nonsv content: gold wing poor gas mileage

Randy Grein randygrein at comcast.net
Sat Jun 12 15:39:13 PDT 2010


Carbs. Seems to be burning clean, at least the tailpipe is clean, no  
smell of gas or half-burned gas. Next check is the air filter and  
replace plugs, then run it for a week.

Randy Grein

On Jun 12, 2010, at 1:38 PM, Ernest Montague wrote:

> 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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