I am still having trouble with the 50 mpg ( have you checked the accuracy of your Odometer??
I the insta millage calculator trying various gears and various peed I could get it to read 50 f I did 5 in 4th gear ..5 th lugged it which made the mileage drop
( Poor vacuum ) I used to hear mileage like that that on the PC 800 forum..and a few on the Bandit forum ..but alas I guess you right hand is just too heavy for such performance
Well, actually, yes. I always check a trip meter by the mile markers on new vehicles to see. Yes, I've made sure the trip meters track the odometer exactly. And no I didn't check the accuracy of the mile markers
I have checked it in different places over different distances and am satisfied that my odometer is very close.
I can get current mpg up to 99.9 coasting down some of those long downhills in the Rockies or the Smokies. That's the limit on the read out; there's no telling how high it would really be. That's probably because the stock ECU turns fuel delivery almost completely off when coasting in gear. I need to check it now that I've got Ivan's flash.
I don't rely on the onboard computer. I actually log my odometer and fuel purchases and check mileage tank by tank. I have checked the onboard computer over several tanks, and even though it doesn't always agree with my calculations it averages out to be very close over several tanks. I suppose that's because I don't always fill exactly the same.
While lower RPM with a very light throttle may improve mileage, lugging it will not.
It's funny, but it seems like if I try to get good mileage in anything it gets worse. I do better just relaxing and enjoying the ride/drive. Slower speeds definitely help. A relaxed pace on crooked roads definitely helps. But trying to use lower throttle settings, lower RPM, etc. only hurts.