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What is your average gas mileage?
Less than 50 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 11 ]
50 - 55 mpg. 5%  5%  [ 16 ]
55 - 60 mpg. 6%  6%  [ 18 ]
60 - 65 mpg. 13%  13%  [ 41 ]
65 - 70 mpg. 14%  14%  [ 42 ]
70 - 75 mpg. 27%  27%  [ 82 ]
75 - 80 mpg. 14%  14%  [ 43 ]
80 - 85 mpg. 10%  10%  [ 30 ]
85 - 90 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 12 ]
greater than 90 mpg. 4%  4%  [ 11 ]
Total votes : 306
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:51 pm 
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I do 25-27 mi. each way to work. About 1/3 of it is 40 to 45 mph, the rest is 55-60. Lots of up and down hills. I'm 6'1" - 210 lbs and get 80 to 85 mpg.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:54 pm 
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Was 65-70 with me as primary rider. Miss Dottie ranges from 66-83.
Guess my wrists are bigger than hers :roll: . We won't go into who's butt is bigger.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:08 pm 
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Great poll!

Stickied! 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:58 pm 
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funny that you started this poll today of all days!

so here's my story . . .

this is my first bike so i had to figure out when i would need to fill my tank. i let it run out, down to reserve and found my trip meter at 168, so i used that as my gas marker.

sometime after my 600 mile service, i was low on gas but didnt feel like stopping and just kept going knowing i had reserve if i needed . . . that time i made it to 177 . . . so i used that as my new marker . . .

last night, i was parking the bike for the night and made a mental note that my trip meter was at 165 and would need to fill up sometime the next day . . was running late this morning, but knew i could make it to work on what i had in the tank so i didnt stop . . weather was looking pretty icky today and looked to be getting even ickier so i decided to take the bike back home while it was still dry beleiving i'd get caught in a monsoon on my way home after work if i didnt. and i made it home without stopping for gas . . .

my trip meter was at 189.6 :shock: :D

so let's see . . 189 divided by 1.9 = 99.47 mpg . . . yeah, and that's before hitting reserve!

i filled up before i knew how far i could have actually gone. i'm guessing not too many more miles before i had to fill the switch.

but still . . not to shabby!

it's quite possible that i could have gone that far on every tank, but i always just fill up regardless, whenever my trip meter was at 177.

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Or that someone or something (squirrel, bird) bumped the knob and added 11 or 22 miles to the trip meter. :lol:

Sounds like you've got some good consistency.

I've only completely run the Rebel dry once, and that's cuz I had forgot to get the petcock back to "ON" after I filled up, left it on reserve. Then decided to push it and see how long I could go before hitting reserve.

And found myself out of gas, realizing my mistake just as I am able to coast up to a gas pump. 8) Actually, I think I had to push it the last 10 feet, but still.

Back when I still lived a mile from work, I got a lot better gas milage. I was rarely on the freeway (well, more rare than now) and was usually below 50 mph overall on most trips. I recorded as high as 86 mpg on one fill-up, but it was just one fill up... the one before and the one after I averaged in the upper 60's.

But I've gotta heavy wrist... I love hearing the Rebel growl like the beast it really is. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:56 pm 
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Dj wrote:
Sounds like you've got some good consistency.


yeah . . after i hit submit i realized i prolly should have added what kind of riding i actually do to justify them there numbers . . . :roll:

my daily commute to work is about 12 miles one way. there's not a single road over 45mph, no matter which way i decide to go. so obviously i never do any freeway ridin' . . . yet! 8) . . . on weekends, when i decide to just go tooling around, i hit the odd street here and there that get up to 65mph . . .

so yeah . . there ya go!




then again, could have been that lil' black squirrel whose tail i just barely caught with my front tire come back to mess with me . . . you never know! :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:28 am 
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Wonder if the MPG is a little different between the 250 classic and newer?
The 85 (non-California) does not have the charcoal canister to capture gas vapors from the tank. And the carb was different, 85 is richer running I believe, slightly more HP, not much EPA regulations then.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:12 am 
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That's some amazing gas milage. I love to tell people that I get 65 miles to the gallon, but what your talking about WOW.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:39 am 
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Shhhhh. Don't tell Deanna -- I've been sneaking in and putting a quart of gas in her tank every night.

