nonsv content: gold wing poor gas mileage

Randy Grein randygrein at
Fri Jun 11 21:47:15 PDT 2010

Thanks Jim, sounds like you have some history there too. I won't lie  
though - we weren't close at all, then there was a rough divorce and  
he was pretty consistently a jerk through the whole thing. Easier now  
that he doesn't remember a lot of that stuff, and as long as he's on  
his medications he's OK - just has big holes in his memory. But he  
needs some help getting a few possessions handled, or liquidated and  
nobody wants him riding. Or driving.

I know what you mean about testing fuel economy, been doing it for  
years. I'm kind of a nut about it. But I've never had a streetbike get  
this kind of mileage and old reviews have it pegged at 40-45mpg. It's  
pretty nice other than that, if you like big, comfy couches when  
cruising down the road. I'm going to take the wife for a ride this  
weekend - this is one bike she can ride on without getting sore.

Randy Grein

On Jun 11, 2010, at 9:27 PM, Jim Stewart wrote:

> Randy Grein wrote:
>> Yeah, I know - not an SV, but we have serious talent on the list,  
>> it's been too quiet, and I'm not sure where to start. See, my dad  
>> stored his gold wing 3 years ago when he started losing his memory.
> Randy, I know what it's like. Heartbreaking.  My best to you and  
> your family.
> It's a 1992
>> with only 51,000 miles and he took pretty good care of it until  
>> then. Anyway, he gave it to me as I'm the only one in the family  
>> who rides and he didn't want to sell it. So I get a new battery and  
>> rear tire,  do a routine service and it runs - pretty well, too.  
>> Idles fine, starts right up, good power and no misses. But gas  
>> mileage is crap, 3/4 of a 6.5 gallon tank in 110 miles and I wasn't  
>> going that fast. Other than the cruise control light being on I  
>> can't think of anything that would cut gas milage in half without  
>> running like shit. Ideas?
> I wonder if it was ever right.
> I know I'm strange, but every "new" bike I've gotten in the last  
> couple of decades has been tested. One of the bench tests is to fill  
> it to the top, then drain it until it stops running in the normal  
> petcock position.
> Make a note.
> Then put the petcock on reserve. Repeat.
> Make another note.
> I've had some real surprises...
> -js

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