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    Another thing that makes a difference, is the speed you're traveling at. I rode up to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula yesterday. Part of the trip was spent riding at about 70 mph. I have two large 37L Touratech TRAX panniers sticking out that I know are like doors in the wind. Still, I managed to get 54 mpg (US).

    I could take off the panniers, but they make the bike useful for more than joy rides and give me a secure place for my gear. And I could've slowed down, but the tradeoff was worth it to me.

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    I can't believe we're now on to two pages about fuel consumption about a bike that regularly returns more than 55 UK mpg. Surely motorcycling is about freedom, excitement and pleasure, if you're really hung about about how many miles to the gallon you're getting then IMO you're really not getting the point!

    Every time I fill up my bikes, and it is fairly often! I never begrudge handing over the money, I enjoy it that much it really doesn't matter.

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    Must agree Carlos, my consumption isn't best but I'm having lots of fun !!!

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    Precisely. On a cost-per-mile basis, over 6000 miles, I spend more on TIRES than I spend on gas, oil, filters and insurance combined. On this bike, the cost of gas (in the U.S.) is relatively insignificant.


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    Fuel is far less expensive than whisky. I never take note of my whisky consumption (although my wife does) and, accordingly, it would be senseless to worry about my fuel consumption. Having said that, the frugal F series does allow me to indulge my other hobby quite satisfactorily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    Another thing that makes a difference, is the speed you're traveling at. I rode up to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula yesterday. Part of the trip was spent riding at about 70 mph. I have two large 37L Touratech TRAX panniers sticking out that I know are like doors in the wind. Still, I managed to get 54 mpg (US).

    I could take off the panniers, but they make the bike useful for more than joy rides and give me a secure place for my gear. And I could've slowed down, but the tradeoff was worth it to me.

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    Agreed. I did a 240 mile ride on Sunday with most of that trip in the 65 - 75 mph range. I got a very respectable 58 mpg with my big VStream windscreen and OEM panniers pushing air. The trip back home was fairly breezy so I had some extra wind pushing me around. Absolutely no complaints with the consumption. Come to think of it, I don't have any complaints from that ride or the bike at all. YMMV.
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    No complaints from me either on the consumption, just sharing my results and thoughts.

    Hopefully we won't push on to a page 3 for this thread; that would really get some blood boiling I think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    ...I could've slowed down, but the tradeoff was worth it to me.
    I had a rider on a Ducati following me for much of the trip. He made the comment when we stopped at Hurricane Ridge that he was surprised at how fast the GT could go when I moved out to pass someone.

    It's a great combination of a fast responsive bike ...that is frugal on gas. Love it!

    Now...did that get us to page 3????

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    My other bike is a 2002 FZ1 that demands flogging. Conservative riding up to 4500rpms is punished with around 40mpg. If I ride her between 6500-8000rpms, she rewards me with 44mpg. I managed 50mpg once over 150mi. I won't tell you how long that stretch took.

    I am very happy with 50+ mpg on average. I also found my computer is a little off, it equated 50mpg on a recent 164mi stretch and I fueled up with 2.9gals.
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    I bought a used GT with only 860 miles on it last November. On the 340 mile ride home, it averaged in the mid 50s for gas mileage, cruising at 75 mph on the freeway. I checked the computer against the manual method and it was close...the computer being slightly more optimistic.

    I now have about 2300 miles on the bike, mostly riding country back-roads between 40-70 mph, not really hot-doggin' it. The computer shows a pretty constant 57 mpg over the 2300 miles, which seems to be "normal" for this bike. However, at what mileage is the engine considered "broken in" and getting the best gas mileage? No, I don't ride "to get the best mileage." I do WOT when I feel the NEED.

    And this may all go out the window if I add a Dobeck EJK and aftermarket muffler!
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    It is my observation from owing BMW motorcycles for over 30 years that they typically take about 10,000 miles to fully break-in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by columbo View Post
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    There's snow on the ground. What did you expect? It's this or an oil thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by columbo View Post
    ...The computer shows a pretty constant 57 mpg over the 2300 miles, which seems to be "normal" for this bike. However, at what mileage is the engine considered "broken in" and getting the best gas mileage? No, I don't ride "to get the best mileage." I do WOT when I feel the NEED. ...
    Your right wrist has more to do with MPG than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    There's snow on the ground. What did you expect? It's this or an oil thread.



    Your right wrist has more to do with MPG than anything else.

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    I gave up worrying about MPG. The local traffic conditions just kill any effort at getting a nice MPG figure. There's so much time spent at traffic lights, and my trips are so short, that I could sit there stressing out on maximizing my mpg. So I just enjoy the bike and accept the fact that no matter what I do, I'll have bad mpg till I get out on the open road.

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    50 + mpg is great. I average 53 mpg on my 2013 GT.

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    Great thing about the bike is if I run low on gas can slow down and really stretch the gas mileage. My last three bikes all got about the same interstate mileage, 42 MPG running the effective speed limit of 79. One was a CBR600RR, the other a Ninja ZX6R 636, BMW is more efficient but has to push the MadStead windscreen and side cases thru the air. Without the side cases it does better but I usually put them on for day trips so I'll have somewhere to stow my gear when stopping for lunch. I have put in like 4.02 gallons and that was when I (IMO) just barely made it to the gas station.

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    Use UK gallons - you'll get better consumption......

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    The high miles per gallon the F800GT is capable of is only to offset the gut-wrenching costs of service and repairs at the BMW dealers ...

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    I was fortunate to get work at a used car lot and a service station when I was in high school and college. I didn't get paid much, but what I learned was enough to allow me to do much of my own maintenance. If something major happens, I'm at the mercy of the dealership. But for simple things like oil changes, and even brake pad changes, I can handle that and save a lot of $$$.

    I've always had my tires changed at the dealership. It was hard to justify doing myself at $30 a wheel that included everything to include taking the wheel off the bike. But at $76 a wheel, I decided to buy my own tools. That isn't that much money, but the low cost kept me coming back to the dealership.

    The maintenance cost at a dealership is high, no matter which brand you own. The labor cost is the same at my local BMW dealer, for all the brands he sells...Yamaha, Kawasaki and KLM.

    FWIW, at 35,000 miles on my GT, all I've done is to change the oil, blow out the dust in my air filter, change the rear brake pads and change tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    FWIW, at 35,000 miles on my GT, all I've done is to change the oil, blow out the dust in my air filter, change the rear brake pads and change tires.

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    REAR brake pads? Doing a lot of trail braking into the corners, Chris?

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    Trail braking and using the rear brake for normal stopping. Bad habit. Not only is the rear brake far less effective, but you have to use it with more force than the front brake to get the same amount of stopping power. All that contributes to really fast brake pad wear.

    On the bright side, I found that the rear brake pads are a piece of cake to change.

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    There seems to be some variance between individual bikes too: I have a 2007 bike which I've had for 7 years, now with 88k on it and never got less than 72mpg average on a tank, and managed a best of 80 (I was trying hard for that). But I've recently picked up a 2010 model (7k on the clock) and am averaging 67-8mpg. Same commute; same riding style etc., even the same after market end-can as I switched it over from the old bike.

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    My lowest MPG has been 62 miles but average is normally around 67 mpg most was 72 mpg , that is normally with pillion so not sure if that affects MPG , the only thing i find strange is the warning light has come on at 160 miles and also 145 miles but final consumption is still about the same so tend to ignore it and go with my calculations which is about 200 to 215 miles to the tank. the bike is 2018 model.

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