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Fuel economy is a hot topic these days thanks to escalating fuel prices. Luckily, as enthusiasts are aware, motorcycles can be cost-effective transportation. Even larger three- and four-cylinder bikes can achieve 40 to 50 mpg, which is still far better than the average driver’s crossover. And smaller-displacement single- and two-cylinder engines are often capable of more miles per gallon.

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We’ve written before concerning fuel-efficient motorcycles. Many of those fuel-sipping options are still available, but there are now more models out there for mpg-minded buyers.

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Note that fuel economy may be affected by a number of factors: riding style, road conditions, load, tire pressure, and so on. This list contains a mixture of manufacturer claims, reader testimony, and averages found during our testing.

Honda Grom

This mini motorcycle does a fantastic job at sipping from its 1.6-gallon fuel tank.
This mini motorcycle does a fantastic job at sipping from its 1.6-gallon fuel tank. (Honda/)

Honda claims a mind-boggling 166.5 mpg for the Grom, but real-world results do vary. Editor Adam Waheed averaged “only” 98 mpg when he tested the 2022 model. One reader tallied 134 mpg. Honda’s other 125cc single-cylinder-powered mini motos like the Trail 125, Monkey, and Super Cub will likely see similar fuel economy figures. There’s also the 109cc Navi which makes a claimed 110 mpg.

Yamaha TW200

You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to filling up the tank. Dual sport fun can be had with the TW200 that averages 78 mpg.
You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to filling up the tank. Dual sport fun can be had with the TW200 that averages 78 mpg. (Yamaha/)

Yamaha claims the TW200, like the V-Star, can get an estimated 78 mpg. This cult-favorite dual sport is as indifferent to fuel prices as it is to terrain changes and should certainly be on the radar of fuel-conscious riders. Fat, knobby-ish tires will help conquer trails while its 196cc four-stroke single sips frugally away.

Suzuki GSX250R ABS

Suzuki’s small GSX-R is a cost-saving streetbike for beginners.
Suzuki’s small GSX-R is a cost-saving streetbike for beginners. (Suzuki/)

Suzuki is right on the money when it claims the GSX250R makes around 76 mpg; one reader claimed they achieved about 75 mpg over 6,200 miles. This fully faired sportbike makes impressive gas mileage for new riders pulling away down the freeway or canyon roads.

Honda CBR500R ABS

The 471cc is a proven commuter-friendly engine with great mpg results.
The 471cc is a proven commuter-friendly engine with great mpg results. (Honda/)

The sleek CBR500R is a sporty commuter that also delivers impressive fuel economy; the newest model achieved a tested 67 mpg, with one reader claiming their 2013 model hit 62 mpg. Since the naked CB500F and adventure-styled CB500X share the same 471cc engine, riders can choose between a few different flavors of Honda’s fuel-friendly midsize parallel twin.

Honda NC750X

Over 50 mpg for a higher-displacement bike like the NC750X is impressive.
Over 50 mpg for a higher-displacement bike like the NC750X is impressive. (Honda/)

During our MC Commute, the NC750X was able to get a noteworthy 53.5 mpg, but some riders have claimed that it can get upwards of 60-plus mpg. We wrote: “Settling into 75 mph, the NC spins around 4,500 rpm in top gear, which lends itself to superb fuel economy.” So whether you are highway flogging with the manual transmission or making practical use of the DCT automatic transmission around town, the NC is a great higher-displacement motorcycle for all that and everything in between

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: Top 5 Fuel-Efficient Motorcycles 2022
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/reviews/top-5-fuel-efficient-motorcycles/
Published Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2022 17:11:22 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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