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  • Something way cool: How does your mileage stack up against a Harley Davidson?

    Check out this link:
    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/Motor...y-Davidson.htm

    Looking down the list - many of us can honestly say that we get better fuel economy than a MOTORCYCLE, but our stuff stays dry....




    * Note specifically the Heritage Softail Classic
    Last edited by Greywolf; 06-10-2016, 01:12 PM.
    Most people don't drive what they want at all, and never will

  • #2
    what kind of gas mileage are you getting with your festiva?

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    • #3
      Looks like for the most part the ones with bigger engines get the same or worse and the ones with smaller engines get better?
      Remember they make a lot more power than we do with our stock motors
      I get 46us mpg if i dont take it easy and thats probably 20% city driving by distance, but 60% by time :/
      Also 70-75mph when on the highway. Fuel milage numbers for the highway are quite often calculated at 90-95km/hr with cars, not sure about bikes.


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      • #4
        We were just talking about this today at work during lunch. I told the one guy I got about the same MPG's with my formally owned Honda CB750 as I do my Festiva.

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        • #5
          My BMW makes around 200HP and it gets over 40mpg.
          1990 (LUCIFER 2.0) fully built BP+T with E153, Fueltech FT500, traction control with hopes of 600hp (i drank to much of the KOOL-AID)
          1990 OverKILL BP+T, evo ecu system, coilovers, aspire brakes, full advanced suspension, Garrett! The Autocross toy!
          1989 (BRITSTIVA 1.0) B6T and sold
          19?? 150$ burnout car SOLD
          1991 (STRESS RELIEF)SOLD

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          • #6
            When i had my 02 hd low rider, man i miss that bike, it was carbed with an 88 twin cam i got 40 to 45 about the same as my "Steve" .....guess i can hang my head out the window and pretend now, just drivin a cage now but thats ok cant drag three kids on a bike.

            Uglyed and the Steve
            The Steve, 89 L, 93 b3, 81 escort carbed, 5 spd now, metro 13s, 88 323 exh mani, very comfy Suzuki forenza front seats...47 mpg as long as it is above 40! LOL!

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            • #7
              Better than my old Sporty, but is the same as my Honda Goldwing. My BMW only gets about 28mpg.
              91 Festiva GL "Scrat"
              82 Honda Goldwing GL1100i
              85 BMW 535is "Brunhild"

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              • #8
                My cbr250r averages 65mpg best tank was 72.
                Better Than Nothing Racing

                Way too many cars

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                • #9
                  Do people calculate and use odometer error when calculating mileage? From checking against GPS miles, I know my 3 have to multiplied by 1.015, 1.2, and .98 to match odo to "observed" miles. I know these differences are slight, but do make a difference and you need to make some long runs to establish the "slip"( a nautical term that includes trailing sea and wind conditions for observed miles vs. engine miles). I always want to know that figure along with determining speedo error, but maybe I'm just anal like that.
                  "Blue92"- 92L 5 spd, original owner- 185K, B8,DD..
                  "Pedro"-88L 5-spd, B6D (built by Advancedynamix)
                  "Blanca"-92 GL auto, 125K(FM8 Lowest Miles)- B6 daughter's DD
                  "Tractor Blue"- 89 L auto, 110K
                  "Chester"-88 LX, runs but not street legal
                  "Wenona"-89L parts car
                  "Flame"- 89 LX 5 spd ,parts car

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jawja jim View Post
                    Do people calculate and use odometer error when calculating mileage? From checking against GPS miles, I know my 3 have to multiplied by 1.015, 1.2, and .98 to match odo to "observed" miles. I know these differences are slight, but do make a difference and you need to make some long runs to establish the "slip"( a nautical term that includes trailing sea and wind conditions for observed miles vs. engine miles). I always want to know that figure along with determining speedo error, but maybe I'm just anal like that.
                    We have odometer test sections out here. I use those and calculate off that, then when i use different tires i calculate based off difference in circumference. But even when your careful there is a decent difference between full tread and bald on the same tire. You just have to choose to not be that picky, lol.

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                    • #11
                      I'm not quite there yet, because I'm still working out bugs on my "Leading" car (the one that will be for daily driving), but when I start road tripping what I plan is to fill the tank until I can see it in the filler neck at a known start point I can find on a map, then drag out the first fill up to another place I can note on google maps and record the amount of fuel it takes to refill to the same point.

                      That way I'll have an exact set of references. The exact road distance, and the exact fuel quantity from a certified vendors pump.
                      Most people don't drive what they want at all, and never will

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