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    Default 1330 actual Miles per Gallon

    New to the 1330 motor so I was wondering what actual MPG do owners of the 1330 get I have a 2017 RT Limited and gassed up this morning full tank and did a 160 mile round trip on refilling I put in 5 Gallons ....so that would be 32 MPG The gauge was on the top of the reserve mark not quite into the reserve marking. My question is does the tank hold 6.9 gallons ???? as per the operators guide, and if it does would I have been able to squeeze in another 1.9 gallons. I was told that I could get 240 miles to a tank that would work out to be 34.78 MPG ...not a problem. So how many miles do I set my Garmin to start to warn me my gas is low on my 2012 I set it at 120 miles and managed quite often to go to 135 miles before filling up. Only managing 160 miles today would I have managed to get to 200 miles running into the reserve which I do not like doing but would like to know if its possible.
    So here is the question to all 1330 RT owners ...how many miles have YOU got on a tank what is the best you have achieved and at what miles do you set your warning of low gas on your Garmin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spydernatic View Post
    New to the 1330 motor so I was wondering what actual MPG do owners of the 1330 get My question is does the tank hold 6.9 gallons ???? as per the operators guide, and if it does would I have been able to squeeze in another 1.9 gallons. I was told that I could get 240 miles to a tank that would work out to be 34.78 MPG ...not a problem. So here is the question to all 1330 RT owners ...how many miles have YOU got on a tank what is the best you have achieved and at what miles do you set your warning of low gas on your Garmin.
    This has been discussed exhaustively just last month. Consensus I think is; yes, it holds 6.9 gallons, 240 miles per tank before hitting reserve is realistic; depending on load, headwinds, road conditions, speed, 40mpg or more is achievable. You'll just have to experiment with it, keep good records and find out what works for you where you are and the way you drive.

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    ^^ Wot 'e says! But do remember that a new engine is also very likely to take a few thousand miles to settle in/bed in properly & start achieving its best mileage & range.
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    In my opinion, it really has to do with the kind of riding you do. Cruise control on open highway, country state roads or rural country roads. I'll do some highway but mostly state and local roads. I just put my baby to bed for the winter and updated my trip log today. I totaled 6740 miles this year and had an average of 35.4 mpg. I also believe running primarily 93 octane improved my overall milage.

    Good luck with tracing yours!

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    Check with Blueknight he let it run out of gas and had a spare gallon of gas to get him to the gas station

    Maybe he can shed some light on this subject

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    Default I'm with Mike....

    I let my vehicles run out of gas to know for sure. There are so many factors in determening the MPG's and here in CA we have these nozzels that will not let you get the same amount of fuel each time unless you go to the same station and the same pump but considering that the RT V-twins were good if they got 28 mpg's your are doing really well.....
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    I have a 2015 RT automatic. I have had it a little over 4 months and have put 7,000 miles on it. I never kept my total gallons of gas but I do check mine about every tank. I have got a low of about 32 MPG and a high of 40 MPG. I would say on highway at running 65 to 75 miles per hour I average around 37 MPG. Again wind and road condition change it.
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    Default Miles per galon

    I have a 2017 RT limited and get 40 miles per gallon , BUT , I am 81 years old and drive like it. That's OK cause I still like to ride . Meerkat

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    NEW machine has averaged 36.7 mpg over 44,350 miles in almost 2-1/2 years now.
    I use cruise control all I can (arthritic hands) at around 55-65 mph. But I also do a lot of very fast, gas-guzzling takeoffs, just for the halibut!
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    There are a couple things one should keep in mind. You need to look over more than one tank at a time. You should also fill to the same level each time.

    Even if you run it dry, you are never going to get that magic 6.9 gallons in the tank. My max ever was 5.4. Did not run it dry, but the gauge showed below empty on my particular machine. 2010 RTS.

    I always set a trip meter to zero at fill time. That way I know how many miles on the tank--so far. I always fill to the same level. Slowly, I run the gas up to the fill ring. Stop, let it settle and re-fill to the fill ring. Done. This may not be getting the max gas in the tank, but it is going to be a "similar" fill each time. Miles/gallons used gives the magic number. PS. I don't get to technical. Gallons measured to 4 decimals and miles to 4 decimals are not necessary and will "imply" more accuracy than your getting. I measure gallons to the nearest .5 5.34 would be 5.3. 5.36 would be 5.4. Same for total miles.

    Over the years, five spyders, 140,000 miles I am finding 998's get 29 - 31 mpg. My 2014 1330 gets 39 - 41. I can go 150 miles before the light goes on the 2011 and 200 miles before the light goes on the 1330. There has been slightly better performance and slightly less performance on both. That's where everything else kicks in. The numbers are close enough to be comfortable for me. On trips, if in doubt, I keep it topped off. I don't want to be one of those that run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.

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    Over 38 months and 34,310 miles I have averaged 36.2 mpg. The highest individual tank mpg was 44.8; the lowest was 28.3, a tanks worth doing 85 for 126 miles on an interstate out west into a headwind. The most gas I have put in a single tank fill is 6.03 gal. I never bother with the Garmin low fuel warning; I just follow a better safe than sorry refueling routine.
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    This is Allen. I talked to you at Extreme Propulsion today. I have a 2015 RTS and i usually get about 40 miles per gallon. I usually start looking for gas around 200 miles and I reset the trip odometer at every fill up.

