Today was a slow day, so I was reading this thread from start to finish. Luke's location sounds prime for a first time, go it alone start for the eMotion World Challenge
The last couple of days I have been re-reading about Craig Vetter. He was mentioned here a few months ago with his streamliner cycles/scooters and how he was trying to crack 100 real mpg with a practical, fun vehicle. Now Craig used to sponsor mileage challenges from 1980 to 1984 see: http://www.craigvetter.com/pages/470MPG ... tests.html
Now Craig sure has connections and knows how to organize. Note he was in Ohio for the gathering of Sreamliners at the AMA Vintage days: http://www.craigvetter.com/pages/470MPG ... iners.html
Now it looked like they had track time, and had a ball with gassers and eVehicles intermixing freely.
Interest is growing in the possibilities of streamlining and fuel economy. The Hall of Fame tent was filled. I invited electric pioneers Kraig Schultz, Matthew Childress, Randy Reisinger, Bryan Wilcox and Wolfgang Moeschei of Germany (fresh from X Prize prelims) to interact with traditional motorcyclists. We learned... they learned. The AMA provided display room for their machines. Additionally, they were able to take a lap around the Mid Ohio Raceway. It was a great weekend for all.
Note Craigs comment below:
My goal is to allow real streamlining on the race tracks so that less energy will be required. Azhar Hussain, rt, founder of the TTXGP, Jeremy Burnes and I discuss ways to incorporate real streamlining into the new electric motorcycle racing. With real streamlining, electric bikes will go farther on a charge
A lap around Mid Ohio... nice course. Note the number of electrics on the page I linked above!!! I think Craig would support efforts in electric's!
Perhaps Luke, or one of you other knowledgeable, revved up guys should contact Craig with your ideas and see what he might offer up? He has an interest in high mileage and loves cycles. If he gets behind this, it would "light up!" All motorcycle guys know we came from the era of "motor bikes"... Indians, Whizzers, etc. that just "grew up" It might work to connect eMotion World Challenge
with Motorcycles and the AMA? What do you all think?
Perhaps Luke could even take a road trip to Craig's shop to talk to him? He seems like a really nice, semi-retired good guy from reading his web site, and his life's activities. I think he would have a lot of advice to freely offer, and ideas for speed!
I've kept looking and Craig Vetter says he is 50 miles from Hollister CA (Further digging shows: Vetter Design Works, Inc. P.O. box 223820 Carmel, CA 93922), which is south of San Francisco say 80 miles. Luke is south of Seattle WA 30 or 40 miles I think... that makes oh... 800 ish miles +120 -50 or so... guess that is not "next door..."
For those of you that might not know, Craig Vetter was the creator of the Windjammer universal fairing for us touring motorcyclists in the 80''s. It made for a much more enjoyable ride for those of us that toured cross country. We used to gas up, set it at 100 mph and burn a tank across the great plains, then rinse and repeat...