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Author Topic: C5 in RIDER magazine  (Read 1626 times)

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C5 in RIDER magazine
« on: May 31, 2010, 12:16:10 PM »
Hello all,
Haven't checked in for a while but I saw something that didn't make sense.  Just bought the July 2010 Rider magazine.  It's one of four bikes in a feature called Retro Rides.  Didn't have a problem with the review, per se, but the MILEAGE they got was horrid!  45mpg!  I thought they got way more than that.  Heck, the Guzzi 750 came in second with 42.4.  They worst was the Triumph Scrambler with 38.  I know magazine riders must thrash the crap out of them but 45?  Does this square with anybody's experience or can Rider's staff not do math?

BTW: they did NOT like the Sportster 48.

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 01:07:18 PM »
I've averaged 90 mpg (Imperial gallons not US) for the first 1300 miles..........

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 01:08:33 PM »
I get 65 mpg easy on my C5, and I don't like the sportstr 48 either! ;D
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2010, 02:44:45 PM »
My G5's MPG is in the 70s

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2010, 02:55:37 PM »
Must be a typo, just like in this article where it says "The G5 features a solo-seat retro look in solid colors."

http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=2260369

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2010, 03:21:20 PM »
My G5 is getting around 85 MPG (UK gallon). 2500 miles, not particularly restrained on the throttle.
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 03:31:37 PM »
I managed 87mpg out of one tank full, but I was deliberately trying to see what I could get out of it.
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 06:38:07 PM »
75-80 with normal use, 70 MPG on a bad day, 65 if you try to beat the crap out of the poor soul.  45 MUST be a typo or they rode the bike in second gear during the entire test.
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2010, 07:02:04 PM »
Thanks, guys.  That's more like what I thought.  At least RE got some great exposure.  And it really was a good (if short) writeup.

About the Harley, I think the Motor Company is on a campaign to reduce a good bike to an expensive lawn decoration and they get closer with each new model.  It DOES look good but it's functionally a mistake.  A terrible ride and an extremely short range - one would be better off with a scooter.

Anyway, you've restored my faith.  Mileage that bad had to be a typo.

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2010, 08:01:32 PM »
  The new "48", in my humble opinion, looks great, but isn't made for the type of riding I enjoy. The shortened suspension means scraping in any kind of spirited cornering. That's why, when I decided to buy another Sportster (I do work in a Harley-Davidson dealership after all) I chose a nice used 2006 XL883 standard model.This was the last year for carberated Sportsters and this bike has the mid controls and full length suspension.I purposely did not want a fuel injected model, and actually would have liked a pre-2004 model due to those years being much lighter in weight, and having the trap door transmission. My bike doesn't scrape (yet) going around corners pushing things a bit, and it doesn't have all that crap shoved up into the gas tank for the FI system.

     The smaller gas tank on the 48 will mean considerably lees cruising range between fill ups. But HD is going to sell a bunch of these I think, just like the Nightster and the Iron model.

   jon
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2010, 09:45:46 PM »
I can't believe they dropped the standard model.  my personal favorite is the 2008 Roadster, an actual standard.   Guess I should have known that one wouldn't last.

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 01:45:34 AM »
  I'm with ya. My favorites were the XL1200R, the XL883R, and then the XL883 (like I have). I do like the XR1200 that came out in Europe first, but I'm hearing rumors that it will be dropped too. That will leave us with the Nightser,Iron,48,XL1200C,XL1200L and I think the XL883L.
    How about something along these lines:

http://www.bikeexif.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/wakan_roadster_1_hundred.jpg

    But built in house at HD using an XL engine and not at $20,000.00? Something that goes well, handles and stops.

   jon
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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 02:41:33 AM »
My favorite HD is the 2005-2007 Springer Classic, as for Sportsters I like the 1200 Low with spoked rims. Would like to have one of each of those sitting next to my G5 in the garage.  ;D

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2010, 05:47:40 AM »
I think the 48 looks pretty cool except for the tank graphics.   Frankly they don't fit the
bike at all, really cheesy.  It's a shame.


  The new "48", in my humble opinion, looks great, but isn't made for the type of riding I enjoy. The shortened suspension means scraping in any kind of spirited cornering. That's why, when I decided to buy another Sportster (I do work in a Harley-Davidson dealership after all) I chose a nice used 2006 XL883 standard model.This was the last year for carberated Sportsters and this bike has the mid controls and full length suspension.I purposely did not want a fuel injected model, and actually would have liked a pre-2004 model due to those years being much lighter in weight, and having the trap door transmission. My bike doesn't scrape (yet) going around corners pushing things a bit, and it doesn't have all that crap shoved up into the gas tank for the FI system.

     The smaller gas tank on the 48 will mean considerably lees cruising range between fill ups. But HD is going to sell a bunch of these I think, just like the Nightster and the Iron model.

   jon

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Re: C5 in RIDER magazine
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2010, 08:35:13 PM »
My Iron Barrel's ( carburetted ) fuel economy is consistently in the upper 60's,,,,unless I'm trying to keep up with Bill Harris  ;D then its low 60's. BTW re jetted and no hot pipe.
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