averaged 43.6 MPG (US).
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On my trip to 06 CCR two up, super slab most of the way 80 to 85 indicted, kept very close records. totaled milage against gallons purchased averaged 50.3 MPG. Computer showed an average of 48 mpg up until my 18K service when average dropped to 43 mpg. And so it has remained for the next 18K miles. 12K of those miles were on my four corner last august. The trip computer showed average of 43 for most of the time. except there were a couple times when the average increased to to 49 and milage for that tank reflected the higher amount. then it would drop back down. I am going to do the canisterectomy before going back on the road this Spring. All service dealers can give me no reason for the almost 15% drop in milage. Eugene OR service good, Orlando BMW Service (very VERY expensive, and no kiss either) will see if there is a return to the higher and needed range for milage. will report on what I discover. Till spring then

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We hit an all time for us at 52.7 MPG riding two up with some gear last summer. However, it was at elevation in central Oregon around Crater Lake with average temperature around 87 degrees and average speed of 65 mph. With the Unigo attached it dropped to an average of 48-49 MPG during the whole trip. However, this is a 2000 LT and has always found her best milage on the open road at 65-75 mph.
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I had an 03 LT and consistantly got 51-53 mpg even when riding 2 up and loaded with luggage. Traded it in on a new 07 last year and it touched 60 mpg running 2 up and loaded. I'm not sure what to expect in the long run as I only have 2700 miles on it so far. Work took its toll on my riding season last year. This year I put in for lots of vacation so I can ride it and find out what it can really do.
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Anyone ever seen or heard if the Throttle Body is set up well stock, and ever needs synced, or any attention?
BMW synchs the throttle bodies at the factory and then ignores them for the life of the bike. I've only heard of one or two LT guys who have gone in and adjusted them. They claimed that the bike ran smoother and the normal K-bike vibration was noticeably reduced, but it's far from a common practice.

Heck, I haven't synched a fuel system since my '80 XS11 and its four big ol' carbs.

And you're right about driving habits playing a large factor in overall fuel mileage. An active right hand makes a big difference, even in comparison with two LT's riding together in the same conditions. I got used to putting in just a bit more fuel than my buddy whenever we'd ride together.

But yeah, the added fun factor is generally worth it.

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Was getting 50 mpg consistently on both the LT & the Sportster until about 6 months ago. Now getting 42 on the LT, and about the same on the Sportster (don't ride it enough to tell).

I attribute the change to the addition of ethanol.

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I am now riding a 2003 and my everyday commute yields mileage in the mid 40's riding on trips I have seen as high as 55 but that was at 60mph speeds in cool conditions. My previous LT was a 99 and it did a little better than that on trips(58-62), I have found the windscreen to have major impact on mileage I put a tall CBailey on the 99 and with it raised up I would experience 10 to 12 mpg less, my 03 has the stock windscreen and I generally ride with it almost all the way down, I guess I have learned to enjoy the breeze!
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My 99 usually gets 55-58 mpg. It got down to 45 one time running about 80 into a 25 mph wind. It has hit 67.8 twice. I met a couple in Red River with a 99 that said they got similar mileage. Depending on the tires I run my miles are 2-3.5% fast. Even allowing for that mine is still getting excellent mileage.
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I have heard that the older LT's get better mpg. I consistantly get upper 40's and one tank I got 53.8mpg. I have yet to see upper 50's or 60mpg but I have not had mine out on a trip yet where I run any distance at a set speed. All my tanks have been mixed city and highway travel. I have noticed the windshield up does lower the mpg!
My friends on thier Gold wings are only getting low 30's. I'm getting better mpg on my LT than I ever did on my R1100RT and it was much lighter.

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Just filled up and using mileage / gal I got 49.556mpg. This week I used the bike to commute to work 245.7 miles in 5 days till the fuel light came on. Filled it with 93 octane 4.958 gallons while sitting on the sidestand.
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I think you guys who get that kind of mileage should do a little seminar at CCR on how it's done. I calculate the mpg on every tank of gas. The best I've seen is 48.7, and that was 2 years ago. I average around 40 mpg.

Some interesting tidbits:
1. Adding Hella FF200 aux. driving lights reduced my mileage by 10%. They are relatively large, and are mounted beneath the mirrors, in the slipstream.
2. On a trip to the Gulf coast and back this week we were two-up, loaded for bear, pulling a trailer and cruising for two days, each way, at 80 mph. On the way down we got 34, 36, or 37 mpg on each tankful. On the way home we got 41, 42, or 44 mpg. We took a different route for part of the return trip, but had the same configuration and ran the same speeds. Go figure.

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My 05 normally got 48-56 MPG!! but then I rode in 4500-7500 RPM....

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I don't run that high in rpm but I do try to keep it up around 3k or so. My '99 likes a min 40mph for 4th gear and min 50mph for 5th. My averages are 47 to 53mpg. I don't think there is a trick to it but there must be some reason. I suspect it is just some setup or calibration of the sensors for the engine computer. It is probably impossible to tell without some really expensive diagnostic equipment.

