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    Junior Member Windwalker's Avatar
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    Mileage so good it was scary

    I have been riding my NC700X for around 10 months now. I use it mainly as a commuter, 16 miles one way. Over the last 8 fill-ups I have been averaging around 76 mpg with a personal best of 81.9 mpg. I try and wait for the switch to reserve before filling up, and typically get a bit over 220 miles before the switch to reserve. This time I was at over 270 miles and still hadn't switched to reserve yet. I was starting to worry that my gas gauge was broken. I finally got so worried that I filled up before seeing the switch to reserve at 277 miles. The bike only took 2.8 gallons, which is normal for me if I fill up just after the switch to reserve. That comes out to 98.9 mpg. This is such a jump in mileage that I am wondering if the bike is running too lean or has some other problem. I have to admit that the conditions right now are just about perfect for getting good mileage. I am leaving for work later so am hitting more traffic, this keeps the speeds down in the 40 - 50 mph range instead of the usual 65 - 75 mph range. The temperature has been in the low 80's and I am pretty much always following another car which removes a lot of air drag. But still, I never dreamed the bike could get close to 100 mpg. I'll have to see what I get on the next tank full. The bike is still coming up with ways of surprising me.

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    I would think that is possible, my best mpg was riding in the Sierras topping out about 50 mph for short periods.

    I got 84.6 mpg even though we climbed to ~ 8,000 ft 3 or 4 times during the ride.

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    Welcome to the ride WW. The mileage you experienced is not far-fetched. In similar circumstances as you described, my three best tanks have been 99, 98 and 94! Keep up the great riding, the NC is certainly an amazing MC. :{)
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    I think the nc700 and ctx700 are the only bikes in the market with this amount of cc getting this amount of mpg.
    Last edited by mreric; 9th August 2018 at 17:07.

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    That's awesome!
    My best tank is 75 mpg and that was a conscious attempt at economic riding.

    JT

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    when my daughter and I rode over the Million dollar Highway (from Durango to Ouray, CO) she got 87 mpg, all over the west she was in the 80's 3 times and high 70's. Dropping your speed as you have described is a major factor. low wind and lower humidity also helps.

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    That's fantastic NC... Awesome "Smiles per Gallon" and time well spent with your daughter...Priceless! The MDH is on my list of rides. Tewster has some excellent pics/vids of that hwy, he has ridden it several times! If you haven't seen any of his, check out his Youtube channel, our fav of his is "Tiny bike to Alaska". :{)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapturee View Post
    That's fantastic NC... Awesome "Smiles per Gallon" and time well spent with your daughter...Priceless! The MDH is on my list of rides. Tewster has some excellent pics/vids of that hwy, he has ridden it several times! If you haven't seen any of his, check out his Youtube channel, our fav of his is "Tiny bike to Alaska". :{)
    Here is a short video montage that my daughter made from that trip.

    Took her for a 6000 mile trip out west and then dropped her off at college in UT.
    Motorcycle Trip 2015 - YouTube

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    Awesome vid 1wg, thanks for sharing that with us. Looked like an incredible ride, and time well spent with your daughter. :{)
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    Looked like a fun trip!

    JT

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