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I am going to start out with some basic question on the Stryker.
I do have a Vstar 1300 that I am looking at comparing it to.
We went for a short 250 mile run Saturday afternoon combo slow highway, mountain twisties and fast highway run. The Stryker averaged about 54 mpg bone stock, the Vstar 61 mpg bone stock.
Most mods I see are the "pipes, air intake and computer control" to compensate for leaning the AF mixture.
I am may be wrong but I am attributing the Strykers lower mpg to engine brake in.
What happens to the mpg (when you don’t jump on the bike constantly) with those 3 mods?
 

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im in the 44-45 range average. ride with a bunch of v-stars and they are always about 5mpg better on every trip. when its all cruising and i get 55, they get 60.
 

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I've got almost 1500 miles and I'm lucky if I get 35mpg regardless of how I ride. Had it checked with dealer nothing wrong, they say it's me... I figure it will either get better or it won't.
 

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Since I had the dealer do the first service and drilled the pipes, my MPG has decreased......

The light was coming on consistently at 120 (pre-drilling), for the last 2 tanks its come on at 105 (post drilling).....normally put in 3.1 gallons during fill up...... I've got 1000 miles....
 

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For my break in period I got 40MPG after first service and pre drilling I got 40 combo driving but got 50 on highway. After drilling it was back to 38-40 combo driving but I took a trip and removed the windshield and got 60. I think the bike likes the open highway the best.
 

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So you guys think that the drilled pipes make for less mpg? That would make sense , I drilled mine out the second day i had it and im around 40mpg. What about the guys with the cobra pipes? Do they help or make it worse?
 

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Drilled pipes and getting 43-45. I'm going to plug the holes and see what happens. Found some metal caps that will snap into a 1/2" hole and removable.
 

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i noticed no difference before and after the drilling. i think it is more of a weight issue, of both the rider and his throttle hand.
 

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Thanks for the info.
In town mine gets about 40 mpg. I guess it will add power, acceleration, looks and sound, but no MPG gains. Right now I aint screwing with what works even though there are some better looking pipes out there.
If I can get around 50-55 mpg doing 75-85 mph it will be doing ok.
So right now a tank will get me around 216 bone dry. I am shooting for over 300 miles with aux tank. 3 gallons will be close enough even if I hit head winds.
3 gallons of fuel weighs about 27 lbs, next I have to figure out the luggage rack, I will probably have to make one.
On a Beemer I have, when the Beemer manufacturers work on them, many of the bikes came back getting worsted gas mileage. What we found out was the mechanics didn’t know squat about computer FI systems. What we did was remove the ground for about 20 min, or what I did was 2 hours to bleed down the microprocessor-stored memory and the bikes returned to stock good fuel economy. This works as long as there is no internal battery back up. It may work on some of these bikes, you may try this for the new mods also, and it may reset the computer to the different sensor readings and correct the AF ratios.
Thanks all.
 

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chubbleyum said:
i noticed no difference before and after the drilling. i think it is more of a weight issue, of both the rider and his throttle hand.

Weight probably plays in quite a bit. The heavier you are the more it takes to move the bike and the more wind resistance you're creating.
 

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With just the Vance and Hines pipes I am still getting 42-46 mpg. And that's with some pretty heavy throttle twisiting...can't resisit the sound.
 

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I am 6'-5" 255 lbs+.
We ran from an elevation of 4800ft in Grand Junction to 8755 ft on top of McClure Pass and continued through Glenwood Springs. Light came on at 180 miles.
 

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I ride for my every day stop and go city-like commute during the week, so most of my miles are not highway cruising, and half of my mileage is with a passenger. I've got the 3 Cobra trifecta of mods and my mpg .... pretty much before and after the mods.... has been 30-35. Bike currently is at around 1700 miles.
 

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kingofleon said:
So you guys think that the drilled pipes make for less mpg? That would make sense , I drilled mine out the second day i had it and im around 40mpg. What about the guys with the cobra pipes? Do they help or make it worse?
I have the swepts and 3k miles, i'm averaging about 43 mpg's
 
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