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I read in another post that the 1600s have not been fairing as well at the pump when compared to the 1500s. This got me curious as to what kind of average MPG the 1500 gets. I have seen many posts on the 1600s indicating a high 30s average with extremes from upper 20s to the 50s.

So, what are you getting on the 1500s?
 

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'06 1600, anywhere from a touch over 30 to a touch over 40... average about 35 or so.
Best tank was on Arizona gas, about 43... one of the Harleys in our group pulled about 53 on the same trip.

NO difference with stock pipes and Fi200R removed, though I did drop a bit when I installed the V&H Quiet Baffles compared to stock V&H baffles.
 

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Just to throw a curve ball in, my Suzuki 1500cc averages 38mpg without windshield & bags and 32mpg with windshield and bags. That's stage 3 and city driving.
 

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So far around 35mpg on the 1600 Nad, but I've not filled up and gone thru another tankful since the mod's:wink: Personally, I don't give a rat's patoot what the mpg is, i just freakin' love riding this bike.

Cheers,
Daryl 8)
 

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06-1500FI usually about mid 40's when I am in a consertive mood, when froggie and when I get my bowels in a uproar, it drops into the mid 30's

Twisties much different than the superslab, nice day in the country and want to slow down to smell the roses a comfortable 42+

ride safe
 

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We're getting around 35 on our 1500. It's got 1700 miles on it so I'm hoping that improves as it gets broken in.
 

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I HAVE NO IDEA HOW YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET IN THE 30'S WITH YOUR 1600. DURING 2007 I RODE 21,275 MILES ON 479 GALLONS OF GAS FOR AN OVERALL AVERAGE OF 44.39 ON MY 1600 CLASSIC. MY HIGH WAS 55+ AND MY LOW (WITH THE DREADFUL DYNO TUNE MAP) WAS 39. I very rarely ever get fuel with less than 200 miles on the speedo.
My 1600 gets about 6-7 mpg more than my coworkers carburated 1500. There is little difference between these two bikes. If your 1500 has a carb, expect worse. If you have modified the air box, expect a lot worse.

BTW my bike doesn't get babied. I ride moderately hard through a wide variety of terrain. It has pipes and I run the stock Kawasaki map.
 

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I have a 2006 1500fi. It is all stock. I run 93 octane gas and have syn oil and gear lube. In the past 7,000miles I have gotten mid to upper 40's. The high has been 51.4mpg. The lowest ever was 39.7mpg.

I live in florida so all at sea level, no hills to deal with, and very little cold weather which can effect mileage
 

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I got as good as 41 and as bad as 29 on my meanie.

Yes the 29mpg tank I ran out and was stuck on the side of the road :)
 

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I average about 41-42 on my 1500 Classic, stock. Seen as low as 34 (running 75-80 with a 35-40 wind) and as high as 49 (on a windy 100+ temp day).
 

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Worst I ever did was 25.
2-up, into a 40-50mph headwind rolling 65-75.
 

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Being I've owned/own both kinds.......I really haven't noticed much difference.......I know the 1500 is no slouch tho after you tweak it. I got 42 - 47Mpg depending on how hard I drove it. The 1600 I didn't reach to own long enough to start tweaking it......:lol:
 

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'05 1500 i get about 38 MPG combined. on the highway i am usually doing 70-80 so economy is going to be somewhat dragging. i have a PCIII and pipes too
 

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'05 1500, no windshield. 400# +/- of rider, passenger and luggage I get in the low 50's on the interstate and backroad cruising. Daily riding, just me, 1/2 surface, 1/2 highway, I get mid-low 40's, 160 miles 3.6-3.8 gallons, pretty consistently.
 
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