Just following up on yesterday’s post about the Thunder Star because I was rereading that article in Sport Rider. They toss in one statistic that I find pretty amazing, almost to the point of unbelievable. The Thunder Star gets 150mpg! It’s in the article and on the cover so it isn’t a typo, of course they call it a V-twin on the cover, too, and it’s a triple, so… I didn’t mention it yesterday because I was a little hesitant, can that be true? That’s the sort of mileage you would expect from one of those Solex motorbicycles or various mopeds but from this? If accurate, that should prompt an awful lot of development in this area.
Last week, I was talking to a guy who runs a diesel car, a VW as a matter of fact, and he reports some pretty high numbers, up around the 50mpg mark, and when you figure this bike only weighs 450 pounds with a VW diesel, it sounds plausible. There’s been so much development of diesels lately that we may be seeing a big turn in that direction. Interesting, but I think I’ll wait for some confirmation of that mpg number.