Realizing that motorcycles are not particularly aerodynamic (but benefit from being small) ... I would look at everything as a trade-off. If I lose lots of power to go from 54 to 64 ... that's a bad trade-off. If I lose lots of power going from 54 to 104 ... that's much more palletable. I'm not an adrenalyne junkie (my wife might disagree with that) ... but I do like the power. For enough economy, however, I would consider tucking the Y chromosome into my sock.
Absolutely correct on safety, I have been hit on Interstate 40 by a pickup w/an open trailer. So I know safety is an issue ... but a Harley is good for the MPG ... and good for the soul. I would still, however, love a hybrid or plugin Harley. I would think torque is a lot less of a requirement on a 400 lb vehicle.
I agree on all counts, GeorgeG. I used to get a new muffler system every two years. I now have a 2004 Honda Odyssey with 191,000 miles on it and it's still on the first muffler. The service advisor at my dealer claims he has a lot of Oddysseys with more miles than mine.
@Marks – Fuel consumption on bikes are always better compared to other vehicles, but as you said you could still make it better if you ride at normal speed than accelerating. Going mostly on high gears (gear 4,5,6) will also make a difference to your fuel consumption.
@mikec711 – Nice to see you are a fan of Harley, I should say she is a "beauty" the way she glides on the road, the engine sound. I too like bikes as its easy and needs very less parking space, but the problem is with passenger safety.
@Charles – At times you don't realize your car is small until you step out of the car where you could see other cars are huge compare to your Prius. In terms of fuel I think Prius is a good vehicle to drive.
@naperlou – Mostly I too prefer the public transport, especially at times when the traffic is extremely high or when you have to drive looking for a parking space. I think public transport is the best and the most cost efficient way of travelling, but the way each of us see is different.
@NadineJ – yes now we see some Americans moving to smaller cars, this might be because they are much efficient in fuel consumption. I am still trying to understand why most Americans would prefer large cars, is it the prestige, seating capacity, comfort etc. What do you think?
@naperlou – Yes Prius is a small car compared to some of the large cars that Americans use, but I am not quite sure how the fuel efficiency will reduce as your car gets bigger. I believe that's the reason for most manufactures to come up will small models.
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