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Old 09-11-2018, 10:05 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I once hit 120MPG on my Honda Rebel 250.
However, it was doing 40MPH, 3k RPM.
I find the sweet spot is probably around 400-500cc.
The Hondas you always need to go 3T down on the rear and 1T up on the front, to get eco-driving.
Even then, it's still not perfect.

I have a Yamaha FZ07, that does 80MPG peak, after sprocket change.
It starts to drive nicely around 80MPH, and I'm pushing it around 100MPH. Top speed? Probably around 140MPH with the larger sprocket. I did hit 130MPH before, and it's crazy.

Anyway, the 700cc motorcycles aren't optimized for street driving.
My 300CC barely had enough power to be on the interstates, and revved way too high.
So I knew I needed more.
At 4-500cc high-rev engine, you're probably best.
600cc low rev engine with wide gear spacing.

It all depends on where you drive the most.
In the city only, a 125CC is awesome.
On the highway only, a low rev (eco) 500cc (=boring) to high rev 650cc (=fun) is what you'll need.

If hypermiling is where you're after in mixed situations, 400-500cc is what you need.
Tall gears, preferably wide gear spacing. Revving at 3k RPM at 60MPH or less is good.
Should get you around 100MPG avg.

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Old 09-12-2018, 08:30 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Kid Hauler - '01 Ford Excursion Power Stroke, Limited
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Hey PD, Good for you!! :{)
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:30 PM   #63 (permalink)
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2012 NC700x - '12 Honda NC700X
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The weather has turned cold in my area and it will be time, very soon, to store it inside for the snowy winters we have up here. Soon i will be digging out the materials and starting the Vetter Fairing for which i will start a new thread for that build when it begins! :{)
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i have found pods to be more trouble than they are worth
and a tank bag can fill in the gap between you and the bike without having to crouch so much, an improvement instead of a detriment
and good choice of bike on your part
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Well today was the day. After an hour of shoveling and chiseling the 4"-5" of ice that was under the 1'-2' feet of remaining snow where i had my NC parked i was able to take the bike out for it's first ride this year!! Went for a nice 2hr ride after work today and only saw 5 other bikes out, all big V-Twins of course.

...and after filling up i scored 84mpg!! :{)
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So this morning i got the itch to take the NC out for a long ride and stretch it's little wintery legs and see what my bum could handle for seat time! Made 410 mile ride according to mapquest. After several steep grades pulled and a lot of miles with headwinds i topped off my last tank and averaged a nice 74.5MPG, Very pleased! :{)

Part of the road i travelled today was Washington HWY12 which is the Lewis and Clark trail(my wife's family are descendants of William Clark).



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