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I'm riding to Georgia on my first bike trip on the 17th. I will be interested to see what it will get highway miles.

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WINDSCREEN and Winglets..... Finally got some warm weather yesterday and I rode with the windscreen down and winglets folded in. That was good for ~4-5 MPG increase. It seems obvious enough but I ride helmetless or with a "brain bucket" at best (still a HD guy at heart...c'mon...let me have it...lol) and have the windscreen up more than most guys riding LT's probably do.

I also need to keep a closer eye on tire pressure. I think I am quite often a few PSI lower than what some guys on here state they run in their tires.

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. It seems obvious enough but I ride helmetless or with a "brain bucket" at best (still a HD guy at heart...c'mon...let me have it...lol)
I knew there had to be something ironic about your username!

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I knew there had to be something ironic about your username!

The irony in my user name is a personal "joke/slam" on myself between a few close friends who are envious of the life I am living. Its too bad that everyone cant keep a sense of humility or stay non-judgemental....

To each their own my friend.......

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The irony in my user name is a personal "joke/slam" on myself between a few close friends who are envious of the life I am living. Its too bad that everyone cant keep a sense of humility or stay non-judgemental....

To each their own my friend.......
It was just a joke, but if I see a LT in PA w/o a helmet I'm going to run them down and hopefully meet you.

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In just over a year of owning my 2003 I have average 52.3 mpg, using E10 most of the time. Like many others have said I keep my windscreen down, my tires (Metzler 880 if you are curious) inflated quite hard and generally cruise along at 60-65mph. The fuel consumption stays pretty constant where I am home in Colorado and traveling the midwest.
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I usually get 44-46, two up 75% of time. Last year heading north through North Dakota, two-up, loaded with camping gear, 35-40 mph tail wind, 80 mph on bike, we were showing 60 mpg. It was great heading north, but a turn to the east with wind from the south, you get the picture.

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My mileage varies. 44 low to almost 53 high. Last tank I was commuting and for some reason the needle likes the 80 mark. Also because it has been soooooooo cold here in central Florida ok ok truth is that I like the quieter ride with the shield up and wings out, so I can hear the radio talk shows, that I got 46.7mpg. This flagship bike loves to run and unless I watch my dials it wants to go 90+. I'm very thankful for the electronic cruise control!
Loser, I get it. It is good to have a sense of humor! I wear a skid lid sometime too or even without on short hops but Highways usually have on my fullface.

Do you guys find that a tank full start to empty at a set speed is the best MPG?

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You can get the BC to vary your gas mileage; just recalibrate it!


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I was getting as high as 60+ on occasion here near Denver on my '03 with an average of about 52 mpg. Usually would see about 320 - 360 miles per tank. With the bushtec loaded, 1 up, I would see about 45 mpg. Over time, I have seen that number decrease. Now I am running 45 - 48 mpg most of the time. Looking at right around 300 - 310 mpt this winter.. But, I haven't let it run dry.

I know I have been riding a bit harder, just changed the plugs, filters, etc. about 4K miles ago. This is combined city and highway. Haven't been on any real long trips for a while. I usually run 70 - 75 when on the highway (indicated) which equates to between 65 - 70 real life. I have been a little harder on the RPMs because I like the rush so I would say that my driving habits have changed a bit.

Here are a few things to consider:

1) The accuracy of the odometer is a big question (I believe mine is a bit fast)

2) How are you measuring mpg. Are you using a GPS or odo?

3) Has your trip computer been calibrated for average mpg?? I know mine hasn't.

4) What type of windshield? Stock, Cee Bailey with/without wings/ other aftermaker?

5) Octane, altitude, mapping (chip/nochip, etc.)

There are so many variables that it is difficult to really say how good things are or are not.

I have had a longtime friend that is a auto tech and a BMW rider tell me that babying the engine does nothing for fuel economy.

I know when I added some BG 44K a few months back, it helped as well. I have been told you should do that every 6K. Especially if you keep the revs down.

Just my experience.
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Ok now you got me wondering! I will calculate mileage by GPS mileage and Tripometer on my next trip. I know my speedo is off sometimes as much as 5mph according to the GPS. We'll see how this does.

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One must remember that Us gallons and Canadian imperial gallons are different.
1 US gal = 3.96 Liters
1 Can Gal = 4.56 liters

Hence a Canadian will appear to get better milage.

We now measure KM per liter.
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My '05 has around 30K on it and it always averages between 49 and 51 mpg. I have never depended on the computer readout, preferring to base my mileage figures on what goes in the tank vs. distance traveled.
On my last two long trips with both my wife and I in full gear (I weigh about 230) and all the luggage stuffed full, we still maintained 50 mpg.
By contrast, I ride fast (70+ usually) with the windshield in a more upright configuration, but I don't rev it to the moon and seldom see 5K rpm. Even in the mountains and fully loaded, we never dropped below 47 mpg.
I have traveled on both a Gold Wing and an Electra Glide before, and this bike is FAR more fuel efficient (and fun).

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