I'm getting horrible gas mileage (20-25mpg) on my eikon 150
I can only go 45-50 miles before hitting reserve. When I fill up i only have to fill it up 2 gallons. The capacity is 4.5 gallons. I should be hitting reserve w/ about .8 gallons left.
i don't know if the two problems are related though.
I have a slighly dirty air filter that had been soaked in oil but i was able to rinse it out. I have a new filter on the way. Can this cause the problem?
What else should i check?
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Re: horrible gas milleage
I get horrible mileage too with my bike. cant remember the exact miles but its bad. mine has a stage 1 jet kit ive herd that pretty much kills mileage but im not sure. i might have to check my air filter if that can be a problem too.
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My friend, the reserve is to get you to the gas station not the next town. Only a foolish person depends on the reserve for transportation. Do not count on the reserve ... fill up every 100 miles and you will never run out of gas. Forget the reserve setting. The ONLY reason for a reserve position is to account for the lack of a fuel gage. Stop pushing your luck. There is nothing wrong with your bike.
You didn't say what size Star you had. Mileage for the 650 is listed at 47mpg ---for the 1100 42.8mpg
The indicator on the petcock valve should have a P & R on it--- P, is primary, R is reserve. It's a simple design, with 2 different length pickups on it. So if you can't read the lettering on the valve. remove the fuel line going to the carbs. when your tank is low on fuel--- And you can determine how to set it. The pickup for the reserve gas will be on the back, or looking at it, right side of the valve.
The owners manual states to change oil every 4000 miles and filter every 8000 Personally, i change BOTH every 3000 miles. Clean oil is the key to keeping a V-twin engine happy and running for many miles. SAE 20w50 synthetic is what i use. I believe the manual calls for 20w40, which is fine for break in and while the bike is under warranty. The choice is yours.
The Clymer service manual, is a handy tool to have. I recommend you get one. Ebay is a good place to find them along with Amazon....
I hope this helps & good luck with your Star...these are good bikes.
There is no gas gauge. You have to set your trip mileage on the speedometer to 0 each time you fill up the gas hog. I go 80 miles before I have to switch the tank to reserve leaving maybe 20 miles left before walking. Don't even think about pushing that bike to the gas station just leave it. You will need a good insurance policy to protect against theft if you leave it unattended.
There is sending unit in the tank.I would'nt fix it as it may be costly.Here is an easy solution each time you fill the tank zero the odometer.You shold get around 200Km on a full tank.Regardless of the mileage switch to reserve if your engine starts to sputter.You should get an additional 10 miles at reduced speed,which will get to a gas station.With experience you know your range on a full tank.If you choose my recomendation then remove or cover the low fuel light as it could be annoying
Check your plugs!! If they are dark grey or black you are running rich. Then I would verify that the mileage really is 20mpg. Run gas out until you hit reserve, then add 1 gallon and have a friend ride beside you (with an accurate speedometer) until you hit reserve again, then check your mileage against his. If you have an electronic speedo with digital odometer, they have been known to go haywire for no reason. H-D recalled a bunch of electronic speedos about 2004. Yours could have croaked. A slipping clutch or massive intake manifold air leak will wreak havoc with mileage too. Other possibilities are a weak/failing coil or ignition system, leaking needle and seat or stuck float, low compression (head gasket or bad valve).Do a compression or leakdown test. Make sure your choke is not turned on or stuck part way closed. I have also seen a bad alternator and/or battery decrease mileage. Your brakes releasing properly? No bind in trans or drivetrain? You change tire size or sprockets? Hope this helps.