nonsv content: gold wing poor gas mileage

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Sat Jun 12 13:38:38 PDT 2010

sniff it at the tailpipe? Black soot?  I can't even remember if it's 
carbed or FI.  I'd think float needle seals

On Jun 12, 2010, at 1:33 PM, Randy Grein wrote:

> Yes. I topped off the tank this morning and it's not quite as bad as I 
> thought - 30 mpg instead of 20, still terrible. But I took a ride with 
> my wife (she loves the comfort, we could go places on this bike) and 
> it seemed to do really well - until we hit the freeway. I set the 
> cruise control just over 70 and you could watch the gas gauge drop. 
> I'll try cruising around 60 or so for a tank and see if that helps.
> Randy Grein, WMRRA #141
> On Jun 11, 2010, at 9:57 PM, Ernest Montague wrote:
>> Randy:
>> Run a couple tanks before you get too invested in trusting the gas 
>> gauge.
>> 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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