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I just had the 500 mile service completed on my Cross Roads, no problems, everything was OK. Just wondering what others are getting for gas mileage. I have the stage 1 exhaust kit, and the dealer did the fuel remapping, and I got 30 mpg, then 32 mpg, and finally 33 mpg on my first three fill ups.
 

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Just filled up after a 150 mile trip, mostly highway, and I'm now getting 40 MPG.....
 

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I have been up in the 45 to 49 range over the last 1100 miles. (The only 1100 miles on my bike :D).

I must drive like a grandpa I guess. And at only 36 OUCH!!!!:ltr:
 

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I just had the 500 mile service completed on my Cross Roads, no problems, everything was OK. Just wondering what others are getting for gas mileage. I have the stage 1 exhaust kit, and the dealer did the fuel remapping, and I got 30 mpg, then 32 mpg, and finally 33 mpg on my first three fill ups.
man you must be twisting...and i thought i was too...but i seem to be getting i the high 40s..also mapped....(2010Xcountry)
 

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We just got back from a 1000 mile ride. Hot, hot, hot. Hills, towns, backroads. My XC averaged 48.8 over the course of the trip. LOVE my new bike:
 

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I have 4500 miles on my XC. It has been getting 45 mpg consistently.
At 3800 miles I had my dealer install the stage 1 kit including the new air cleaner and flashing the computer. On the first tank after the stage 1 install I got around 42 mpg on my last tank it got 38 mpg. I hope that I either didn't fill it to the top before the last tank,or something, because the slight power increase of the stage 1 is not worth the loss of 7 mpg. I will keep an eye on it and if it continues, I will sell the stage one kit.:mad:
 

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Buying Cold Gas vs Warm Gas

You all probably know this, but I'll state it anyways, just in case. There will be a substantial difference in mpg measured according to the temperature of the gasoline at the time you fill up. By the way, before anybody rips my head off, by substantial I mean somewhere around 5mpg variance. The bigger the difference in temperature between morning and afternoon in the area you live, the bigger the difference in gas mileage. If you live in the desert, the difference in temperature between early morning and late afternoon is greatest.

Main Statement
Expect better mpg if you filled up in the early morning hours, in cold temperature, than if you filled up in the late afternoon or early evening, when the fuel at the gas station is somewhat warmer.

The Reason?
Fuel pumps have a strict volumetric measurement by which you get charged on your purchase. Volume of gasoline will change (smaller at cold temperature, larger at high temperature). So the same weight of fuel will have a different volume - however, when your bike (or car for that matter) burns that fuel, it comes down to the weight of it - or specifically, to the number of molecules available to burn.

In Conclusion
Buy your gas when it's cold, and avoid filling up your tank with hot gasoline. If you're a skeptic, try it out. Measure your MPG and keep track of outside temperature when your tank was filled up. This might help clarify part of why someone's getting better mpg than someone else. Of course, a bunch of other factors come in play, like weight of rider and passenger, the nature of the roads you're conquering, how close you are to old ladies or speed demons when it comes to twisting that throttle, and more.

Ride safe, and try cold gasoline if you haven't yet! :)
 

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Something else to consider. The cross roads has a windshield that has more drag than the cross country which actually has a windscreen.
When on my trip last month I ran into a lot of rain and raised my windscreen as far up as it would go on my Goldwing. Normally I keep it all the way down. Several inches difference. I dropped 5 mpg but was dry and comfortable.

My first tank on my cc was 48.9 and the second was 54.2 mpg.
I am a very conservative rider. I rarely play but do sometimes.
There are a lot of factors involved in mpg. :I agree: with filling up in the morning and yes it does make a difference.
Riding style, E10 fuel or pure fuel with no E10, area, mountains, etc...
I rarely get above 2,500 rpm's on any of my bikes unless on the interstate or divided highway
I use pure fuel, no E10 unless there is no choice. We have Pure, Texaco, Exxon that does not contain E10 in my area. Also if the temps drop below 55 degrees my mpg drops

just a thought
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Just to add; I was getting around 35 up to the time I put 900 miles on the clock on my JP. Then I started getting around 40 mpg. I think some of it was simply not having as much fun with the throttle and also the engine getting broke in.

The JP does have the stage 2 cams and is supposed to be a hot rod rather than a touring bike like the CC and CR though.
 

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This mpg stuff is a concern of mine. I know that riding/driving a bike is very subjective, so mpgs can be a lot different. What gets me is there are folks trying to get good (high) mpgs and do not get it. I am concerned about a XC bike that can vary from low 30's to high 40's from so many different riders.

