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Old 08-03-2008, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Interesting article: 110 mpg bio-d motorcycle conversion

I like this guy's attitude: "What is the most efficient method of transportation available to me, the consumer? After a lot of research, I found the answer: I'd have to build it."

Green Machine
What happened when one Tucsonan set out to create a super-efficient biodiesel motorcycle

From The Tuscon Weekly

This 2000 Royal Enfield made a good conversion platform because the motor and transmission aren't integral (making for easier mix 'n' match), and the frame design leaves TONS of room to work and mount a mill that didn't come OEM.

I know for a fact that the Green Machine will get somewhere between 110 and 170 miles per gallon as it stands. But there are ways to improve that.

A windscreen adds to the aerodynamic quality, so I added a small windshield. A full fairing would do even more, but that's for later on.

Removing weight from the bike will improve its mileage. I've already gone from a dual seat to a solo seat, and for daily driving, I'll take off the panniers as well.

The single biggest addition that will increase mileage: the addition of a computer capable of tracking real-time mileage. Called a Veypor motorcycle computer, it has three-axis accelerometers that can give you reams of data.
A well written article. Worth a look.

Tucson Weekly : Currents : Green Machine
He's using

Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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