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Old 10-12-2007, 04:44 AM   #1
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Motorcycle in truck bed-carboard aero?

I'm delivering my motorcycle to its new owner this weekend and will be making the 650 mile round trip with my uncle's pickup truck. I know i'm going to max out the tire pressure and keep my speed down to maximize mpg. What I'm wondering is if there would be any significant ($) increase in mpg from taping a carboard "ramp" from the roof of the truck to the handlebars of the motorcycle. My initial thought is that any improvement would be negligible.

I drew up a rough sketch in paint (they're one of my favorite parts of this forum ) but I think you know what I'm talking about. Like what semis have on the tractor leading up to the higher trailer.

What are your thoughts/ ideas for easy mpg increases?

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:58 AM   #2
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I'm going to assume that the motorcycle will sit higher than the roof of the cab once its in the bed. If so, your cardboard air deflector would have a positive angle and might buckle under the pressure of the air @ highway speeds. You could make a simple, lightweight wooden frame and staple the cardboard to it which would add some rigidity. Just make sure its fastened down securely...wouldn't want your deflector to become airbourne on the freeway.

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I agree with Clench, I have been hauling dirtbikes in the back of trucks for years, The vehicle speed really makes a difference, also use no accessories like AC ect. Try to use the slow down uphill speed up down hill driving technique.
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