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    What gas milage do you get with your Futura?

    I'm riding a little Harley Sportster right now and thinking of moving up to a bigger bike, a Futura, Ducati ST, mabey even an FJR. My little bike gets 50+ mpg which is great but it's just too small(I'm 6'2) and is really winding out around 70mph. I've read Futuras get TERRIBLE milage so I was wondering if this has improved over the years. One more thing, if I bought one this would be my second bike. I've been riding for 6 months( probably wont be another 6 before I buy a new bike anyway) so would a big sport tourer be too much for a 17 year old to handle? I'm looking at a comfortable bike to ride to school/work every day on, not some road rocket. Thanks

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    The RST is beautiful, exotic, fast, dependable and drinks fuel like it's water in the desert. This bike will hit 150 mph. You can't do that with a moped.

    This bike is awesome and you would love to ride it. However if you are wanting fuel economy this is not the bike for you.

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    First off you need to do a search our we will let Baddy beat the !s@!t out of you.
    So to save us all alot of time here it is.....
    http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...ra+gas+mileage

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    2001 Futura: 41mpg commuting, 48mpg hiway
    2003 HD Wide Glide: 45mpg commuting, 52 hiway

    For me similar range, both are fun in there own way.

    17 to young: depends on if you take yourself seriously or not. Do you need to have it to impress people? Will you take rider classes?
    Personally I would go for an older ST1100 if found dirt cheap. If you like that, then trade up to the Futura
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    Man , I havent really done a scientific test but i think I am getting in the low 30's for mileage.. this is twisty riding though so far no big slab trips and I twist it a bit for sure. but I think I will have to know where the next gas station is if i go on a trip with this bike.. which I will def be doin

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    I have seen 45mpg on mine, but I have also seen low 30's......

    The Futura is NOT a bike I would want to ride to a campus and leave parked there.
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    I think 17 is quite a bit too young to be thinking about a Futura. There is an aweful lot of horsepower and weight to get you into trouble, handling that will help you make it better or worse soley based on your ability, and not a great deal of experiance to draw on.

    I would suggest looking at 2nd hand SV-650 style bike. Much, much more power, weight and handling then you currently have, but not so much as will totally overwhelm you (hopefully).

    Oh, and who gives a monkeys about the mpg? It really, really doesn't matter.

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    "take Smaller Steps"

    I agree on the sv or some other of that size/weight/hp. I've been riding 50+yrs and did a lot on 350-500cc bikes. Move up slowly so you can learn to deal w more of everything not to mention costs especially insurance at your age. My Fut gets 50+mpg easily so its all in how you ride. Remember suvs squash harleys as well as mopeds. Live long-ride long. Guzzi J ohn

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    I'm 6'2", too, and am quite comfortable on the RST.

    Mileage is generally in the high 30s, occasionally mid-to-low 30s... c'est la vie.

    My humble suggestion for you would be to get a KLR650 or DR650 dual purpose bike. It would be a great commuter, with good mileage, and you can put a topcase or side cases on it for school. Just a thought.

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    We usually get 45-48 mpg.....2up and bags packed...

    ooooo......I would love to get a hold of one of the dual sport 650s!! Fun/cheap/easy to fix/on and off road capable!

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    Good gosh, you guys get really good mileage!

    The best I've gotten was 38.5 MPG one time. Most of the time, I'm getting between 35 and 37 MPG. But then my commute is a lot of stop-and-go traffic.

    Looking forward to the weather getting better so I can go on a couple 100+ mile runs, then maybe I can join the 45+ MPG club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jalpa_Mike
    Good gosh, you guys get really good mileage!

    The best I've gotten was 38.5 MPG one time. Most of the time, I'm getting between 35 and 37 MPG. But then my commute is a lot of stop-and-go traffic.

    Looking forward to the weather getting better so I can go on a couple 100+ mile runs, then maybe I can join the 45+ MPG club!

    Mike
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    Plan on shifting at 3500-4K & being in 6th by 65mph if you expect to see that kind of mileage. I tried it a few times but it felt like I was lugging the bike & took all the fun out of it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanstrk
    The Futura is NOT a bike I would want to ride to a campus and leave parked there.
    Ahh yes, I have the same quandry(working on my SAT words) with my bike. I have been riding my Harley it to work but I park it right outside by the front door on the sidewalk. There I can see it at all times, and the people looking at it as well. Riding to school is a different story however since my parkingspot is a fair distance away. I'm not so worried about it being stolen as some yay-hoo pushing it over. Even with the insane cop presence, I'm worried sick. What do you do when you park yours?

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    I vote for a 650 dual sport bike. Just make sure you have the proper tires if you are riding it on the street!

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