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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a proud owner of a 06 Vegas with around 4500 miles, which I picked up about a month ago and its my first motorcycle. I'm located in San Diego and I ride back and forth to work everyday. Since I've had the bike I've averaged around 33 mpg. Light comes on about 120 miles give or take and sometimes turns off and then comes back on a few miles down the road. Just wondering if anyone can give me some insight on why my gas mileage seems to be so much worse than everyone elses on this forum. I figured it might have to due with the fact that I'm riding around in low gears about half the time due to traffic and what not, however I'm not sure if that would cause such a drastic decrease. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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I consistently get 42 mpg US however my riding it typically all highway with less than 5% in city traffic. In-town traffic is a mixture of idling, high revs while gearing up, on the brakes, blipping for the ego and a few other inefficient processes. I can't answer as to how much an effect the in-town riding has on mpg because we'd each be different but perhaps you can find out yourself. Take a long ride someplace on some open roads that will take a couple of tanks and work it out. If you're in the low to mid 40's you've nothing to worry about. Before you go, check your plugs. All that in-town low rpm with California fuel may gum them up a bit. And stay away from the corn if you can.

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I have an 11 XC. On the highway, I usually fill up at around 200 miles and the gas light has not come on. When I'm riding around the city, the gas light turns on closer to 150 miles (I could be a lot off because I am more used to kilometres as I am from Canada, but…)

These are some big engines, and the torque is fun as heck, but it is murder on the milage.

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I'm a proud owner of a 06 Vegas with around 4500 miles, which I picked up about a month ago and its my first motorcycle. I'm located in San Diego and I ride back and forth to work everyday. Since I've had the bike I've averaged around 33 mpg. Light comes on about 120 miles give or take and sometimes turns off and then comes back on a few miles down the road. Just wondering if anyone can give me some insight on why my gas mileage seems to be so much worse than everyone elses on this forum. I figured it might have to due with the fact that I'm riding around in low gears about half the time due to traffic and what not, however I'm not sure if that would cause such a drastic decrease. Any help is greatly appreciated!
You did not say if was stock or not. A stock bike should get almost 50 miles per gallon at 55 MPH. You have the 100 C.I. motor with the 6 speed so your mileage should be higher. Have the pipes be changed? Did they put a fuel controller on it? Did they unplug the O2 sensors? If it is not stock the mileage will be different. Also you only have a 4.5 gallon tank.
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Mine did that when the throttle position sensor was out of adjustment.

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Some times the right hand effects MPG's, I can go about 50 miles more on a tank' Than my son does when he uses my bike's...

Must be the type of gas he use's?....

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Having worked in the petroleum industry for a number of years I have one word for you: California

Couple California fuel with low speed, frequent shifts and stop and go traffic and I think you have your answer. The fuels used in California (especially the summer blend fuels) are not what most of us that live in the USA use. The additives and formula's required to pass environmental standards have a dramatic effect on the amount of energy produced by the fuel you are using. I'd recommend following the suggestions of the previous posts, especially 53canuck and see if you get any difference but I think a lot of the problem is probably the fuel that you're forced to use.

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Did they unplug the O2 sensors?
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clean your throttle bodys. go to auto store gets some carb cleaner

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Hey everyone! I appreciate all the replys! I bought her with victory performance drag pipes installed and I also believe he said he had a remap done. I wasn't sure whether the throttle bodies needed to be cleaned with only 4500 miles but I definitely plan on checking that out and the spark plugs as well! I think riding in the constant traffic and 25-35 mph speed limits in Coronado are pretty detrimental especially since by the time I hit the highway on the way home I'm ready to get up and go. Thanks again you guys for all the help!
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