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Old 01-22-2010, 06:11 AM   #1
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Honda CRF230 (-L, -M)

Hi all,
New to your wonderful site, surprised no CRF230s are in evidence.
Cycle World real-world road tested the CRF230L in July 2008 and it rewarded them, "returning almost 100 miles per gallon! That's an honest mileage figure, too, attained on a test loop that included freeway sections (at an indicated 65 mph), two-lane roads and lots of stop-and-go; no attempt was made to milk the mpg numbers."
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Sounds like a natural for we Gassavers, any thoughts? Experiences?
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Okay, I give up on experiences. Any thoughts?
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Hi Fuel Miser ,
Welcome to GasSavers. I agree the CRF 230 sounds like it has great potential for some high MPGs. If Cycle World is getting 100mpg out of it a dedicated hypermiler could get another 30% to 40% pretty easily. With some gearing and streamlining even more.
I try to use my motorcycle ( 1982 Yamaha Vision 550 cc V-twin)frequently depnding on the weather and how much stuff I have to carry. I average about 48mpg on it with a best tank of 61 mpg. A small motorcycle is a good option to reduce your fuel consumption and have some fun.
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I was hoping Honda would be rewarded for making a move in this direction. While allowing that most motorcycles are tuned for performance they still, by and large trail far behind in fuel efficiency. While I appreciate the challenges presented in designing a two wheeler for aerodynamic benefit I have to believe there are many other areas overdue for dramatic improvements. The primary detractor is marketing, I can't think of one ad I've seen touting a motorcycle's efficiency. Whether the marketplace cares I cannot claim to know. I do however recall the words of Henry L. Mencken, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
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I was hoping Honda would be rewarded for making a move in this direction. While allowing that most motorcycles are tuned for performance they still, by and large trail far behind in fuel efficiency. While I appreciate the challenges presented in designing a two wheeler for aerodynamic benefit I have to believe there are many other areas overdue for dramatic improvements. The primary detractor is marketing, I can't think of one ad I've seen touting a motorcycle's efficiency. Whether the marketplace cares I cannot claim to know. I do however recall the words of Henry L. Mencken, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."


I agree with this absolutely. Motorcycle manufacturers don't use technology that will improve mileage. There is no technical reason that a 150 to 200 cc single cylinder direct injected 2-stroke motorcycle can't reach 100 mph AND deliver 100 mpg when ridden at normal speeds. Aprillia has a 50 cc two stroke scooter. Why not a single cylinder direct injection stratified charge 200cc bike?
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