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Old 04-02-2008, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Motorcycle manufacturers beginning to release MPG info

I've always been surprised by the lack of published fuel economy information from motorcycle manufacturers. (The reason: they aren't required to by the EPA.)

Well, times they are apparently a changing. Not due to the EPA, but to the marketplace.

From the LA Times:

with gas prices nearing $4 per gallon and increasing numbers of commuters considering two wheels as a more economical way to get around, manufacturers are beginning to play the MPG trump card as a means of wooing customers in a down market.


A spokesman for the Motorcycle Industry Council won't say what its 2008 Owner Survey, currently underway, is finding, but fuel prices and global warming headlines are likely to shift some people's "reasons for riding." At least that's the feeling I'm getting from readers, who regularly ask where they can find MPG figures and why they are missing from my column. The short answer: They haven't existed across the board in any real and verifiable way.

If escalating fuel prices create any good in the world, perhaps reliable and widespread MPG figures will be among the positive effects. In the meantime, reviews here will begin to include our real-world MPG findings.

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Old 04-03-2008, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was amazed at how hard to was to find info on what my KZ440 was supposed to get for fuel econonmy before the ICE-ectomy!


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