Here you see the Honda Innova. It weighs 231 lbs, would retail for about $2600 if we could get them in the US and gets a very respectable 114 MPG right out of the box. You would think people would be happy with that. There’s not a lot of vehicles that can do 65 mph and still get over 100 mpg, but Dutch efficiency enthusiast, Allert Jacobs, wasn’t satisfied. Three years and $5000 later he has completed The Aerocycle, a Honda Innova 125i that gets over 200 MPG, looks pretty cool and has a trunk to boot!
The Aerocycle is a great example of a garage inventor “bucking the system”. Allert Jacobs could just wait around until Honda finally decided to produce ultra high efficiency scooter, but he took matters into his own hands and who knows what could become of it? He could just have a cool aerodynamic scooter and some really low fuel expenditures and a story to tell. Maybe he’ll develop a kit and inspire others to do the same. What ever the outcome, I think he’s on the right track.
If you are thinking about working to improve your fuel economy, you could start with something simple like using you kill switch (source). Unlike automobile drivers, shifter scooterists and motorcyclists have an easily accessible kill switch. You can hit that kill switch when coasting and especially downhills, then while holding the clutch in and in an appropriate gear, turn the kill switch back on, release the clutch and restart the engine without using the starter. It is a procedure that when well rehearsed can be smooth and safe, and when it is done without due care and skill can cause you to flip your bike. Also note that in some motorcycles, you will lose braking power if your engine is off.
Shouts to Tim for the link to one of my favorite childhood magazines, POPSCI, who did a respectable job of covering the subject.
The top view of the motorcycle Hans Pieterse.