We barely got time to realize that another year has passed by and there’s another concept trike showing us how it may very likely be the thing we’ll ride or better said drive in the future. But if it’s still here, at least let’s welcome it as should. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Hawk!
The design belongs to 22-year-old Alex Hodge, a designer based in New Zeeland. The young man has imagined the trike of the future as a machine powered preferably by a powerful motorcycle engine, but which would protect the user with a cockpit-like covering that swings away to allow the entry and exit to and from the vehicle.
With an alloy chassis and 19-inch alloy wheels, we already know that the thing would be light and stable, but how does it do in the performance department? Well, it seems that this designer also thinks at fuel consumption so he visualizes Hawk concept as being powered by the 999cc V-Twin engine “borrowed” from the Honda RC51 motorcycle. Now that’s pretty good considering that the specific powerplant meets a great balance between power – 120 horses – and fuel consumption which depends on how much the trike will actually weigh.
We have to admit that it looks radical, but I can’t see why he didn’t sketch a fully-equipped pilot in it. After all, what’s the point of all that transparency if you can’t be spotted when riding in style? And don’t come to me with that “view” stuff because you can see the view as you’re watching where you’re going.
As economists predict, 2009 will be a very hard year for all of us so spending a great deal of money on gas is the worst thing that a commuter could do. According Suzuki (and most of the motorcycle manufacturers), the best solution is to turn to motorcycling and get as much as 82 mpg. You do the math, but don’t forget to include the actual price of the motorcycle. Good luck and a Happy New Year!
The price of fuel continues to skyrocket, and therefore feeding our thirsty rides becomes more and more expensive. But, it is expensive enough for us to start looking at our fuel consumption more carefully, or even start buying our motorcycles and scooters based on MPG figures?
Cars in most countries are legally bound to display their fuel consumption figures. You can purchase your car based on verifiable figures; speeds, power and MPG. But in the motorcycle industry, this is not the case.
No laws anywhere, including the already very strict state of California, demand that the manufacturers publish their figures. You’ll find on many motorcycle discussion forums threads about fuel consumption, but these are all figures recorded by individuals, and not in a harmonious way. If you ride your bike aggressively, your consumption will be way up.
So why, especially today, do manufacturers not display the MPG? Well, the answer is quite simple. There just aren’t enough motorcycle and scooters around to make it interesting for the politicians to legislate them to this degree. Secondly, two wheelers get a lot better fuel consumption then their counterparts. 50 mpg is not unheard off, and even higher for lower displacement motorcycles.
But thanks to a petrol crisis this is starting to change, Yamaha recently started publishing the fuel consumption on several of their (low end) scooter. Suzuki did similar in an ad campaign for the SV650 (it’s 54 mpg in case you’re wondering). Harley-Davidson did similar for one of their motorcycle line-ups.
But since there’s no standard protocol for measuring fuel consumption (e.g. running the bike at 60 mph, over 100 miles), the figures can not be seen as trustworthy.
There’s a website out there that allows individuals to enter the fuel consumption of their motorcycles and scooters. You can enter the fuel you’re consuming, and this way you can see the average for that model. (motorcyclefuelconsumption)
But in the end, will it stop people from buying more powerful motorcycles or scooters? Will you buy your next ride based on its MPG?
What do you think? Let us know, we’ll be interested in knowing.