Motorcycle Fuel Economy Reference Guide

Motorcycling, one of the most efficient ways to travel. But how frugal is your motorcycle? Do you know? And did you compare to other models or brands?

With the 3rd version of the Total Motorcycle’s Comprehensive Fuel Economy Guide you can check the fuel economy of 5500 motorcycles all the way back to 1934, both in miles per gallon and number of liters per 100 kilometers.

If your motorcycle fuel economy is not listed (many models still not mentioned), you can take your manufacturer manual and enter your yourself the data to continue to update this guide. Would be nice if this very interesting guide would also show what was the price,of a gallon of gas at the pump for each and every listed year. Total Motorcycle’s Comprehensive Fuel Economy Guide.

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9 Responses to “Motorcycle Fuel Economy Reference Guide”


  1. 1 BlackSmith Sep 7th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Nice tats. My bike not listed, so I had to enter the fuel info.

  2. 2 Larry R Sep 7th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Interesting! As my bikes the years progressed from 1981, 1996, 2007, the mileage decreased. Best mph was the 1981 and 1996 Harleys. Thanks, Cyril. I’m not going to buy twin-cams anymore.

  3. 3 Larry R Sep 7th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    My old 1981 FXWG and 1996 FHR carb bikes beat my Twin Cams in mpg. I’m not going to be buying anymore Twin cams. I’ll stay with my old bikes.

  4. 4 Brother T Sep 7th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    It seems right, for my 2009 Fat Bob, although I’ve done a touch better on a few occassions, when it was mostly 6th gear straight line crusing.

  5. 5 Rob Sep 7th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve been riding to work this year instead of taking my truck, which pretty much doubles my mileage. But then I wipe out the savings taking it out for rides on the weekend. Sorta balances out pretty well though.

  6. 6 Kustoms and Choppers Sep 7th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Interesting tats, atleast they are original

  7. 7 Craig Vetter Sep 8th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    It is horsepower that consumes fuel. Lower horsepower motorcycles, no matter what year, consume less fuel. Streamlining allows the least horsepower to push you down the road as fast as you think you need to go. In the new Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges, we are learning that bikes with less than 20 horsepower – and more that 15 horsepower – streamlined, sip fuel at the rate of better than100 mpg.

    In the Vetter Challenges, the conditions are very specific: We run at 70 mph, into a 30 mpg headwind, carrying a useful load like four bags of groceries, sitting comfortably.

    You may notice that the conditions of the tests that lead to the published numbers of your charts are not provided. All you can see is that smaller bikes got better mileage.

    Craig Vetter

  8. 8 Richard Sep 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    The Twin Cams are larger displacement and higher HP. Consequently you need to “feed” them a little more fuel. I ride a ’11 Road king. I’m easy on the throttle and average about 47mpg. I’ve seen a range of 44 to 51 depending on riding “variables”.

  9. 9 Wiz Sep 9th, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I wuz deliverin’ a $82,000. custom I just built with a souped-up 120 c.i. diamond-cut engine to a client in L.A. one time ‘an wuz at a gas station showin’ it to sumbody, ‘an they asked “What kind of mileage does it get?” I said “If yer spendin’ $82,000. on a motorcycle, you don’t give a rat’s ass about mileage!” Yuk-Yuk!! Wiz

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