|Royal Enfield Dreamliner brought streamlining to motorcycles.|
Any Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle is capable of 70 miles per gallon without even trying. Why bother improving it? I'm almost convinced that more fuel evaporates from the tank in my hot Florida garage than I burn on the road.
With gas at $4 a gallon, perhaps it is fortunate that some people are more concerned about the mileage possibilities of Royal Enfield motorcycles. For instance, Peter S. on the Ecomodder website:
|The Dreamliner was perfectly capable of going around corners.|
But bodywork left little clearance for kick starting.
Ecomodder's motto is "wrench smart, drive smarter, save fuel." It describes itself as "an automotive community where performance is judged by fuel economy rather than power and speed." Members have built their own electric motorcycles and used pizza tins as aerodynamic wheel covers on pickup trucks.
|The Dreamliner was far sleeker than the naked motorcycle.|
The Dreamliner was actually a 1956 experiment in cooperation with The Motor Cycle. The futuristic fairing was mounted to an old 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet.
|Tests showed leaning down didn't improve performance.|
|Dreamliner had cooling ducts, but motor was boxed in by bodywork.|
|Elaborate bodywork was designed to be removed easily without tools.|
Saving gas is good but the Dreamliner's looks didn't please everyone. Blogger Jorge Pullin at My Royal Enfields has done repeated items comparing the Dreamliner to the Messerschmitt bubble car, "a sad frog" and an alien from outer space.
|To me, Dreamliner looks best from above.|