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  • Doing more with more

    Craig Vetter often talks about doing more with less -- it's the positive socioeconomic philosophy that powers his high-mileage fuel contests. One of these contests, which happen a few times a year, will be at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, this July 19-21.

    Terry Hershner is a fan of Craig's. On Friday at midnight, Terry left San Diego headed for Jacksonville, Fla. Terry wants to cross the United States at a record pace for an electric motorcycle rider.

    To make that happen, he has streamlined his 2012 Zero Model S electric motorcycle and has fitted it with extra batteries and chargers. Terry's bike might not be the poster child for minimalist design, but it certainly is cool, and we wish him all the luck.

    You can follow Terry on Vetter's website: If it all works out, he should be arriving in Florida very soon.

    Terry Hershner

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  • It's great to see Vetter back in the MPG business!

    You may have seen that Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter, the guy who gave the world the Windjammer fairing and pushed motorcycle fuel economy to the forefront in the 1980s with a series of fuel-economy challenges, is back with a new version of his high-mpg contest.

    As detailed in a press release here, the contest is, as you would expect from Craig, a laid-back affair that takes participants over some of the best roads on the Monterey Peninsula and compares who did it for the least money.

    What's really cool though, is that this directly harkens back to Craig's first  economy runs in the 1980s—several of which were run in the Monterey area. The first was won by a rider who got 97.9 mph. The last, under controlled—meaning very slow—racetrack conditions was won by a rider who reached 477 mpg!

    Throughout most of the runs, Vetter competed on what may be the first modern-day feet-foward motorcycle, his 22 hp "Luxury Touring Streamliner." These days, he's running the same idea in his latest creation, a fully-faired version based on a scooter platform.

    Even better? Craig's original fuel-economy bike is on display here at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum at AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio. Stop by and check it out if you're in the neighborhood!

    Oh, and you've probably already figured this out, but Vetter's own website is one of the best moto-deep-dives on the web—there's all kinds of cool stuff there from motorcycling's most endearing professor. Check it out!

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