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Old 06-18-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
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Post your BMW Airhead fuel economy

Been tracking fuel economy on the BMWMOA sight. People seem shy to respond. Thought I'd try to get a larger sample size here on ADV.

So post your BMW Airhead fuel economy and I'll keep updating the chart below. If you've already posted on BMWMOA, no need to post again. Should be good for all of us:

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Old 06-18-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:18 AM   #3
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Average per tank? It looks like people are reporting their best not their average. Mine varies from the low twenties to my record low forties depending on how I ride. Most of my tanks are in the high twenties but I usually get mid thirties on road trips. I normally cruise around 85 on the slab if I can get away with it. I cruise 100mph if everybody else is! I am sure I could get better but I can't stand to ride that slow. 60mph cruise? It would kill me for falling asleep! If I want economy, I will pick the right car. When I fall asleep, I might not get hurt as bad!
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #4
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I was getting 45-48 average since before the build, about 35 after. Currently doing what I can to better that. If was like SS and getting in the 20s....I would be looking for another bike. I just got 30mpg and thought about it.....not acceptable mileage.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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It's not the bike. It's the rider. I could probably get mid forties if I slowed down. When I got my record 42mpg I was still speeding, just not nearly as much as I normlly do.

It's funny but here on the net most report mileage with airheads that most riders I hear of off the net weren't getting until they got a R1200.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:02 PM   #6
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Getting 35 to 40 depending on my right hand. I don't necessarily go fast but
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:32 PM   #7
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It's not the bike. It's the rider. I could probably get mid forties if I slowed down. When I got my record 42mpg I was still speeding, just not nearly as much as I normlly do.

It's funny but here on the net most report mileage with airheads that most riders I hear of off the net weren't getting until they got a R1200.

Just your average is fine. I have a book I write maintenance and fuel usage in. Always have done this type of thing with all my machines so I catch stuff early. Cars tend to sell better when the next guy in line believes yer anal because you keep (good ) records.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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My R100RT has never gotten better than around 40, usually a lot worse.

My old R69S recently returned 46 mpg on one leg of a recent 3 day ride. All highway riding at legal speeds, and no passing of cars. That's much better than it usually does.

I record all fuel purchase quantities and milages, and have done for as long as I've owned these bikes.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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My '74 R90/6 averaged right at 42 mpg on last big trip to Eastern RDV (1500+ miles).
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:51 PM   #10
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Cool2 Updated Chart

We are averaging 41.4 mpg for the ADV replies and 42.8 mpg for the BMWMOA responses. Very close to each other.

Enjoy!

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:40 PM   #11
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:53 PM   #12
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'90 R100GS with sidebags averaging 78 mph indicated on the interstate: 36mpg

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Old 07-02-2014, 04:39 AM   #13
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5.5 l / 100 km when doing long distance cruising.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:39 AM   #14
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My R90/6 has been up to 4.4 KM per litre, which is around 63MPG (imp)

This was on the highway , fully loaded for 2 month trip at around 60-65, really amazing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:20 AM   #15
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My R90/6 has been up to 4.4 KM per litre, which is around 63MPG (imp)

This was on the highway , fully loaded for 2 month trip at around 60-65, really amazing.
Do you mean 24.4km/litre?

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