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Originally posted by warpboost
Engine tweaks would definitely be required to get 100s of mpg but I would think the aerodynamics are the biggest piece to the puzzle?
I also question how practical a bike would be with a big fairing like that for daily use. They say to use a small single cylinder engine 125-200cc 4 stroke and gear it very tall so it's not going to be a powerhouse.
The contestants have always been a little reluctant to reveal their secrets. You or I might not be able to get 400 mpg. But, we ought to be able to get better than 43. The above chart presents a good, basic beginning. What secrets did they have? I have interviewed each winner and will offer this info in a book. The world needs this information
Originally posted by D.E.M.
Anyone who thinks the Car Companies and the Oil Companies do not have a buddy system going on has to be off their rocker.
Originally posted by D.E.M.
Hahahaha, I feel sheepish right now for sure. Didn't notice at all that the fairing was actually for sale on the same site.
Shame on me for not fully exploring my sources.
After exhaustive testing with engine and gearing ratios they were able to reach a 170 mpg economy figure. On went the streamlined bodywork and the mileage shot up to a reported 315 mpg
Originally posted by E-ville
Still got my 1984 Honda CRX that gets 50 -55 mpg on a non electronic controlled carburetor.. In 1984 they could make a car that beats the hybrids of today... Honda had the nack .. and then lost it .. Sad..
Originally posted by 30_seconds
What we could have today should look like Star Trek.
What we do have today looks like the year 1900, with shiny paint.
Originally posted by CUin2013?
The golf cart idea made me think of electric cars. I looked around and found: Smart USA
These small electric cars will not be available till 2012 (hmm). They will be distributed to only a few big cities. They can go around 80 miles on one charge and can be completely recharged in about 8 hours.
I would love to have one. I have a small solar backup system with a small windmill generator at my house that I could use to recharge the batteries. 80 miles is more than enough for me to run around town.
Why are they not available now?
I remember a few years ago when GM had an electric car that they tried and then recalled every one of them. Was it too big a strain on our electric infrastructure? I think this might have been the case, especially in the summer with the cooling demands are very high.
Either way I can totally see driving one of these and get away from $4 to $7 gallon of gas.