Mpg - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 10:02 am Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gpolakow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Fairfield, IA, USA
Posts: 1,369
Mpg

Since my wife has her own bike now, I have been riding one up a lot more. And even though she is just a little thing, barely 100lbs, my gas mileage is now close to 48 pretty consistently.
It is also true I have not been driving as fast as I used to. Just feeling better about going at a more moderate pace (at least until I get to the twisty parts). But that gas mileage is with an average speed of 53 MPH.
I think it's pretty darn good for an 800 lb, ten year old bike with 80k miles and a 180 lb rider.

Greg
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


2000 k1200LT Basalt Grey (Roxie)
BMWMOA Number: 134717
I have a great doctor, if you can't afford the surgery, he'll touch up the xrays -- Henny Youngman

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
gpolakow is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 10:56 am
Lifetime Supporter
 
BennyBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Posts: 2,017
Re: Mpg

While there are a gazillion things that can effect mileage, one up v.s. two up is pretty significant. It's the weight and drag caused by the pillion (not that yours is a drag ). There, did I dodge that one? Whew!

I get about 42 MPG with my wife on the bike and 48-49+ solo. Even though I ride more aggressively solo than two up. On my recent solo trip to Atlanta, I got 49.97 MPG for the complete trip (calculated by miles logged divided by gallons purchased). In my book, getting more than 40 MPG is good.My old Connie never got more than 39 and it was 200 pounds lighter.

Benny C. (Central Texas)
2001 LTC Pacific Blue (Babe...the blue ox)
1986 Kawasaki Concours (Connie) sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
BennyBob is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 11:42 am
Senior Member
 
casualemt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Posts: 676
Re: Mpg

Unfortunately, when considering the fuel savings of riding 1 up over 2 up, if your SO is riding their own bike, you then need to consider the amount of fuel they are using when calculating the trip costs or miles per gallon to get the two of you there....aw screw it, just think about the fun, 'cause isn't that the reason we ride anyway?

RICH CANNON
2000 K1200LT "a great ride"
2002 GL1800 powerful, but boring..(gone)
1979 XS1100 (gone)
1986 VT500 Ascot (gone)
1972 Honda 500-4 (gone)
1961 Lambretta (way gone)
1962 Allstate Compact (gone but not forgotten)
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
casualemt is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 12:11 pm
Senior Member
 
kk610lt's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Flossmoor, IL, USA
Posts: 831
Re: Mpg

I find that it is not so much one or two up but, speed as the big factor in mpg results.
When you start driving that bike up towards 80 or so the mpg hits the basement.

kk610lt
2007 K 1200 LT
2004 R 1150 GS Adventure
2002 K 1200 LT (totaled by a SUV 10-7-08)
1988 Concours
Why do bullets bounce off of Superman, but he ducks when you throw a gun at him?
kk610lt is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 4:44 pm
Senior Member
 
Boatzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Hartfield, VA, USA
Posts: 1,105
Re: Mpg

I agree about the speed being a major factor rather than 2 up. Everything contributes, but I find the faster I push it the worse the MPG. My 2 cents

Bill
Eastern Virginia (Middle Peninsula)
K3ZXV
05 Honda Sabre 1100
04 Triumph Speedmaster , Black with
California Sidecar Friendship II
99 K1200LT, Basalt Gray "DELILAH" (SOLD)
99 R1100RT ,Glacier Green (SOLD
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
)
Boatzo is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 4:54 pm
Senior Member
 
petevandyke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Posts: 1,741
Re: Mpg

I had a little three-day "two-wheeled therapy" escape this last weekend.

One 150-mile stretch I "only" averaged 34.6 mpg.

Of course, my average speed for that 150 miles was GPS-indicated and verified 105 MPH, so I'm not really complaining.


