On paper, they seem comparable (enough). Cycleworld says the honda can get 90mpgs vs the ninja at 60mpgs.
Please give me your opinions not based on "for new riders"--you wish if you want but for over all hypermiler attributes and personal opinions. For the record, I will be getting my first bike next year.
Edit: Main purpose...commuting to school and/or work. Work is about 50miles round trip, school is same city as home.
You're right, I'm sure it's about the same as for cars' epa ratings--driver dependent.
I really wish I there were to dedicated riders here or elsewhere who ride those two bikes for fuel efficiency (the way hypermilers think) and could tell me their experience. I've been reading the motorbike forums and I am leaning towars the Ninjette.
I know how FI engines work with DFCO and such, in engines with carburetors, they keep pumping gas even when DFCO should occur? Is there a way to manually keep the engine starved of gas? (thinking of long hill descents)
From reading motorcycling forums, I get the idea that you need to have the engine on and engaged in gear from a safety stand point. Don't know when you may need to accelerate out of a dangerous situation and such.
Carburetors kinda just put the gas out there and allow the air that's rushing past to pull fuel while it goes. You would need to invent the DFCO-capable carburetor. There were computer-controlled carburetors on cars for a short time, and I'm not sure what the computer was able to control, but possibly they could DFCO. I don't know if bikes have them or not.
You will get the same idea about sudden acceleration on any non-hypermiling forum. Having never operated a motorcycle I can't say for sure whether or not it's true for motorcycles; for cars it is definitely not true. A car driver who cannot brake and steer out of danger is a dangerous driver, not roadworthy, and absolutely should not be using a manual transmission. Vehicular bicyclists do much of their riding at or near prevailing motor vehicle speeds and operate as a motorcyclist does but without the ability to suddenly accelerate, for what that's worth.