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Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:07 PM
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Thanks, guys!

I didn't do as well on the way home (expected after all this time driving it in the Insight) but didn't do horribly. The temp was a bit higher but the wind fought me the entire way back. Once home I discovered the tires were all set at 35PSI. That is "repaired" now.

Still, it was a blast to drive even with low tire pressure!

55F, 11mph cross/headwind from the WNW, sunny:

5.8 mi/kWh over 14.8 mi --> 194.6 MPGe
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Fantastic numbers Sean - how do they compare to EPA? You'll soon think sub 200 is terrible!

Thanks for the explanation Kirk, I like the sound of the wienie run

...and again, another non-driving day for me. I save loads of fuel car pooling, I reckon about 4700+ miles on the commute or between $800 to $900 a year in diesel at our inflated prices.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:20 AM
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Hi people! Another tank from me It's a busy month.

82.563 US MPG (269.8 miles)

Not bad, considering
- I rode together with others in Austria. Hills are wonderful and I could glide extremely lot in the last leg of that together-with-16-other-bikes part (1/3 of the whole time I guess - perfect slopes, slowness in villages and whatnot) but I simply couldn't avoid braking now and then, the ones before me brake way too heavily and I kept a distance but there's a limit you know... But I'm content with myself, they breaked, like, all the time (every turn and the whole trip was a series of turns) and I did it rarely
- The second part was back home in the dark. We chose a straight national road and went moderately quickly without any hypermiling (we just glided a bit before villages/towns). P&G is tiring, the glide part is but a few seconds and it's not effective for my bike at this speed, and I wasn't just tired, I was worried because my baby bike had a loose and dry chain
- The third part was on bigger roads as well, no hills, again.
- I have no idea about tire pressure, I definitely will check it tomorrow.

Maintenance is over ~ My bike is in top form again, except maybe the tire pressure. No bad sign but maybe it's not ideal.
Transmission didn't change (it was the plan but there was a lil problem so it will be later this year) but Ciliegia got a new windshield... Well I think it's too short so I share Alvaro's experience about strong wind on my helmet. But wind don't keep me from high speed on windy days, it's more comfortable. The mechanic said airdrag should be better now, bigger shields lower FE, not this one.
We'll see.
I'm really curious about my (and Alvaro's) numbers on the 48-hour tour, there will be 5 tanks!
I want better results from now on.

On the way home I experienced I'm MUCH better now, I take turns quicker and I'm brave/confident and with a reason at that. It's good, I usually brake because I get scared of some turns... (I ride little in cities.) Even if I glide, it's not so much fun and I'm as a hedonist even NEED fun to be good. Even my bread turns out worse if my mood isn't good :P
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Hi, Gord! Most people seem to get in the 3.5 mi/kWhr range. Reversing the formula I'm using to get MPGe and using the EPA combined rating of 99, it seems the EPA rates it at 2.9 mi/kWhr.

Guess I'm still a hypermiler, eh?

Way to go shiNIN!! I'm sure you'll continue to get better every day you ride.

It is cooler this morning but I managed to equal yesterday's commute.

46F, 3mph tailwind from the NNW, clear:
  • 14.8mi @ 6.0mi/kWhr --> 201.36 MPGe
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Sean... that's just ridiculous!

It was POURING rain on the way home last night. We got 2.5 inches in about an hour, on top of Monday's 1 inch. We're good and wet now.

70.0 mpg - home in the rain
87.3 - to school and work this morning

The tank is still steady at 80.8 / 853 mi and 1/4 remaining.
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

I only did 80.3 miles yesterday before the wienie run, then I filled the tank and headed home to get my son. He didn't want to go, so it was a solo run.

Including the run home from the gas station, the wienie run, and the ride back home I put on another 68.5 miles.

46.01/162.3 miles for the fill up on the bike. I've never done better than 42 with this bike before. I blame the increased mileage on anticipatory driving learned here. I still am not making any attempt to hypermile the bike.

The next fill will be way less. The wienie run was all hard throttle and sudden braking. Not unlike ShiNIN's run, riding with that many other bikes doesn't help FE.
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Busy conditioning 56 new 100 AH lithium cells, one at a time. Sort of like watching a TV test pattern if your old enough to have watched the excitement.

two drives on the 7th
4.2 mi @ 192.2 MPGe
4.4 mi @ 180.6 MPGe

drive on the 8th
3.95 mi @ 202 MPGe

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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Yesterday we took Ciliegia to Budapest, to have the 30k km maintenance. While the mechanic was working on shiNIN's bike, we went on a 2-up trip (and stopped for a pizza) to see a bit of the kind of roads waiting us this weekend (this kind = small, twisty, bad quality). We had much stop&crawl, crawl&crawl, stop&wait traffic while we crossed Budapest twice (I stopped the engine dozens of times), then went through a couple of busy towns until we reached the Dunakanyar (Danube bend) so I'll at least the quarter of this tank will be city driving. May be the third... and 200km of 2-up. I'll be curious of this tank. I'll learn the numbers tomorrow, but I won't post until Monday evening (when I get back - right to work in a night shift...).



I did the oil/filter change on Teresa myself at home. It was dark and I spilled a bit, now I don't really know what should I do with the polluted soil, maybe I take it to a fuel station just like the used oil.





They reached these round numbers almost at once, on the way back.

OK, I've already packed most of the things I think I'll need, now I'm off for this long weekend. I'll be back with several tanks (unless I'll have to combine them thanks to the different method I'll use to measure FE during the 48-hour run...), but I'm not sure about the photos...
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

Thanks, Andrew! I actually discovered while showing the car to a coworker during lunch that the center console and the gauge cluster readout don't agree on the efficiency of my last trip. The center gauge reads 6.2mi/kWhr (208 MPGe) and that's a direct comparison to what I read for yesterday morning's trip (so I did 0.2 mi/kWhr better this morning ) but now I don't know which readout to trust as more indicative of the actual consumption.

Kirk, you really do rack up the miles!

Mike, once those LIon batteries are installed you'll leave me in the dust almost certainly. It is hard to compensate for a huge weight loss like that!!

Good luck, Alvaro!!
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Re: Week of May 7th - May 13th, 2012 (Nat Avg $3.80)

It was 52F this morning and the wind was NW@ 5 mph.This afternoon it was 61F and wind was NW@ 15-20 mph.
129.0 11.8-to work
113.5 11.9-back home
Day Total: 120.7mpg over 23.7 miles. The tank is up to 113.9 over 576.2 with 12/13 bars of 20 on the gauge.
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