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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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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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flat land here in south Louisiana. on riding trips i generally get 45 to 50mpg. cruising around 60mph and regularly hit interstate speeds up to 80 depending how many wild hairs I have that day. with mods cobra fi2000r and Bub Hugger exhaust. the longest trip I took on 1 tank was 260 miles and the light was starting to flicker. on that trip speed was mostly 60mph and one stretch of 70 miles on the interstate at 70 to 80mph. at that time bike was completely stock with the speedo in stock configuration so not sure what the actual millage was.
 

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UPDATE:

OK, so I filled up again today and this time it checked out at 48 MPG. About a week ago, I got only 41 MPG on that tank of gas.

So I suppose that it does vary depending on riding conditions. As someone said, it's probably best to check at least 3 tanks full and take an average.

Based on this last tank of gas, I'd guess that if I were travelling only on highways with little or no stop-and-go riding, I could probably get 50 MPG or better.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention this.
 

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When I was commuting up in PA on a relatively flat 16 mile (one-way) trip to work I would get 48-52 mpg if I kept my speed at or below 55 mph (according to a GPS). When I opened it up to 65mph or more it would drop to around 45mpg on average.

This last year I have been living in Northern VA and have a 50 mile commute (one way) with speeds up to 80mph. I have been averaging about 42-45 mpg. I added a Batwing fairing, replacing the Classic LT's stock windshield, and my milage has increased. I am now getting around 45-48 mpg on the same commute. I think I could break 50mpg if I slowed down a bit, but that's not gonna happen with these NOVA drivers. They seem to believe that 55 = 70 and 65 = 80 mph.
 

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I added a Batwing fairing, replacing the Classic LT's stock windshield, and my milage has increased. I am now getting around 45-48 mpg on the same commute. I think I could break 50mpg if I slowed down a bit, but that's not gonna happen with these NOVA drivers. They seem to believe that 55 = 70 and 65 = 80 mph.
So the batwing cuts thru the wind better ? Did you find the batwing was better then the stock LT shield in blocking wind and buffeting
 

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So the batwing cuts thru the wind better ? Did you find the batwing was better then the stock LT shield in blocking wind and buffeting
Hopefully Dranzaz will respond shortly, but I'll add my 2 cents for what it's worth.

I have a Harley with a batwing fairing. My 900 Classic LT has the stock windshield plus the lowers which I added recently. Based on my experience comparing these two bikes (plus other bikes I've owned with fairings and/or windshields), there is no question that the fairing does a better job of blocking the wind and reducing buffeting.

I wish my 900 LT Classic had a fairing, but I don't want to go to the trouble and expense of installing one. Perhaps if it were my only bike, I would do so.
 

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So the batwing cuts thru the wind better ? Did you find the batwing was better then the stock LT shield in blocking wind and buffeting
Yes, the fairing cuts throught the wind better. I have the 5" shield installed on the BW so I get a fair amount of air on the upper part of my helmet now. It has cut down on the buffeting and the vents on my full face actually let air into the helmet now. However I mostly ride with a 1/2 helmet but the effect is the same, buffeting is reduced. I will be installing a 10" shield on the BW for the winter months so some buffeting may return.

I also had installed a set of lowers as well. This also helped a good bit. However, since it is summer, I have removed the lowers to help with the air flow to my body as the temps are climbing. They will get reinstalled when winter sets in. So they may reduce counteract any increase in buffeting fromthe larger BW shield I mentioned earlier.

This is my first BW so it's a learning curve. Others may have had different experiences.
 

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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, we use high test without etheyenol as much as poss.
I'm jealous Oldtimer, It's near a half days ride to find a station that has Ethanol free Guzzoline in my parts. The best I ever got on my 900 was 56 mpg's and that was ridin' real gentle. Usually when I'm ridin' like my normal crazy self I get 51 mpgs on average and that goes up a bit on cool days.
 
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