Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
Good points on the aeros, gents.
Other than the totally slick fairing, it's a bumpy mess on our scooters.
The wide cowling/ air ram into the radiator is a gaping forward facing parachute, the mirrors, brushguards, feetpegs, riders' legs, elbows, windshields,
side luggage, etc all contribute to air braking. Another factor is the
vaccuum in our wake trying to pull us back to a lower speed. (tail cowls
are a huge bonus on cafe' racers) We sit upright with dead air/ turbulence
behind the spine also causing a flow void.
The Geo Metro of the mid 90's got 50+ mpg on gas alone.
So does the KLR.
Still with all those factors figgered in, I don't get why we can't pull 80-100 mpg
at ordinary steady cruise. Same questions and no answers here, Planbro.
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