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Old 01-25-2010, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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Streamlined Honda 125cc motorbike: 214 mpg (US) @ 55 mph

This is a cross post from the Motorcycles subforum - it's such an awesome project I just wanted to post it in the Aero forum as well to make sure everyone sees it who is interested:

Read our full blog post with more photos here: http://ecomodder.com/blog/diy-aero-f...cycle-214-mpg/



In a nutshell: 199 mpg (US) on his last 5 reported fill-ups, 2 of which were over 200 mpg. Cruising speed is typically 55 mph, in a mix of town & highway use, with some higher speeds as well.

It's a Honda 125cc single with fuel injection, revised (taller) gearing (sprocket swap), and a semi-automatic 4-speed transmission converted to full manual.

Two items of note about the builder, Allert Jacobs:

1)
He's obviously no stranger to the topic of aerodynamics. He produces (commercially) human power velomobiles in the Netherlands, like this Quest recumbent trike:



2) He's an EM reader, and bought an MPGuino (not yet installed) to use in this project.





I've blogged about the project in much more detail here:


I'm going to lock this thread now to keep the discussion in one place. So to comment, please do so in the Motorcycle/Scooter forum by following this link:


And of course, go visit the builder's page. It's packed with information and photos:


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