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Planning for this summer's Scooter Cannonball. Trying to decide how to best load my gear to have least impact on MPG. Granted I'm only going as a tourist but still prefer to minimize stops. Figuring somebody on here probably has done the math - is there much difference loading up front rack vs back of seat vs rear rack; etc

I suspect impact is likely minimal but curious just the same. FWIW I'm on a 2021 HPE with windshield
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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aero effect is dependant on speed.

you say as a tourist not a racer so what's your predicted cruising or average speed ...
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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He'll still be going WOT. So 80-ish mph. Huge drag. Best to have the front as streamlined as possible.
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I'm not a WOT guy. When we did a work up ride our average speed across an 8 hour day was 45-ish.
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under the seat.
on the floor.
Vespa topcase
Support truck.

In that order.

45 mph? That's fast for a moped.
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Motovista wrote:
under the seat.
on the floor.
Vespa topcase
Support truck.

In that order.

45 mph? That's fast for a moped.
Yes. Agree.
A GTS 300 is not a moped.
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TheMayor wrote:
I'm not a WOT guy. When we did a work up ride our average speed across an 8 hour day was 45-ish.
Curious: how complicated/simple is the math here? If this is just miles covered over hours and doesn't stop the clock for breaks, refueling, etc... that's about the same as my travel time when I avoid interstates. It's what I call my "business casual" pace: doesn't matter how big or small of a bike I'm on.
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