Swoop: No doubt I could loose a few lbs.
Everyone has made good observations & insight so far. I totally agree that any fuel leakage is a super negative for economy. That's why keeping the Bing well sorted out + the petcock is so important.
I have wanted a 'dustbin' fairing for a long time, just to see how much a difference it would make with mileage. I'd bet it would help a lot.
We should start a MPG/MPH chart to see who gets the highest speed for the smallest amount of gas used.