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Fuel milage? Want to make sure I'm running ok

So I would like to start by saying that I did not get this bike for saving gas however I just want to make sure I am running properly. I look online and see average mpg is around 36mpg. I have never done better than 31mpg. Seems I am quite low and I just want it to be running proper so I don't do any damage. It does have a power comander 3 fuel processor. Cobra 2 in to 1 exaust. I belive it is a thunder intake. I don't hear any pinging or unusual sounds that I can tell so far. Any input would be great thanks for the help in advance.

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i drink pretty heavy in town. i think i get about 140ish miles per tank if i risk running it that low. i start blinking at 120ish so in town i get 25-30 mpg. but on the highway it shines. ive got close to 50 mpg i ran the bike dry once to see what my max range was before i died and i hit 245miles that was with 2-3 days of in town riding on top of the highway time. i have a Barron big air intake V&h power shots and the bully FMS as my main mods to the bike. if those are your in town numbers id say your running on the fair side the highway miles tell a better story.
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a lot of my issue is i have the FMS tuned for heavy dumps on throttle rolls and fuel sipping while cruising . so around tower its always sucking gas with a lot of power since its a lot of stop and go. were as on the highway it switches to a sipping mode and i save a lot. you should be able to tweek your PC to a fuel sipper mode if gas mileage becomes a issue.
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Mine is a mix but most highway at about 65 mph. I have not been over 31mpg I have put about 6,000 mils on it since I baught it middle of late years riding season. Only put a few tanks m of gas through so far this season.

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This is the first bike I owend having a tuner it is nice to have a baseline to guage weather or not your having problems I just want to make sure I'm at a decent baseline. I had the fuel light go on at 145 miles. And I am sure mine is set about b like yours the power is unreal. Love this bike.

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Anytime you modify air intake and exhaust you will run more fuel, just how it goes. The up side is having miss power on tap. I haven't measured in a while, but I've kept the stock air box on mine. The stock exhaust was just too much weight and whatever loss I might have had to mpg it was made up in weight reduction.

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Yes and i am fully aware of that. I am not expecting it to be at any spacific milage i am just making sure it is not running to rich where i may do damage. Like i say just a baseline making sure evwrything is good. I also knw much of it my fault because the throttle twist is oh so good.

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2009. Odometer is off so was speedometer. Used a device "speedohealer" Fixed the MPH. Bottom line is miles come up short. That makes it hard to get a correct idea of the mileage you are getting. I know it is a problem for other 2000's. Not sure how wide spread. Before I realized it was off was getting 32 ish. Now city 36-38. Highway low to mid 40's. 42-45 MPG. Peace
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