nonsvcontent: update on Gold Wing

Randy Grein randygrein at
Sun Jun 20 13:08:33 PDT 2010

I'm well aware of the speed-induced drop in mileage most bikes incur,  
just not seen it this extreme. I think there are additional gains if I  
can get the carbs operating better, from reports by others with this  
model wing I should be seeing another 5 mpg easy. Oh, and I've heard  
many reports of GSXR poor milage. Could be there's some valve opening  
overlap that is letting mixture out at moderate RPMs or something else  
due to tuning for maximum performance on the track.

I'm not about to pull a Chris Denzler - besides, this is the full  
Aspencade with integrated fairing and bags. I might as well go whole  
hog and pull the trailer too. (grin) No, if Damon is still up for it  
we'll take my SV out to Spokane.
Randy Grein, WMRRA #141

On Jun 20, 2010, at 11:35 AM, Jim Stewart wrote:

> Randy Grein wrote:
>> After a few hundred miles and a couple tanks of gas milage has  
>> improved. Turns out there are 2 gallons left when it hits the red  
>> line on the gas gauge. Keeping it under 65 really helps, even a few  
>> excursions over 70 drops overall milage below 37, keeping it  
>> between 60 and 65 nets 40 mpg.
> It makes a difference on all of our bikes. I usually get about 45 on  
> my SV (first gen.), but I managed to get 35 on I-5 with saddlebags  
> at 85 mph. OTOH, one ride a couple of years ago we were going rather  
> slowly (I think it was because one of the bikes had a problem) and I  
> was astounded to see 56 mpg over 240 miles.
> One friend I ride with has a GSXR 600 and usually gets 35-37 mpg  
> when I get 45. What's up with that? It feels fine and runs well. Is  
> this what happens when you run a GSXR at low revs?
>> Still miss the racetrack though. Might show up for WMRRA's  
>> endurance race...
> On the Gold Wing?????? Where and when? I'd pay to see that!
> -js

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