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Old 05-10-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Craig Vetter Challenge, 5/13/2011, ridealong

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Hi, I'm going to ride my motorcycle down to Carmel ( from SF Bay Area ) on the morning of 5/13/2011 to observe and ride along with the competitors of the Craig Vetter Challenge fuel economy competition. I thought about entering but I wasn't able to put together a competitive package for my motorcycle. So instead I'll go observe and learn from the masters. It should be a lot of fun. If you want to join me , please let me know either here or send me a PM. I'll be sure to take pictures and report back.
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Plz take lots of pictures.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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Here's my bike with the saddlebags, tailsection and side panels added. We'll see how it works on the ride to Carmel.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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The Vetter Challenge was great! Lots of cool vintage and rare motorcycles. Only 6 competitors in the Vetter Challenge ( including me ), they very cool but too bad there weren't more. I got to meet with Craig Vetter and there wre other motorcycling celebrities like Kevin Cameron and Peter Egan ( I think. Check out my report in the Events section.
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Any more pics?
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hi Cat, Sure lots more. It was awesome.
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Cool..

What's up with the Vincent? no mod?
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Hi Cat, The Vetter Challenge was only a small part of an event called the Quail Gathering which was mainly focused on collectable bikes. There about 150 motorcycles on the 5/13 ride. Here some more pix for your enjoyment.
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"Alan Smith and his streamlined 2005 Ninja 250 win 2nd place in the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge. He had an impressive 93 mpg and total cost of fuel of $6.43 over the 133.5 mile course."

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Really nice mpg. I was appalled how bad the participating BMW F650GS was (practically Teresa's twin sister with a beak, different tires and and chain drive), but then I saw that it was at 70+mph in strong headwind I kind of understood that 59.6mpg... In those circumstances the Ninjette's 93mpg is even more impressive.

And I realized that this Craig Vetter challenge is not about 'real life conditions' for me. If some idiot tailgates me I let him pass instead of accelerating to 70+ mph There are no miracles, my FE is made by hypermiling, not by a fairy grandmother
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