Could I have slowed down and seen every damn cactus in Western Texas (and, well, nothing else) and seen 44 MPG at 60 MPH and saved, uh, about $4? Yeah, I guess. But what the hell fun is that?


wink

========================================
When life throws you a curve, LEAN INTO IT!!!
2000 R1100RT-P...R.I.P. "Old motorcycle"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2004 K1200LT "Lick and Tickle"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


FU*K Cancer. If I have one more MRI, I'll stick to the refrigerator door.
petevandyke is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old Aug 4th, 2010, 5:39 pm
Senior Member
 
AlReich23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oviedo, FL, USA
Posts: 101
Re: Mpg

Quote:
Originally Posted by petevandyke
I had a little three-day "two-wheeled therapy" escape this last weekend.

One 150-mile stretch I "only" averaged 34.6 mpg.

Of course, my average speed for that 150 miles was GPS-indicated and verified 105 MPH, so I'm not really complaining.


Could I have slowed down and seen every damn cactus in Western Texas (and, well, nothing else) and seen 44 MPG at 60 MPH and saved, uh, about $4? Yeah, I guess. But what the hell fun is that?


wink
I'm the same way, brother.
The best I can report is about 35MPG, but I average 80MPH.

2004 K 1200LT Black
AlReich23 is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old Jan 19th, 2011, 2:18 pm
Senior Member
 
pauleknight's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oviedo , FL, USA
Posts: 1,079
Mpg

Monday afternoon I had the chance to drive in the drizzle from Miami back to Orlando.

I kept a steady pace of 65 MPH for 3.5 hours.

I was shocked to see that I got 52 MPG for this trip!

a lot better than the 40mpg I got for the way down with a much higher average speed...

2009 K1200LT The Черный заяц 2 March '12 -
2008 R1200GSA Dec'11 - March '12 (sold)
2009 K1200LT The Черный заяц Nov '10 - Nov '11 (sold )
2000 K1200LT Flying Purple Mile Eater May '10 - Nov '10 (sold)
2005 VTX1300s Nov '09 - Nov '10 (sold)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
pauleknight is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old Jan 19th, 2011, 6:12 pm
Senior Member
 
calvarez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
Posts: 348
Re: Mpg

Quote:
And even though she is just a little thing, barely 100lbs, my gas mileage is now close to 48 pretty consistently.
I get 47.6 - 48.2 very consistently riding solo, and 44-46 with the wife on the bike, and she's only 112 pounds. She also makes the back end wallow a lot more if I forget the preload. I make a lot of "fat butt" jokes. It's safe at her size. I figure the MPG must be the wind load, she's pretty tall.

Carlos Alvarez
Gilbert, AZ
2000 K1200LT-I
calvarez is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old Jan 19th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Senior Member
 
hschisler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Rushville, OH, USA
Posts: 7,755
Re: Mpg

I check my mileage at every fill-up. I cannot break 40 mpg riding solo (mostly commuting, mix of local roads and interstate, max speed 70 mph). Strangely, I get about 2 more mpg when I ride two-up; I attribute that to riding a little less aggressively when my wife is aboard.

Another thing that affected my mileage was installing large auxiliary lights (Hella FF200s) beneath the mirrors. They are out there in the slipstream and made a 10% difference the day I installed them, and going forward.

Howard Schisler
2015 BMW K1600GTL
2009 BMW K1200LT - 60k miles
2012 BMW F650GS (sold)
2005 BMW K1200LT - "Gray Ghost", traded at 120k miles
2005 Honda Shadow 650 (sold)
AMA, IBA, BMW MOA. CCRs: Braselton 2006, Osage Beach 2007, Duluth 2012


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
[/URL]
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
hschisler is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old Jan 19th, 2011, 7:10 pm
Senior Member
 
rattler50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Wichita Falls, Tx, USA
Posts: 1,336
Re: Mpg

I never got over 40mpg out of my LT. It simply WOULD NOT run the speed limit. It was just too much fun....................

2006 R1200RT
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue
2003 K1200LTE Black
Totaled Oct 2, 2010
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Most of us would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
rattler50 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome