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    From about Abilene,Ks to Dallas,TX we had headwinds that were between 25-35mph. We were running between 70-75mph. Averaged a paltry 24mpg. We weigh 320 and have about 120lbs of gear on board. Just thought that is interesting.

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    Did Joplin to Tulsa once. Doing 80 mph. Temp close to freezing. A lot of wind. Got 22 mpg. Usually with high winds, I can't get any kind of speed with the stock TG. Even at slower speeds, wind makes the mileage drop by quite a bit.
    BTW, I did the calculations last year. Over 1000 miles, going a higher speed but getting lower gas mileage is still faster even with extra gas stops.

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    Wind will certainly affect gas mileage; The fenders and rear box of Triglide is like a big sail holding it back
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    I've often thought, if trike designers could just redesign to a more aerodynamic fender, what a difference that would make.

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    Our trike is geared quite a bit higher than a 2011-later Tri-Glide, 32/68 vs 30/70. I've found that running it in 5th gear, instead of 6th, gas mileage will actually improve 1-2mpg.

    Sherry and I were in OKC, yesterday. Driving back home, that headwind was really strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbillone View Post
    I've often thought, if trike designers could just redesign to a more aerodynamic fender, what a difference that would make.
    Hey bikerbillone...If someone could just eliminate one of the back wheels and maybe put it inline with the front wheel,,we could get better gas mileage...But I think it would fall over when you stop ??
    With that being said, I love my 2015 Tri-Glide and really don't worry much about gas mileage....We spend 35/40 thousand dollars on a toy and then you worry about a few bucks in gas ???? Just enjoy the ride and don't overthink things.
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    The cost of gas doesn't bother me in the least...As a matter of fact i wish my Tri-Glide had a 60 gallon tank...This way i wont have to stop at gas stations so often . Every time i stop for gas someone comes over to talk to me, And most times it isn't about Trikes. It could be something simple as the Cost of Tea in China... Or did you hear what the Pope said today?. Most people that hang around gas stations at all hours are part of the great unwashed...And some of them i think i recognize from an epode of Cops..
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    Trust me folks..I have owned our trike for 6 years...I just thought that pushing that wall of air coming at me at 35 and me going 75 and getting 24mpg was interesting..not concerning. I tried drafting a tractor trailer..but to get the buffeting to subside, I needed to be between 20-40' away..not gonna do it!

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    With 2 up, I have got as good as 42 mpg and as low as 28mpg. Wind, speed, and elevation makes for a lot of changes. I just ride and when it needs fuel, I start looking for somewhere to fuel up. Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino 2 View Post
    Every time i stop for gas someone comes over to talk to me, And most times it isn't about Trikes. It could be something simple as the Cost of Tea in China... Or did you hear what the Pope said today?. Most people that hang around gas stations at all hours are part of the great unwashed...And some of them i think i recognize from an epode of Cops..
    Rhino, You hit upon a very important problem of being on the road. Being a former forensic/prison psychologist, I see a lot of "sketchy" people hanging around gas stations as I traverse around the country. I often times feel more vulnerable during gas stops than any other time on the road. I generally give these folks a glaring stare that suggests I do not want to be messed with and they move on. I in no way am interested in striking up conversations with these people. Predators are generally looking for soft targets and won't mess with someone who appears able and ready to defend themselves. The large Interstate gas stations have a difficult time controlling the riff-raff that drifts through their properties so it is incumbent on us to individually be very aware of our surroundings at all times while stopped in strange territory.

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