As I was searching for more documentation on the Thunder Star torque, horsepower and rpm figures, Andy, who is conveniently located over in the UK, was kind enough to forward an article that appeared in the March 2005 issue of the UK magazine “Streetfighters.” Their writeup had a few more details on construction but some of their numbers raised even more questions.
Their article cites mileage of 180km per gallon which translates to about 111 miles per gallon, which is still great but a bit off the 150mpg figure.
Their numbers for horsepower and torque are the same as the Sport Rider article:
165foot pounds at 4500rpm
250 foot pounds at 5500rpm
Something just doesn’t sound right here …
They also mention the search for investors so they can move the bike to production, that scary period when you hope to keep the bike alive and hope someone else doesn’t beat you to market.
What’s the real story? We’re on the trail and will continue to report as more info comes in. To be continued …