1056 Miles on Saturday

Dave Daniels dwaynedaniels at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 31 12:59:56 PDT 2007

I know the feeling. Back when Dave Beard had his first GPZ, we went together to Mid Ohio for Vintage Motorcycle Days. I was riding an '87 Connie at the time with that big honkin' 7.5 gallon gas tank. I went through that whole tank before Dave went through one of his on the GPZ. Totally disheartening to say the least.

D Peterson <gpzzzzzer at hotmail.com> wrote:  My brother was so disgusted by his fuel expenses that he vowed to sell the 
Valkarie when he got home.

>From: "Buehrle, Michael" 
>Subject: RE: 1056 Miles on Saturday
>Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 14:54:22 -0400
>To make matters even worse the VTX has obviously been detuned to meet 
>emissions or not overpower it's 800 lb. chassis or both. I have not perused 
>the vtx message boards but I'm sure with a good set of pipes and some fuel 
>system remapping there is more power to be had. It's certainly not slow but 
>it feels like there's something missing from the 1800 cc's on tap.
>It was a beautiful day and I got to ride but I still just "don't get" the 
>cruiser concept. On the design sheet it seems that functionality and 
>performance are an afterthought but form and style are first criteria.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bob Sims [mailto:bob.sims at us.army.mil]
>Sent: July 31,2007 1:11 PM
>To: gpzlist at micapeak.com
>Subject: RE: 1056 Miles on Saturday
> > I borrowed my friend Dan's(known to some here as "Tequilla
> > Dan")Honda VTX 1800 last weekend and got 20 miles/gal.
> > Simply amazing that modern bikes can get the same mileage or
> > darn near what my 5300 pound Chevy 4X4 does on the highway.
> > Seems to defy physics....
>No kidding, I was thinking the same thing... he should get something more
>fuel-efficient, like a full-size pickup truck!
>And the "vintage" 45-degree big twin in my Buell gets consistent 45-50
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