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Old 03-26-2008, 08:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
bennelson
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That diesel cycle really looks like it has possibilities.

Long range, highway speed, AND good fuel economy!

Why is it though that gas cycles can't seem to get past about 70 mpg? Is it just the terrible aerodynamics? Everything else is better; lighter weight, simpler design, etc.

I suppose part of it is that cycles tend to be targeted to the "more speed and power" crowd.

The 50cc scooters are marketed to the economy-conscious. They can get 100 mpg, but I guess they get less wind drag when they are only going 35 mph.
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