Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Apopka Florida, a twist in the road just northwest of Orlando Florida My home for over 30 years
There is always a balance that puts weight vs power.
The more your gross weight is the less your gas mileage will be.
Engine horsepower stays the same, but the bike can be loaded in many
different ways, Single rider, two up, loaded with bags, etc.
40 mpg on an 1100 loaded with options and a single rider is not too bad. There is a post on here of a v star 950 only netting 25 mpg .
My 650 has lightweight bags and no passenger seat and I can get
about 50 mpg in the city and a shade over 60 on the highway.
Also make sure your tires have the correct pressure in them.
It does make a difference.
my 2 cents
2000 Vstar 650 Classic , Firethorn orange Metal flake Urethane, OEM tall Windshield, 47 Harley Tail light mod, progressive springs, hard bags painted to match w/chr. bullet accents Custom Modified rear rack/backrest, Cobra Modified exhaust w/ chrome Pencil tips, Hyper charger kit,
PRV 15, Riser mounted speakers, Chrome levers,Fringe grips, studded Leather bib with pocket, Billet Oil filter relocation kit , 3.5 PMS w/ stock pilots, mains- 122.5, Custom billet t signals