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post #1 of 9 Old Mar 20th, 2006, 9:53 pm Thread Starter
 
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poor gas mileage on 2002 k1200lt

I have been riding all winter here in NH. I notice the gas mileage has dropped to about 150-180 miles per tank. Some say it's normal, others say there must be a problem. Any idea's what it could be. It's going in for service, but i'm curious. Jeff - Hillsboro, NH
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post #2 of 9 Old Mar 20th, 2006, 9:58 pm
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My mileage always drops significntly in winter, rises as the weather warms up. Be that as it may, on a recent trip to TN when I rode thru snow, I was getting 250-270 to the tank.

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poor gas

I usually get 250-270 even with my trailer, i just didn't know what kind of mechcanical problem could cause the drop in gas mileage. Thanks for the reply. Jeff
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Poor gas? Perhaps. When's the last time you had your valves checked, or your bike put on the computer at the shop. They should be able to tell you what the issue is (if any) if it doesn't go away as the temps rise for spring.
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Poor mileage

I was having very poor mileage 175 - 200 in the summer. after having the 5 out-of-spec valves fixed the mileage is going up but nowhere near the mileage you guys are getting. I drive 80 - 85mph (maybe faster).

What is your average speed? Do tell....

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I agree...

I only get "good" mileage when I "try" to get good mileage. Most of the time...220-250 miles per tank.
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I hear you on that Joe.... Only when we "TRY" to get good mileage

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It could be the additive MTBE used during the winter months(Nov-Mar) in the NE and Mid-Atlantic States to oxygenate the fuel and reduce pollutants. Unfortunately, it also reduces gas mileage. EPA has recently recommended it be discontinued because it poisons ground water. Wait until it gets warmer and see if your mileage doesn't improve.
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I was having very poor mileage 175 - 200 in the summer. after having the 5 out-of-spec valves fixed the mileage is going up but nowhere near the mileage you guys are getting. I drive 80 - 85mph (maybe faster).

What is your average speed? Do tell....

Jeff
Jeff at the pace you are suggesting with say a GPS indicated 75 mph avg speed covering 1500 miles in 20 hours including fuel stops. My bike will get about 32-34 mpg. If I were to mope along 2 up with the wife on back roads I can get 45 mpg. But we are really talking snail pace for that economy.

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