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post #1 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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No hard box, better mileage

So, for my last ride [900km round trip], I decided just to clip on my soft bags and leave the top box at home, and my gas mileage jumped to way above my average, almost to a PB level. Will think twice what and how I pack in future, if I have the choice.
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 12:14 PM
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That 5.2 gallon must've kicked in

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Yeah, 5.2gal @ 44mpg would get me....what.....hmm....a long way....

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Who cares about fuel mileage when they ride?
Maybe on an Ironbutt ride...
What's next, short shifting and tiny throttle inputs?

I can dig you sharing about your fuel savings, but I would never change my luggage options to save fuel. Imagine the fuel savings of riding a moped. Not gonna happen.

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Good mileage make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not essential but very nice.

There's an ADVrider thread that explains how moving the top box from hanging off the back, to sitting where the passenger would be makes a world of difference. If it matters to anyone.

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Clearly the mileage is a reflection of air flow and increased efficiency which means that you would also be faster... I wouldn't think anyone could find fault with that...

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Who cares about fuel mileage when they ride?
Hmm, paradigm wars - I care about it, I'm happy to record it and try for max efficiency, it's an interesting part of distance riding...the better mileage was an interesting [for me, not you] outcome of my decision to leave the box off.

You don't care? Don't even wanna know? Fine. Have a good day, being interested in whatever it is that spins your wheels.

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cool, we all agree to disagree, yaaaaay!!!

the guy was just sharing, sheesh, shit the bed, lets be civil, ok



lets talk about that whopping can, whoa, is that a car muffler?





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cool, we all agree to disagree
Yes, that was my point.


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lets be civil
Couldn't agree more.

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shit the bed,
Which part of this is civil?

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the guy was just sharing
Yes, he was sharing his disdain for those who concern themselves with gas mileage - it made me wonder what his intention was in posting, hence my comment about different points of view.

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lets talk about that whopping can, whoa, is that a car muffler?
Thanks for your comment; I get your message.

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I posted a message, then deleted it. I'll just leave it at this.


I don't care how much fuel I burn. Tire wear on the other hand is another story.

We ride for different reasons. I'm cool with that.

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A motorcycle forum can be a scary place during the winter.

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...and even there we might differ.

But we're good with that, right?

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...and even there we might differ.

But we're good with that, right?

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Yeah, but he's on the chair-lifts, isn't he?

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And even though I care about tire wear, I still ride the same. I just bitch about it..




Here's a blowout from last year where the tire bead broke loose at a hundo with the Wife on the back. Major azz pucker moment. Makes a guy think less about pesky fuel mileage, and more about making it back home.

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A motorcycle forum can be a scary place during the winter.
+1, we are all like caged rats in the winter! The very few hit n miss days we might be able to ride just aren't enough to satisfy the animal inside....

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Anyone have an update or second opinion? I'm thinking of doing a top box but mileage does matter to me.

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I'm still running without the box, as much as possible, especially on the open road. My gas mileages remain consistently in the lower part of the range I have been able to achieve in the past.

I don't know what you can see as a guest on fuelly.com, but you might be able to see my mileages there - my user name is Kiwiboy.

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Who cares about fuel mileage when they ride?
Maybe on an Ironbutt ride...
What's next, short shifting and tiny throttle inputs?

I can dig you sharing about your fuel savings, but I would never change my luggage options to save fuel. Imagine the fuel savings of riding a moped. Not gonna happen.
When you do actual long ride fuel usage is an issue. More so on a bike like mine with a 120 mile range.

For long rides i may turn my bag around.

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There are so many variables, altitude, temperature, tire pressure, wind direction and speed. On two Iron Butt rides, all things being equal top box and all, I would stop for gas when the fuel light came on. When I rode east with the wind that interval was every 160 -165 miles. When I rode west against the wind the fuel light reared its ugly head at 135 - 145 miles.

That top box could certainly make a difference though. Mine is lower with a flat top and I have no idea if any of that makes any difference but the question I would ask myself would be is whatever I'm carrying in the top case worth a few mpg. My answer would be yes.
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