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2022 Matte Deep Blue Kymco AK 550
Snow expected here... again... tonight and tomorrow so thinking I won't get to ride to work Monday at least. Temps will be lows from -2*F to highs from +13*F to mid 20s this next week. 15*F now at home. Figured I'd better get out while in between snows and the streets are dry. Took off to go to one my favorite lunch stops about 2 miles south of my home, but took the long way of course. About 70 miles worth of long way there even though the place is only 2 miles from my home. Naturally I started off turning left instead of right. Went through Waukee, then Woodward, then Madrid, then Polk City, then around south of Saylorville Lake to Grimes, then past my home to Chick-fil-A in West Des Moines. Kept to county roads as much as possible. Saw mpg reading all over, but mostly averaging around 38 mpg at 55 mph. About 10 lower going up a few hills and much higher to almost 90 mpg going down. Wicked north wind so the east-west legs were at a lean. The last 8 miles was 35 mph +/- in city streets with a little traffic but was able to maintain that speed at least. During that part saw an average around 63 mpg in 5th gear at 35 mph! Pretty good considering the temp. MPG always goes down in colder temps. At least half the trip, the middle half, was less than 14*F. Can't say for sure what it was since there were no bank signs and the dash display showed "---" and I didn't bring my portable temp gauge along. Travelled mostly north going out so it did get a bit cooler, then mostly south on the return so it warmed back up to 15*F. Sun was shining all the way so was a nice ride.