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Old 04-14-2014, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Just a thought but I'm trying to find out if I can do something to help my fuel economy. My 2012 CCT is getting about 33mpg, to my mind a bit on the low side. I expected somewhere closer to 40mpg. My normal commute is 35 miles one way with 2/3 of it at 75-80 mph on a turnpike. I've read that the CCTs take a big dive above 75, is that common? While it's not imperative for the mileage to be higher, I don't want my HD buddies to out do me on trips. Thanks all.
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Just a thought but I'm trying to find out if I can do something to help my fuel economy. My 2012 CCT is getting about 33mpg, to my mind a bit on the low side. I expected somewhere closer to 40mpg. My normal commute is 35 miles one way with 2/3 of it at 75-80 mph on a turnpike. I've read that the CCTs take a big dive above 75, is that common? While it's not imperative for the mileage to be higher, I don't want my HD buddies to out do me on trips. Thanks all.
I dunno about the CCT, but my stock HighBall gets roughly the same mileage as your bike. My commute is just under 30 miles (29.7) one way
no interstate, all back roads, state highway, and a couple of small towns (speed limit 35 mph). I would think that the mileage should be closer to 40-45 MPG, both new bikes I have purchased before this one were over the 40ish mark.

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Just a thought but I'm trying to find out if I can do something to help my fuel economy. My 2012 CCT is getting about 33mpg, to my mind a bit on the low side. I expected somewhere closer to 40mpg. My normal commute is 35 miles one way with 2/3 of it at 75-80 mph on a turnpike. I've read that the CCTs take a big dive above 75, is that common? While it's not imperative for the mileage to be higher, I don't want my HD buddies to out do me on trips. Thanks all.
I'm retired, so I don't commute anywhere (hey, it's good to be old, in some respects). On my '12 XCT, I get around 40 - 42 in most of my backroad day trips, as well as most of my superslab days visiting far-flung relatives. On the backroads, I ride pretty spirited, but we're typically talking 55mph limits, so I don't cruise much above 65, and then there are towns with 30 or 40 limits thrown in. On the superslab, I'm typically doing a real (i.e., GPS, not speedometer, which is a little bit high) 71 or 72. I have nothing against going over 100, for instance; it's just that I do that sort of riding in pretty short bursts.

You have to keep in mind that wind resistance increases with the square of the speed. That is, if you're going 70mph and you increase to 77, you just jumped 10 percent in speed, but the wind resistance -- and hence the power to overcome it -- went up a bunch more than that. So, yep, you're going to pay for those fast freeway droning miles.

A couple of questions. You have any engine or exhaust mods? And do you get time to do any full-tank backroad weekend jaunts, so you can check your mileage at slower speeds?

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How many miles on your bike? Apparently, these Victory motors start to get the best gas mileage around 25,000 miles. Once it's really broke in.

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The bike has almost 18k miles on it. As for modifications, I'm embarrassed to say I'm not sure. I just bought the bike used and I didn't think to inquire about any modifications. There are several upgrades and I wouldn't be surprised to find stage 1s but I'm not sure how to identify whether or not they are indeed upgrades or not. The current exhausts have adjustable clamps holding them which I don't believe are stock so I'm leaning toward upgrades. Hope that's helpful.
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On my stock vision if I keep it below 65mph I get 44 mpg. If I go over 70mph I drop down to 40mpg. Running at 80 mph I get 38mpg.
When you check you mileage don't go by what the bike says. Get out your phone and do it the old fashion way gallons into miles.

Do Lloydz timing wheel you love it and its something you can do your self

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Mine gets much better milage when I use the built in MPG readout than when I do the math. Gas prices are high is money is short, so I'll stick with readout. I can't afford the lower MPG.
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Just a thought but I'm trying to find out if I can do something to help my fuel economy. My 2012 CCT is getting about 33mpg, to my mind a bit on the low side. I expected somewhere closer to 40mpg. My normal commute is 35 miles one way with 2/3 of it at 75-80 mph on a turnpike. I've read that the CCTs take a big dive above 75, is that common? While it's not imperative for the mileage to be higher, I don't want my HD buddies to out do me on trips. Thanks all.
Well my 2012 CCT has almost 34K on her now and I have gotten as little as 22MPG out west in heavy wind and over 50MPG tooling around the back roads.

But interstate riding like you say at 75mph is about 35 to 38. Drop to 65 and I'll get mid 40's.

The right hand has a lot to do with it too. Keep the rpms down and its gets good mileage. Seems over 2500 rpms is where it starts to drop fast.

Have you checked your spark plugs? They gapped right? You were due for plugs at 15K according to the manual.

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I'll be pulling the plugs this weekend when I check on the air filter and install the new lights. I've just purchased the PIAA 15211 H11 Style Xtreme White bulbs. I like the high beam on the CCT but the low leaves a lot to be desired so I'm giving these a try and see if they help. As for the plugs, the dealership I purchased the bike from said they performed a complete service on the bike when they took it in (do I have faith that happened? Not a lot) but I need to check on things.

Johnny, I've not done a lot of reading on the Lloydz timing wheels (I will do some research though), what kind of benefit could I expect from including these in my upgrades?

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my advice is get a timing wheel and lloydz filter, at 65-70 i get between 45-47 above 70 and yes it starts to drop, i would be the harley guys do also.


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