Is this an assembly quality control issue by Victory? I don't know. I like the XC. I want the XC. I worry about mpg-variance, quirky or non-existent dealers, and wierd problems you hear about the '11-trans.

I would think hard before giving up my current ride to get some of these problems. (My current ride is med to high 50's.) I would not jump to the HD camp, but I wouldn't join Vic either. I'd stagnate with my $20K going unspent.

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eta moya dva rubles
 

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White Bear: I haven't heard of any problems with the new trans. Can you elaborate on that a bit? Thanks.

Edit: Never mind. I found the info you're talking about on another forum and it looks like it's mostly a dealer prep issue and not an issue with the quality or manufacture of the bike.

I had a bit of noise from the back end of my JP when I got it. It just needed a small bit of adjustment on the belt. My guess is they set them tight expecting them to loosen up into the correct tension. In this case it might have been set a hair too tight.

I will be test riding the 2011 XC next month. I'll be very careful to listen to the trans and other possible issues.

Also; what kind of bike do you ride that gets in the high 50's mpg?
 

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This mpg stuff is a concern of mine. I know that riding/driving a bike is very subjective, so mpgs can be a lot different. What gets me is there are folks trying to get good (high) mpgs and do not get it. I am concerned about a XC bike that can vary from low 30's to high 40's from so many different riders.

Is this an assembly quality control issue by Victory? I don't know. I like the XC. I want the XC. I worry about mpg-variance, quirky or non-existent dealers, and wierd problems you hear about the '11-trans.

I would think hard before giving up my current ride to get some of these problems. (My current ride is med to high 50's.) I would not jump to the HD camp, but I wouldn't join Vic either. I'd stagnate with my $20K going unspent.



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I think riding style has a lot to do with it.
 

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For BBob:
On another forum:

Trans problems:
http://thevog.net/forums/display_topic/id_5944/
http://thevog.net/forums/display_topic/id_5859/
Really, we only hear about problems with a "few" bikes - not the others that seem to be fine. In Vic parlance, a few is a lot of bikes IMHO. A "few" bikes in HD parlance is a drop in the bucket number-wise. One guy is getting rid of his XC because neither the dealer nor Polaris has come up with any explaination/fix for the noises he has. Get my drift?

Crossroads: I don't buy into the different weight, riding style as much as may be implied. I do not weigh 350, nor 150. I am in the just under 200 weight (road hugging weight I should remind you!) class. Wind resistance will be a semi-constant, as will wrist activity. In theory, the fairing is supposed to help wind management, not goof it up. Travel speed will alter expectations, also. Another dude I know has a heavy 1600 (non-Vic) and gets in the low 40's - I ride the same way, but a bit slower, and get the same - or close. There is not a 10-15mpg difference. Some new owners/XC folks have reported up to a 20 mpg difference. Sounds fishy to me.

For all: One thing I have done is scribe a mark on the filler tank roundy-thing-whatever and always fill the bike up to the same visual perceived level. I can't think that the temp would affect 3-4 gallons that much, but I could be wrong. Where is a physicist or chemist when you need one! Sheesh! Idaho is stuck with these nuclear atomic folks who haven't a clue about the real world or Walmart.

A very interesting observation is that with a windshield or fairing you will hear more of the "mechanical noise associated with about 400 metal parts moving" 3 inches under your butt. It is certainly a thought to consider.

eta moya dva rubles
 

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WB: That's the same guy with the same story on the VMC forum. He just goes by a different name. It's a bit suspect because he does not name the dealer. Even if his story is true; he's just one. He states that with the windshield he hears more noise. Well duh! Everyone does. I think he's got a bad case of buyers remorse and just wants a reason to get out of it. Or maybe he just wants to bad mouth Victory.

I did a lot of research on Vic's before I bought one and I have no regrets at all. They are a solid machine. The only real problem I have is keeping the speed under the sound barrier. :D
 

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There is not a 10-15mpg difference. Some new owners/XC folks have reported up to a 20 mpg difference. Sounds fishy to me.
Let's break it down and see what is reasonable, for theoretical discussion's sake.
Buying Cold/Warm Gas: +/- 5mpg (I get as much as 15mpg difference on my 200cc scoot, that has a 2.4gal tank, and goes from 52mpg to 67mpg, to work and back, fuel temperature being the only variable).
Weight of rider: +/- 2mpg
Riding Conditions: +/- 3mpg
Throttle Gentleness: +/- 3mpg

Which of these do you find unrealistic, and by how much?

One extreme rider (add all pluses) would get 13mpg more than another extreme rider (add all minuses). Not to mention we're not even considering what gasoline goes in, if the bike's broken in or not, the speed the miles are traveled at, the accuracy of each rider's recording method, the climate the bike's ridden in, etc.
 
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