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Good morning guys,

I'm new here so please forgive me if I have posted this question in the wrong place.

I am a 58 year old Englishman living in East Sussex, England. I have been riding for 40 years plus and in that time have owned many many bikes including some historically important legendary machinery (RG500, X7 etc).

Last year I procured a lovely 2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 SE (15 year Anniversary Edition). Its done 11,000 miles and is a real minter (looks like it just came out of the showroom).

I honestly think the Speedy is THE best bike I have ever owned. It ticks all my boxes and is soooo comfortable.

There is one thing which is confusing me though - the electronic clocks indicate I am getting an average of 58.8 Miles Per Gallon !!!! Reading various posts online most seem to give a MPG of between 38 and 43 MPG. I'm confused.

Is it really possible I am getting nearly 60 MPG?

My riding style is slow but progressive. I usually plod along about 60 mph in top gear and change up to 6th when I reach 40 mph. The bike seems very happy and understressed when I do this.

I know the Speedy is a hooligan tool and capable of 150 MPH if you can hang on at those speeds. My riding style has been formed over many years including 12 spent in the Ministry of Defence Special Escort Group). Although I'm a slow rider I must be doing something right because I've lasted over 40 years riding bikes (including surviving Bangkok Traffic for 2 years without an accident).

I wanted to nicely ask you guys if my indicated 58.8 MPG is believable or accurate.
 

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All the online data seen suggests that Triumph motorcycles are generally known to be quite thirsty compared to other makes.

Some posts even suggest the Speedys MPG can reduce to as low as 32 if pushed hard at high speed.

If this 58.8 figure is indeed to be believed and accurate I seem to possess an extraordinary Speed Triple.

In the past I remember I got up to 80 mpg from my Yamaha XT600E and 76 from my Honda XBR500.

Imagine what could be possible in my hands with a Honda Supercub X 125 lol.
 

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A couple of thoughts come to mind.
How stock/standard is your bike?
When my bike was new (16 years ago) I was getting around 5.5L/100km - works out to 51mpg (UK Gal).
When I loaned it to a mate of mine for a month or so, he was getting between 4.5 to 5L/100km - 62 to 56mpg.
I am much heavier than him and likely much more aggressive in my throttle use.

Since then it has had intake mods, an exhaust and stage 1 cams and a remap to suit.
These days I average between 6L/100km commuting and 7.2L/100km when fanging it hard on country A and B roads (47mpg and 39mpg respectively).
For additional reference, my post pandemic weight has me at around 286ish lbs / 20ish Stone plus riding gear...

Your sensible riding and acceleration techniques suggest your bike is likely returning fuel economy figures close to the trip computer figures. The other thing that can affect your fuel economy reading is if the gearing (sprockets) have been changed and that has not been updated in the ECU map settings. If in doubt go old school and note amount required to refill.
 

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Ahhh thank you my Kiwi cousin (my eyes see a NZ flag not an Aussie one).
I appreciate the time you have kindly taken to reply to my silly question.

My Speedy is bog standard OEM apart from a fender extender and radiator/oil guards. As far as I'm aware it's not had any additional performance enhancements and has the original twin double bore shotgun exhausts fitted.

I'm about 13 stone in weight.

I'm inclined to agree with your appraisal here. Maybe it's my old git riding style that is producing these astonishing mileage figures.

Riding the Speedy the way I do clearly gives excellent benefits in terms of economy which is helpful seeing the increased costs of fuel (thanks to our useless politicians)!

Today I reset my clock and will update this thread once I've covered 1,000 miles.

 

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The 2009 / 10 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 SE (15 year anniversary edition) is without doubt one of the nicest looking bikes EVER made. I stand back and admire the thing every time I enter my garage. It's sooooo beautiful.

In my humble opinion the frog lights look fantastic and my bike looks better than more modern Speedys.

My Speedy doesn't have ABS or fancy electronic rider modes either which in my book are a plus - I can do my own servicing and avoid the rip off cost of dealer services. It's a win win.
 

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Just remembered I forgot to advise of the new ductail addition lol.... Although I'm sure that won't effect fuel consumption (just my appalling sense of style perhaps).

After fitting the ductail my mate told me to fit some pink dangly ribbons on the handlebars too. Lol. And I did.

The pink dangly ribbons have turned out a great idea for added visibility haha..... They move in the wind and the movement can be seen by car drivers before they T Bone me.

Sounds crazy eh, how could I ruin the looks of such a beautiful machine. But I don't care its just another way of staying in one piece.
 

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I have a John Bloor special edition, and it is the most economical of the six speed triples I have owned. At best while touring I can get 56.5 mpg. If you want to get an accurate result, fill your bike to the same level at each time you fill, and record the distance between fills. This will give you a more accurate value.
 
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