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Motorcycle Gas Mileage [Aug. 16th, 2007|04:09 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I had a meeting down the peninsula today, so I took my motorcycle, not having done 101 on it for any notable distance before.

On the way back I had to get gas, so I did an experiment: noted mileage, filled gas to the brim, then did the same once I was back in the city, 30 miles and 0.536 gallons later... so just under 60 mpg.

If I did that ride daily, I guess I'd have to fill up once or twice a week, since I only have a 4 gallon tank (but "you need gas!" light turns on at 1 gallon remaining, which is only gauge). And I guess it'd then cost $3.50 - $4.00 per day in gas, round trip.

But the wind, man... holy shit. Throwing me all over the place.

From: djwatson
2007-08-16 11:25 pm (UTC)
wind? bigger windscreen ;) Or different bike. and earplugs.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-08-16 11:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a living-near-the-ocean thing ... ? I'm not talking about wind from normal riding... I'm talking about side winds.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2007-08-17 01:00 am (UTC)
On a motorcycle your trip odometer is your fuel gauge. I get about 140-150 miles out of my bike before I refuel which is just about 4 gallons (I have a 5+ gallon tank)
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[User Picture]From: foobarbazbax
2007-08-17 01:20 am (UTC)
I'm buying a motorcycle for getting around SF. Did you take this class: http://www.motorcycleschool.com/sanfrancisco/index.html

While I'm doing the commute from the city to south bay, most big companies have a shuttle, which have wifi on them (a bunch of wireless cards in a junction box). That's free, less dangerous, and you can get some work done in the 1.25 hour commute.

The motorcycle will be for getting around the city and backup for when I miss the shuttle.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-08-17 01:27 am (UTC)
I did.

And yeah, I likewise don't think I'd like to do that commute daily on a motorcycle. A shuttle with wifi would be nice.
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[User Picture]From: jahiel
2007-08-17 05:54 pm (UTC)
I hope you've got a good full suit of body armor! I used to ride, and a minor wipe-out (oil slick in a parking lot) drove my keys into my thigh. Ouch. I'd hate to think of what would happen at freeway speeds.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2007-08-17 10:07 pm (UTC)


That's about what my car gets :)
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[User Picture]From: vespa59
2007-08-18 02:40 am (UTC)
You'll get a more accurate read on your mileage if you do at least a hundred miles and you throw in some city driving. When I was working down there, I'd do two round trips door to door, filling up as close to home as I could. Your mileage in the city will suck in comparison. 60 seems about right, though... My V-Strom gets around 45, but it's much heavier and I ride like a douchebag.

As for the wind, a proper screen will help a bit, even with sidewinds, as you can crouch in to a little pocket. Beyond that, it'll just take some getting used to. Experiment with using your knees to grip harder or less, try different positions. Crouching will help a bit, but gets tiring. Whatever you do, don't pop over to 280 if it's bad on 101, because 280 is much worse.
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