Anyone following the "Elio" enclosed trike?

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  • DetourDFW

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    Concept is a cool idea, 80mpg enclosed trike for under 7k$ that comes with AC and a stereo? I don't believe the mpg figure, as all manufacturers tend to pad the results. I used to ride a Kawasaki 650R, supposedly was good for 50mpg but never saw anything above 35mpg(-1/+2, slip on, pcIII). The Elio doesn't look very good imo, but if it ends up at getting 70+mpg while still having a 0-60 under 10sec it would be an amazing commuter...
     

    dvmpiper

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    Yeah, I have. I used to follow the Aptera, but it fell through. Going to wait and see what comes of this. They are a bit ahead, as they have an actual manufacturing plant and are touting readily available, proven function pieces and parts.
     

    Younggun

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    Never heard of it.


    As for rated mileage, I've found I can get the rated mileage out of most vehicles, I'm just not willing to drive with the care required to do it. The slip on and programmer will generally decrease your MPG btw.

    My bike is rated around 50. I've gotten upwards of 60 and usually get mid to upper 40s.
     

    Acera

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    For those that don't know wtf it is....................
    Elio Motors: Ultra High Mileage Car

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    Younggun

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    At only 55hp, I bet the mileage drops like a rock when you kick the AC on or run against the wind.
     

    Younggun

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    Still, I've known people who look at bikes to save money on gas. This could fill that role at the same cost and be much more comfortable when the weather gets ugly.
     

    TheDan

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    Motorcycles are terrible aerodynamically. An enclosed trike like this should get much better mpg than a comparable bike. I'm wondering why it's only making 55hp with 900cc displacement, tho... Must have a decent amount of room for tuning in there.

    This appeals to the nerd side of me. I've thought of building an enclosed trike before and at under $7k this seems like a viable option.
     

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    Motorcycles are terrible aerodynamically. An enclosed trike like this should get much better mpg than a comparable bike. I'm wondering why it's only making 55hp with 900cc displacement, tho... Must have a decent amount of room for tuning in there.

    This appeals to the nerd side of me. I've thought of building an enclosed trike before and at under $7k this seems like a viable option.

    Good point on the aerodynamics.

    55hp seems about right to me. Same ballpark as V-twin bike engines, not sure where splitting the displacement between 3 cylinders would push it compared to a 2-cylinder though.
     
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