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Old 05-26-2006, 11:24 AM   #31
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Buell XB12Ss - around 50 depending on the rider.



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Old 05-26-2006, 11:28 AM   #32
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Anyone in the market for a cycle - reguardless if it's a motorcycle or scooter - knows fuel mileage will be better than a car. Unless you own something that gulps fuel like my moster machine, everyone knows fuel mileage will be better than the cars. Taking into account how automotive manufacturers calculate fuel mileage - on a chassis dyno with no hills, no wind, no speed requirements they can pretty much dictate what the fuel mileage will be and it in no way shape or form reflects rear world mileage. Maybe the Japs know better-that the rate of your wrist twist directly influences the mileage therefore publishing mileage figures would just allow other to proove them wrong.

ZX12R = 34 to 28 MPG

GSX750F = 60 to 52 MPG

Virago 500 = 60 to 55 MPG

EX250 = 76 to 72 MPG

VF1100C = 42 to 36 MPG
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:29 AM   #33
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Right, Chávez isn't exactly someone I would trust to buy a used car from.



Mostly, my point was the fact that we aren't running out of oil nearly as quickly as everyone is screaming. And I wonder how much the current pricing is fabricated.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:30 AM   #34
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RS125 ~ 20 mpg

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Old 05-26-2006, 11:32 AM   #35
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Right on.



Amazing how it's the "GPTB" that shows maturity. Oh, well. Some people are adults and some people are perpetual college sophomores.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:34 AM   #36
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Default The most significant point.

"Maybe I should start riding it again."



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Old 05-26-2006, 11:43 AM   #37
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BMW R1200CL 50 MPG

MZ 660 Traveller (modified) 35 MPG
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:43 AM   #38
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Kawasaki Nomad 1500



Average: 40 mpg (combined city, hwy, backroad)

Two-lane backroad: 45-50 mpg

80 mph hwy cruise: 35 mpg



In general, motorcycles have the disadvantage of terrible aerodynamics. If they were as slippery as cars, they'd get much better mileage given the relativley tiny engines.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:45 AM   #39
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Default Because the mileage isn't that good?

I suspect they don't advertise the fuel efficiency of motorcycles because they are not all that fuel efficient! Really now, 42 mpg for a 781cc 500 pound vehicle is pretty pitiful. If tuned for efficiency and steamlined it would be much higher than that.



The new Honda Fit get 33/38. it costs only slightly more than a good motorcycle, and less than many cited above. The VW Jetta Diesel get in the mid 40-s. For an average fuel price sensitive commuter, the extra couple mpg is more than overshadowed by the risk and inconvenience of riding a bike.



That said, there is one yahaha billboard up here in Houston (sponsored by a dealer) pitching cruisers on fuel efficiency, so some marketers are trying.



Oh yeah. 2001 VFR: around 42-45 mpg. 1996 Bandit 600: 38-42 mpg. Both with a full set of Givi's acting as airbrakes.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:54 AM   #40
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Dude did you flunk math? Seriously.. The chart shows that the adjusted for inflation price of gas now is higher now than the 50s 60s, 70s etc

And you think $4.00 is good. Adjusting for inflation factors in the fact that folks made less money in the 50s.. man dude I thought you were smarter than that..

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