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Might be a fun thing to do.

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Jonathan Bartlett, 2005 VW Jetta TDI diesel


Sorry 'bout that. I neglected to let you know that the late substitution entry was a 1998 Jetta.


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ZX2 2000 wrote:

Might be a fun thing to do.

That would be great Richard. I've got three so far that want to have another go at the excellent Bryon Seyfried original economy run course.

Right now we're looking at Sunday October 16th.

Jonathan, thanks for the correction. I have edited the listings.
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Sounds good.
As of Monday Rt 5 west of Fonda was closed.
due to flood damage. Should be open by Oct. 16.
Bridge construction near the Mobil station has things torn up but should be OK.


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Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship Results

The first ever Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship went off under perfect weather conditions on September 18th, out of Williamstown, MA. The theme of the event was "Cars vs Bikes" and Steve Mauk of Max BMW Motorcycles, organized the roster of 17 motorcycles. Although the event was open to any motorcycle, only two non BMW bikes came out to play. One was a Kawasaki KL 250 and the other a Harley Davidson Street Glide. On the car/truck side of things we had 9 entries.
 
In prior A.M.E.C. economy run events the best that a motorcycle was able to achieve [Ernie Yue's '08 Kawasaki Ninja 250] was 73.06 mpg.

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However the record books [and the cars] were overhauled by Steve Mauk's 103.65 mpg figure, riding a completely stock 2011 BMW G650-GS.


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Steve [on the right] is over six feet tall and he mounted a pillow on the tank to rest on as he crouched as low as possible for the full 105 miles of the course, which wound it's way through the Berkshires of MA, continuing though portions of VT and NY. Needless to say he was a bit stiff after getting off of the bike! You can hear it in his voice in the event video link in the last post. The award is being presented by Max BMW's Ben Stratton.

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Mount Greylock was the biggest challenge for all of the participants, but especially for the cars, as their mass necessitated using engine braking to keep their brakes from overheating down the long narrow decent.

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Jim Stoddard rode BMW's brand new 1600cc touring bike, the 2011 K1600GTL with its 1649cc inline-six, and managed to get 59.55 mpg with it. He didn't even remove the bags or top case!
 
Jonathan Bartlett topped the Diesel/Hybrid class with a stellar 79.38 mpg figure in a borrowed '98 VW Jetta TDi. Now that's impressive. I wish I had a picture of the car. There was nothing visible done to it!

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Steve handed out awards to all other participants.

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Our friend Hobbit was there with his 2004 Toyota Prius

More event pictures can be viewed here: Fuel Economy Contest - MAX BMW - Andrew Phillips

Motorcycles under 700cc:

1. Steve Mauk, 2011 BMW G650-GS [single] - 103.65 mpg

2. Bruce Lemeiux, 2009 BMW F650GS [single] - 95.02 mpg

3. Gregg Templeton, 2002 Kawasaki KL 250 Super Sherpa - 88.60 mpg

4. Fred Jones, 2009 BMW F650GS [single] - 80.09 mpg

5. Joe Warner, 1964 BMW R27 - 76.58 mpg

6. Max Stratton, 1967 BMW R50/2 - 72.514 mpg

7. Jeff Parker, 1967 BMW R50/2 - 64.97 mpg

8. Andrew Phillips, 1968 BMW R60/2 - 64.93 mpg

9. Michael Conway, BMW - 50.70 mpg

Motorcycles over 700cc:

1. Chris Benda, 2010 F650GS [twin 800cc actual] - 75.485 mpg

2. Ben Stratton, BMW 2010 R12R - 71.575 mpg

3. Max Schling, 2011 BMW F800ST - 70.328 mpg

4. Jeff Frisch, 2003 BMW R1100S - 67.093 mpg

5. Rick Butterfield, 2010 BMW R1200GSA - 50.823 mpg

6. George Yonnone, 1992 BMW K100RS - 49.203 mpg
 
7. Steve Remslow, 2012 Harley Davidson, Street Glide - 49.065 mpg

Gas Cars:

1. Mike Kamm, 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R - 76.12 mpg
 
2. Ken Snowman, 1990 VW Jetta [gas] - 53.51 mpg
 
3. Gabrielle Isenbrand, 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol S - 49.05 mpg
 
4. Ron Kienhuis, 2001 Subaru Forester - 36.01 mpg
 
Diesels/Hybrids:

1. Jonathan Bartlett, 1998 VW Jetta TDI diesel - 79.38 mpg
 
2. Hobbit, 2004 Toyota Pruis - 70.6 mpg
 
3. Arthur Evans, 2000 Honda Insight - 68.27 mpg
 
4. Louise Kodela, 2000 Honda Insight - 62.2 mpg
 
Trucks:

1. Carter Willey, 1980 Iveco Zeta 100 [diesel] - 24.28 mpg

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Check out this great short video of the event:





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Wow, looks like the aeros really worked.
Where did you hide the extra gas tank ? emoticon

The motorcycles should draft like the bicycle racers do.

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I'd like to see an economy run where the average speed has to exceed 50 mph.

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Managing Airflow


Check this out. Big rigs stand more to gain from increasing mpg's than we commuters do.

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Love the Moon discs! If you consider how many miles they drive every day, just saving 1 mpg can add up to huge savings ever year!

Oddly enough, the truck above does not have a "freight wing" under the trailer like this:
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BMI Corporation, along with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have developed a set of aerodynamic fairings that are claimed to reduce fuel consumption of long-haul semi trucks by 7-12 percent. The aerodynamic add-ons, which BMI calls the SmartTruck UnderTray System, include five individual components that reduce the drag coefficient of tractor trailers.

BMI claims its SmartTruck UnderTray System could cut diesel fuel consumption by 1.5 billion gallons annually, provided that all 1.3 million (Class 8) long-haul semi trucks on U.S. roads were outfitted with its drag-reducing setup. The reduction in fuel usage would result in the elimination of approximately 16.4 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.



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Here's some food for thought for all of our Neon drivers.
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Ivan, Tom and Kathryn Baird, this could be you!




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