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Join Date: May 2006
Location: WA, Spokane
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As Viper said, fuel mileage can vary widely depending on your riding conditions and your riding habits. Pretty typical to hear people report 45-50 mpg. I've personally experienced everything between 26 mpg - 63 mpg. I got 63 mpg cruisin' around Yellowstone & Tetons at about 45-50 mph all day. When I first bought the bike, and just cruised backroads I easily got 45-50+. As I became a more aggressive rider my mileage dropped to the low 40's. At interstate speeds, particularly above 70 mph or mountain passes,etc, mileage drops quickly and for me was usually between 33-40 mpg.
Usually I used one trip meter to track the miles on my tank of gas (as many folks do). When the low fuel light came on, it meant I had about 1 gallon left. So I would divide my miles so far by 3 (gallons) to figure an estimate for mpg on that tank, and then figured I had about that many miles left before I was walking.