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Old 08-12-2013, 02:37 PM   #311 (permalink)
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looks great,look at BMW's Simple body,all flat panels with a very low cd and roomy interior

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Old 08-12-2013, 04:26 PM   #312 (permalink)
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A few years ago, I would have totally agree with you but it is only going to happen in a "if everything goes well" scenario.

The other option that I foresee much more likely to happen is we are going to move much less, call it price of energy or rise of the dematerialised relation AKA internet ...

But I am still interested in the if all goes well scenario !
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Thanks for the reply Visionary, I didn't want to highjack your thread, a brief description follows :-
1981 Honda 90zz, basically standard frame, forks and wheels. The original 90cc motor was replaced with a Honda 125 4 speed motor after the original motor seized (3 times). This was probably due to over revving because of the decreased wind resistance and standard gearing.
The new motor came out of an ATC 3 wheeler farm bike and fitted straight in. It has a Hi/Low ratio gearbox which at the moment is geared for 65 mph at 8500 rpm. which it will achieve under favorable conditions. Those extra 35cc's and the fourth gear make a world of difference.
It will do in excess of 120 mpg with the throttle pinned while drafting HGV's even though the carburation is not fully sorted. I have located a 'dustbin' fairing, which I hope to fit soon.
I'm unable to post a photo of the wee beastie yet (less than 5 posts) so I've put 3 photos into my album, I assume these will be available to anyone who is interested.
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I have a black Cub 50 and have been planning something mighty similar for it!
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The bike is starting to look a bit like Malcolm Newall's "Slug" FF



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Old 08-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #316 (permalink)
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That would be this then my strengths - Elio Motors : Elio Motors but I won't hold my breath.
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That would be this then my strengths - Elio Motors : Elio Motors but I won't hold my breath.
How can they possibly plan to build that in the U.S. and sell it for only $6800?

That's the hardest part for me to believe.
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How can they possibly plan to build that in the U.S. and sell it for only $6800?
I am seriously thinking about giving them a $250 deposit. If they ever actually do build one for $6,800, I want it.
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They would not make a fortune out of it (*) but it is do-able because the requirement for tooling is very low (no forging required).


* : (so will probably have issues develloping the next generation that will need to meet much higher requirements due to friendly lobbying from fellow motorists)
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Something of interest?

I'm not sure how it relates to my project, if at all, but this video is fascinating!
It came up through a post on the FFusergroup and I thought I would share it with you all.

Dunlop Wobble & Weave.wmv - YouTube

The high-speed weave may have more to do with weight distribution and mechanical stiffness than aerodynamics, but its interesting to hear the phrase "we're still not sure why"

"Hats off" to the test riders!

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