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GT1000 & Fuel

Ladies & Gentleman, I need your input/experience: I'm Italian and live in Oklahoma-US, and just recently fell in love with a red GT1000. I was told by "experts" that this engine will use 1 US GAL FOR 35 MILES, well I'm very familiar with standard shift and a former Vespa rider, so driving on our super flat hwy's, around 60-65 mph, I should be able to better than 35 mpg. One more question, the same experts, questioned the ability for this motorcycle, to be used as a commuter, riding 18 days a month 160 Km one way, so 3000 Km a month, on superflat Interstate -44, Norman OK to Lawton OK. I'm 187 cm and 87kg. I think that the desmoducati engine should more than fine for this, actaually great. thanks, grazie for sharing

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By my calculations, 35mpg US is the same as 42mpg imperial. This is roughly what I get with mixed usage - main road commuting and the odd blast at the weekend. It's quite hard to be precise, as the lack of a mainstand means you never know quite how full you have made the tank, but I would say that 35 was accurate to +/- 5%. On a steady run at a reasonable (i.e. legal) speed, I would think you could get better than 50mpg imp/42 mpg US from that lazy motor. You're talking about 100 miles on a flat motorway. I'm sure the GT will cope with that fine, and will cruise at whatever speed your neck muscles will stand. In fact, the long standard gearing should make an 80mph cruise pretty relaxed for the engine. But is the GT an appropriate choice for that kind of riding? I would have thought a GoldWing would have been better suited to that kind of distance and road. The GT excels at fast and twisty roads, and I feel it might be a bit wasted on an Interstate. Unless, of course, you have twisty bits at either end of your journey to enjoy ...

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