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    Default MPG's

    [QUOTE=Lin;1321017]In my opinion, it really has to do with the kind of riding you do. Cruise control on open highway, country state roads or rural country roads. I'll do some highway but mostly state and local roads. I just put my baby to bed for the winter and updated my trip log today. I totaled 6740 miles this year and had an average of 35.4 mpg. I also believe running primarily 93 octane improved my overall milage.

    Good luck with tracing yours!

    Lin[/QUOTE} .... I don't know about the 93 oct. thing ... I ride pretty much the same roads as you, and I ride Briskly ..... I only use 87 oct ...always have ( & probably always will ) I had a 38.6 mpg year ...... I like to ride in NH, however, the northern part is where I do most of it ...... Mike

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    Default EMPTY TANK

    Quote Originally Posted by trikermutha View Post
    Check with Blueknight he let it run out of gas and had a spare gallon of gas to get him to the gas station

    Maybe he can shed some light on this subject
    Wow good memory .... I sort of did it on purpose , I know that sounds weird , but I was headed to Rutland on Rt 100 going south. Because I do carry some Gas ( only 750ml tho ... in a tequila bottle .. because of it's shape ) and I was about 12 miles from Rutland, I pushed it.... I believe after I ran out ( & put in the 750ml ) and then filled the tank in Rutland !!! .... after doing and re-doing all the calculations with the gas & miles etc...... At the time it went dry I had used 6.7 gal., and got 263mi.,..... hope this helps ....... Mike

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    At 3785 ml per gallon, that 750 bottle gave you about .2 gallons of fuel, or about 7-8 miles of travel...not to mention a nice buzza from the original content

    Does pulling in the dregs of the tank concern you? Guess if you have enough tequila to make it a recurring problem, then we outta talk this offline

    Do Spyders have a reserve switch on them?

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    Default WELLLLLLL NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT

    Quote Originally Posted by Raprider View Post
    At 3785 ml per gallon, that 750 bottle gave you about .2 gallons of fuel, or about 7-8 miles of travel...not to mention a nice buzza from the original content ....... I think it's more like 12 miles worth

    Does pulling in the dregs of the tank concern you? Guess if you have enough tequila to make it a recurring problem, then we outta talk this offline ....... "dregs " ?? ... I do have a filter, I don't do this on a regular basis, it's the shape of the bottle, not what's in it

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    18,025 miles on my 2014...
    I averaged 39.3 mpg overall.
    My farthest rip between fuel stops was 241 miles.
    But I always aimed for at least 200 between stops.

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    Default Fuelly

    Just go to Fuelly and look up Spyders.

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    Default Like UtahPete says, It depends on how and where you ryde

    From Pete "Consensus I think is; yes, it holds 6.9 gallons, 240 miles per tank before hitting reserve is realistic; depending on load, headwinds, road conditions, speed, 40mpg or more is achievable. You'll just have to experiment with it, keep good records and find out what works for you where you are and the way you drive."

    44,000 miles on the wife's 15 RT-S and 33,000 miles on my base 15RT here in the West, but mostly on secondary routes at 65 MPH we get close to 40 mpg but almost never put more than 6 gals per fillup. That means we usually refill between 180-220 miles and have never run dry. Mileage is less into the wind, and we can get 250 miles per tank, but only with the wind, and keeping speed to 60 or below. When the fuel light comes on, we slow down and can travel 30 more miles to get to the next gas station. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    This has been discussed exhaustively just last month. Consensus I think is; yes, it holds 6.9 gallons, 240 miles per tank before hitting reserve is realistic; depending on load, headwinds, road conditions, speed, 40mpg or more is achievable. You'll just have to experiment with it, keep good records and find out what works for you where you are and the way you drive.
    Keep in mind, this is machine has no reserve. It is not like my older bikes that had a switch to turn and then get a few more miles. When you are out, you are out.
    With that being said, my 2014 RT SM6 averaged about 38-40 mpg from day one. However, in the final 3 months of ownership, I was only getting about 35 mpg. Not explanation for the drop, but it just did. Bike ran great, but the MPG just were not there.
    My 2012 RSS got about 33-36 mpg, and I nearly always drove it agressively.
    My current bike (2016 F3T) seems to get around 35-37 mpg.

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    That's not a problem at all: does your car (or truck) have a reserve?
    The new fuel gauges are accurate enough to be used right down to when the Low Fuel warning light comes on.
    BRP says that you should have a range of over 250 miles: I believe it!

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    I can tell you our 2012 RTL went a lot further after we disconnected the analog fuel and temperature gauges and used the digital ones. At least try running it until the fuel light comes on and see how far you went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lin View Post
    had an average of 35.4 mpg.
    This is about what I'm getting.
    Fairly spirited throttle but never much over the posted limit.

    I start looking for a station at 175 miles, figuring that gives me plenty of margin.

    40 might be "achievable" but not easily, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meerkat View Post
    I have a 2017 RT limited and get 40 miles per gallon , BUT , I am 81 years old and drive like it. That's OK cause I still like to ride . Meerkat
    I am not sure how I rode when I was 81, I don't remember.......


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    Default Too Much Fun?

    Apparently I am having too much fun. I haven't gotten over 35 mpg.

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