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Got 41 MPG on my 2009 900 LT Classic

I finally got around to checking the mileage that my bike gets. I bought the bike used a few months ago and it's stock except for the mufflers being debaffled.

I do a variety of riding, but most of my miles are on two lane 55 mph roads. I set the trip odometer the last time I filled up. I didn't really know how many miles I could get to the tankful. The gas gauge was very close to the Empty mark, but the Fuel Light had not come on. When the odometer got to 150 miles, I started looking for a gas station.

As it turns out, I filled up when the trip odometer read 156 miles. It took 3.8 gallons of regular gas to fill it up. So it looks like my bike should be good for about 200 miles per tankful. Good information to know if you're going on a trip.

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Hey Chas!

I comfortably go 200 miles between fillups. I commute with my bike as well (I haven't even STARTED my car in about 3 weeks, as a matter of fact someone asked me the other day if my car broke down!). So I don't really feel like getting gas every other day, so I get gas around 200 'or so' miles. And there's still about a gallon left when I do that! I average 48~52ish mpg most of the time. It goes down a bit on the interstate. Sometimes it's really high, if conditions are right I suppose. I rarely check my mpg but, I do get curious sometimes and I always reset my trip odometer (I do the same in my cars too, just a habit I guess! Sure comes in handy when a fuel gauge craps out!). So once in a while I'll do the math.

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You can't really tell your mpgs from one fill up. I have been keeping a record of all of my mileage and gas purchases since 1970. (um, different vehicles over the years.) Over a couple of fill ups you get a real idea of your fuel economy. 41 mpg for the kind of riding you describe sounds low. I get that or better in town with my short commutes and never getting into 5th. I have gotten 50 out on the road, however, that is a one tank figure and not totally reliable.

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You can't really tell your mpgs from one fill up. I have been keeping a record of all of my mileage and gas purchases since 1970. (um, different vehicles over the years.) Over a couple of fill ups you get a real idea of your fuel economy. 41 mpg for the kind of riding you describe sounds low. I get that or better in town with my short commutes and never getting into 5th. I have gotten 50 out on the road, however, that is a one tank figure and not totally reliable.
Dunno about you but mine seems to do best at 50~60. Above 60 or below 50 the MPG suffers. She's really 'dialed in' and 'at home' on the 55mph state highways.

Of course the 900 will do the interstate comfortably, it's just gonna drink a little extra gas!

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Dunno about you but mine seems to do best at 50~60. Above 60 or below 50 the MPG suffers. She's really 'dialed in' and 'at home' on the 55mph state highways.

Of course the 900 will do the interstate comfortably, it's just gonna drink a little extra gas!
Mine purrs along at that 55 to 60 range. However, most of the time I am going 65 mph, per the speedometer, on the highways and freeways. The bike feels pretty good at that speed too. I have had it higher and it feels fine, but I feel better overall at the lower speeds. I have never had a chance to do extended running at below 50. What gear do you run in at 45 to 50 mph?

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Mine purrs along at that 55 to 60 range. However, most of the time I am going 65 mph, per the speedometer, on the highways and freeways. The bike feels pretty good at that speed too. I have had it higher and it feels fine, but I feel better overall at the lower speeds. I have never had a chance to do extended running at below 50. What gear do you run in at 45 to 50 mph?
Well, where I live, 45 to 50 is usually just on the way to 55 or 60. Not a lot of 45mph roads out here, mostly 55 on up. So 4th when I'm accelerating, 5th when I hit 50-55.

There is one spot where the local state highway drops down to 45 for a bit while it goes through a 'town' (one gas station and a house), I stay in 5th for that. You can cruise 45-50 in 5th but if you hit any steep hills you need to drop it down into 4th. 4th is probably the ideal gear at that speed, honestly, as the 900 doesn't like to be low in the rev range.

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It generally seems to me if you can accelerate comfortable you are in the right gear. But I have very little experience with short stroke engines like the 900. My ride from home to office is fairly level, but has gentle grades, and never gets over 45 mph. I feel good about 5th on the downhill side of that gentle grade, but less certain going up.

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I usually get 48-53 mpg on a trip. The best mpg is up to 65 and then it drops. I get the best mpg on the BRP I have gotten in the upper 50's but that is about 40 mph avg. I get a little less on side roads now that I have installed the od pulley's which neccessitates lower gears.
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Howdy Folks, I still have my 08 9 Lt. and I have checked many tanks for mpg, But first...put on Roadhouse pipes, PC III, had Dynoed. I live in Tn. and we ride a lot of mtn. roads and some interstate and I avg. 56 to 58 mpg and have hit 61to 62 a few times....Ride Safe
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[QUOTE=oldtimer 1953;1095529]Howdy Folks, I still have my 08 9 Lt. and I have checked many tanks for mpg, But first...put on Roadhouse pipes, PC III, had Dynoed. I live in Tn. and we ride a lot of mtn. roads and some interstate and I avg. 56 to 58 mpg and have hit 61to 62 a few times....Ride Safe, we use high test without etheyenol as much as poss.
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