Next month I'll be taking a quart out every night.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:36 am 
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rcoolbaugh wrote:
Shhhhh. Don't tell Deanna -- I've been sneaking in and putting a quart of gas in her tank every night.

Next month I'll be taking a quart out every night.


:shock:




so then tell me, what kind of gas mileage are you getting on THOSE daily trips to Michigan?? :lol: :P

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:20 pm 
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imarebelrider wrote:
so then tell me, what kind of gas mileage are you getting on THOSE daily trips to Michigan?? :lol: :P


Between 80 and 85! And i'm really rollin up the miles too. :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:33 pm 
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One thing to remember about the reserve switch: just because you've flipped it doesn't mean you've exhausted exactly 1.9 gallons from the tank. You need to see exactly how much gas the tank takes before determining the mileage. Case in point, my VLXes all have a 2.0 gallon main capacity and I fill up after flipping the reserve, and the tank will take anywhere from 1.8 gallons to 2.2 gallons to fill the tank just below the seam of the opening. Same with our 96 Rebel, anywhere from 1.8 to 2.0 gallons to top off.

Remember, the petcock is little more than a straw sticking up through the bottom of the tank and a switch that bypasses it. Once the fuel level drops below the top of the straw, the carb starts starving indicating that it's time to flip the switch to allow fuel to continue flowing.

Many conditions can occur to ensure whether or not there is fuel above the straw...such as hard acceleration or stopped on an uphill sufrace (resulting in fuel sloshing aft over the straw), and leaning or stopping on a downhill surface (resulting in leaving it "above water").

So when determining fuel economy you really have to go by how much fuel it takes to fill up versus how many miles have elapsed on the trip meter. After all, if you just go by the main capacity and you only fill up halfway, the low resulting mileage diveded by the main capacity will be a very inaccurate representation.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:46 pm 
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I get 90-100 miles, depending on what type of riding I'm doing, but for the most part I do even 40-45 MPH rides, with the occasional slow down for small towns.

I think my gas mileage comes from my size, and not how I ride.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:08 pm 
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I've seen 100 a few times, and stay at 80 mpg pretty consistently. I love this bike.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:01 am 
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I'm 180lb and average 84mpg

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:05 pm 
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My all-time highest gas mileage is...101 mpg!!! That was my first long trip, 265 miles roundtrip. On average however, I do 93 mpg.

Serephina prefers 89 octane; she runs a little rough on 87. With such great gas mileage, I won't begrudge her the 89!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:45 pm 
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i ride about 8 miles to and from work and then another 8 miles to and from school. my speeds range from about 30 in the subdivision to 80 on the hwy. i pretty much get 83.? mpg every time. i am dying to take it out on a slow leisurley ride to see just how high i can get it but i just havent had the patience to ride at 45-55 mph for a whole tank of gas yet. btw i am 5'6" and weigh about 145 lbs.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:40 pm 
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I had an 86 classic 250, and I only got 57mpg. That was with pretty conservative riding habits, although a lot of my riding is on country highways going to and from town, 20 miles round trip. Now I have an 86 450, and my mpg is about 50-53. Bummer.

But Jeez, do ya think goin 0-60 in 5 seconds is affecting the mpg? And you know, when I hit that 3 mile dead- flat wide open straight-away, god help me I just can't control my urges and, why, just yesterday, I buried the speedo needle (it reads to 100 mph) and it kept going deeper! But confound it, I am determined to get better mpgs, just as soon as I can get a grip on these outrageous urges that come over me!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:38 pm 
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Rebel: 450
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:roll:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:17 am 
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Geeze, you guys are getting waaay better gas mileage then me. I normally get around 65mpg. I took a trip up to Akron, Oh from Columbus this past weekend and only got 50mpg. It was all freeway driving open throttle driving. That was the worst mileage I have gotten so far. Not that 50mpg is bad compared to everything else I own.


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