nonsv content: gold wing poor gas mileage

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Fri Jun 11 21:57:04 PDT 2010


Run a couple tanks before you get too invested in trusting the gas 

On Jun 11, 2010, at 9:47 PM, Randy Grein wrote:

> 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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