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Old 07-10-2010, 06:05 AM   #21
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Although on the slight downside is the increased internal friction of a 6 over a 4. Expect the BMW 6 to get 30s mileage. It'll need a big fuel tank to feed the beast.
I've gotta say that when the Kawi ZX14 came out, it was one of the very few sport bikes that fit my lanky legs. When I heard they only get 34mph, as compared to my Ulysses at 48mpg, I was completely turned off.

If a bike is lighter than a car, has better aerodynamics than a car, and has a similar sized engine, then I would expect it to get significantly better fuel efficiency than a car.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:00 AM   #22
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I think you meant 34 mpg. As far as aerodynamics go, bikes are terrible compared to cars. Not even close.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:09 AM   #23
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If a bike is lighter than a car, has better aerodynamics than a car, and has a similar sized engine, then I would expect it to get significantly better fuel efficiency than a car.
In fact, motorcycles have horrible aerodynamics compared to a car. Although beneficially narrow, a motorcycle produces much more turbulence than a clean car design, and it especially comes up short in terms of keeping airflow together (for much less drag) as it travels past a bulky rider and exits the rear of the bike.

Also, motorcycle engines are generally much higher-performance powerplants than lower-revving car engines, with much higher specific outputs - note the 193 hp of the S1000RR compared to, say, a Honda Civic Type R with similar hp from an engine twice as big.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:24 AM   #24
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When I heard they only get 34mph, as compared to my Ulysses at 48mpg, I was completely turned off.
Gotta love the Tiger's 47mpg city mileage along with the extra long lived front tire.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:54 PM   #25
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We rarely read about the new Tiger. Awesome bike. With an exhaust to uncork the sweet sound and gain a bit of power and suspension mods to firm it up a bit, it would rock the house! I seriously considered one, but the FZ1 was such a screaming deal.
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In fact, motorcycles have horrible aerodynamics compared to a car. Although beneficially narrow, a motorcycle produces much more turbulence than a clean car design, and it especially comes up short in terms of keeping airflow together (for much less drag) as it travels past a bulky rider and exits the rear of the bike.

Also, motorcycle engines are generally much higher-performance powerplants than lower-revving car engines, with much higher specific outputs - note the 193 hp of the S1000RR compared to, say, a Honda Civic Type R with similar hp from an engine twice as big.
Thanks, Duke! I learn something new every day.
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We rarely read about the new Tiger. Awesome bike. With an exhaust to uncork the sweet sound and gain a bit of power and suspension mods to firm it up a bit, it would rock the house! I seriously considered one, but the FZ1 was such a screaming deal.
140hp is available with simply a can, a few airbox parts and a map from Triumph. But I doubt I will ever bother. It's already freakin' fast enough for me. I just love the way that undersquare triple charges off the line.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:02 PM   #29
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140hp is available with simply a can, a few airbox parts and a map from Triumph. But I doubt I will ever bother. It's already freakin' fast enough for me. I just love the way that undersquare triple charges off the line.

Oh Yeah??? well with my shiny new Screamin' Eagle Street Performance Touring Mufflers I'll probably gain a good 45~50 horsepower and at least an equal amount of torque, not to mention a deep throaty (yet EPA stamped 50 state legal ) rumble from the unique Ballistic shaped inlet baffle..........ballistic you know... is like a BULLET dude.......you'll be watchin' my ass disappear over the horizon buddy, no doubt!.........AND still get 42 to the gallon!
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:03 PM   #30
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Oh Yeah??? well with my shiny new Screamin' Eagle Street Performance Touring Mufflers I'll probably gain a good 45~50 horsepower and at least an equal amount of torque, not to mention a deep throaty (yet EPA stamped 50 state legal ) rumble from the unique Ballistic shaped inlet baffle..........ballistic you know... is like a BULLET dude.......you'll be watchin' my ass disappear over the horizon buddy, no doubt!.........AND still get 42 to the gallon!
Wanna put some money on it?
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