View Single Post
Old 11-28-2007, 09:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
Batman Junior
MetroMPG's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 21,309

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.8 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 73.57 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,084
Thanked 5,963 Times in 3,088 Posts
After 1 week...

So I've had this BikeE thing for a week now, and I've easily put 4x the distance on it than I would have on my beater 10 speed. I still look for excuses to go places on it.

Definitely not a bike for the shy: It draws A LOT of attention. Some people think I made it (one guy yelled: "you did a good job on that!", and some kids told me it looked "gangster". (I think that's good )

My arrest-me-red Ninja motorbike didn't draw half as much attention.

I have to give it back in one more week.

I'm hoping to take it for a long-ish tour to really try it out. Maybe 70 km. I don't think I've gone that far on a bike in one day before. (Most of my biking has been MTB, so I've spent that long in the saddle - or out of it, actually - but not covered that much distance.)

The steering is still the big issue: light & twitchE. It's like there's not enough caster/trail. I could see it turning some people off it entirely. It makes me a little hesitant to ride it on roads with traffic passing close to me.
Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote