If you keep up on things automotive, you’re probably aware of the new CAFE standards recently passed which require auto manufacturers to have fleet fuel economy averages of 35 mpg by 2020. No sooner was the new standard on the books when many car companies began canceling or cutting back on future models already in the planning stages. The new 600+ horsepower Corvette ZR1 is said to be the last of the Vette’s monster motors, the next version is supposed to be aimed at performance using a lighter weight package. Lots of other changes are predicted by GM’s Bob Lutz and car companies are looking hard at all sorts of hybrid, electric, diesel, hydrogen and every other possible mode of power they can think of.
As big V8s and mega horsepower cars begin to look more like an endangered species, motorcycles, with their extreme performance capabilities plus relatively high fuel mileage numbers, begin to look like the performance alternative the enthusiast will still be able to fall back on for his or her high speed fix. You can sip a lot less gasoline than most cars and still get performance available only in the most expensive exotics or muscle car remakes.
I’ve recently noticed an upsurge of motorcycle articles on all of the automotive websites, it seems they are noticing what we’ve known all along, motorcycles yield big performance for every dollar spent and they’re rewarding in many other ways, too. As car buyers eventually see their garages occupied by his and her fuel sipping econo boxes, they might want to put something a little more exciting in there, too, maybe something with 2 wheels.