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  Reply # 2087420 11-Sep-2018 11:17
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Riding an (e)bike sounds nice. Several of my middle aged colleagues ride to work. I can't bring myself to do it. I don't want to arrive at work dirty and wet and needing a change of clothes. I don't want to take 35 minutes when I can drive there in 20. And most of all, I don't want to risk getting nudged by a passing vehicle and leaving my wife and 3 kids without a dad and earner.

 

All probably not quite valid arguments but can't get myself past them.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2087429 11-Sep-2018 11:24
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How far is your commute? I've often thought of switching to an eBike for mine (about 24Km each way). I do ride my standard road bike occasionally and I can get it done in about 1hr 15mins. Not too bad considering the drive on a good day takes 40mins and up to and some times over an hour on a bad traffic day. 

 

Less than 5km across town, about 8 minutes car, 8-10 minutes Ebike. Home for lunch if I want. One of the benefits of living in a small town.

 

24km would likely need to charge up bike at work.  My Volto is three years old with slightly tired 14Ah battery, they are now 16Ah with a 22Ah option.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2087434 11-Sep-2018 11:37
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Either 15km to East Tamaki or 10km to Viaduct Harbour so a 30km or 20km round trip. 


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  Reply # 2087452 11-Sep-2018 12:02
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Senecio:

 

Coil:

 

fraserg:

 

 

Jeez I thought I was doing ok until reading this thread.

 

 

 

 

How does a corolla use that much fuel??? 

 

 

If its the Blade Master (or Master G) then a 3.5L V6 will do that driven hard through an automatic.

 

 

 

 

Yup. I don't drive much on the motorway either, so that doesn't help.

 

One tank lasts about two weeks.




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  Reply # 2087460 11-Sep-2018 12:19
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fraserg:

 

Senecio:

 

Coil:

 

fraserg:

 

 

Jeez I thought I was doing ok until reading this thread.

 

 

 

 

How does a corolla use that much fuel??? 

 

 

If its the Blade Master (or Master G) then a 3.5L V6 will do that driven hard through an automatic.

 

 

 

 

Yup. I don't drive much on the motorway either, so that doesn't help.

 

One tank lasts about two weeks.

 

 

 

 

Never knew they put a 3.5L V6 in a corolla.. 





 


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  Reply # 2087463 11-Sep-2018 12:30
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Coil:

 

Never knew they put a 3.5L V6 in a corolla.. 

 

 

Whoop, that would be fun, like a 3.2l A3, or an a45 Merc.





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  Reply # 2087476 11-Sep-2018 12:59
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Coil:

 

Never knew they put a 3.5L V6 in a corolla.. 

 

 

Whoop, that would be fun, like a 3.2l A3, or an a45 Merc.

 

 

 

 

Well yeah a flimsy japanese shell that wasn't designed for AWD applications. Hmmmmmmm, Fun like trying to stay alive or fun like a fast 3.2L A3 or A45?
Maybe I could be wrong but those gen Corollas didn't seem overly rigid and sporty.. 





 


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Coil:

 

davidcole:

 

Coil:

 

Never knew they put a 3.5L V6 in a corolla.. 

 

 

Whoop, that would be fun, like a 3.2l A3, or an a45 Merc.

 

 

 

 

Well yeah a flimsy japanese shell that wasn't designed for AWD applications. Hmmmmmmm, Fun like trying to stay alive or fun like a fast 3.2L A3 or A45?
Maybe I could be wrong but those gen Corollas didn't seem overly rigid and sporty.. 

 

 

And brake discs like milk bottle tops.

 

Like my old Mitzi Cordia turbo. Could go fast, but not that great at stopping.

 

 


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  Reply # 2087481 11-Sep-2018 13:08
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FWD holds it back a bit too.

 

But still fun in a straight line, once you get traction.


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  Reply # 2087506 11-Sep-2018 13:48
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FWD holds it back a bit too.

 

But still fun in a straight line, once you get traction.

 

 

Real boy racers don't care about corners or braking, just straight line speed.





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  Reply # 2090953 15-Sep-2018 08:27
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woohoo Fuelly just added the Blade as a Toyota Model. Now my lack of fuel economy is official.


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  Reply # 2090960 15-Sep-2018 08:52
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Coil:

 

Well yeah a flimsy japanese shell that wasn't designed for AWD applications. Hmmmmmmm, Fun like trying to stay alive or fun like a fast 3.2L A3 or A45?
Maybe I could be wrong but those gen Corollas didn't seem overly rigid and sporty.. 

 

 

There are kinds of Japanese oddities. I'm sure there was a 4WD Mitsubishi Mirage that could have an Evo engine bolted in with no modifications...

 

Speed is all relative of course, go to a track day, watch all the big Euro's and Aussie muscle cars. My brother and I would go down in Civics and Integras and drive them round at 8500rpm and have a blast. The Euro's and the Aussies would blow by on the straights and then we'd go past under brakes. Helped probably by weighing considerably less!!


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  Reply # 2092094 17-Sep-2018 17:57
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34675 km tracked

 

$4109 spent (more than the value of car)

 

60k round trip each work day.





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  Reply # 2092248 18-Sep-2018 07:26
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mudguard:

 

Coil:

 

Well yeah a flimsy japanese shell that wasn't designed for AWD applications. Hmmmmmmm, Fun like trying to stay alive or fun like a fast 3.2L A3 or A45?
Maybe I could be wrong but those gen Corollas didn't seem overly rigid and sporty.. 

 

 

There are kinds of Japanese oddities. I'm sure there was a 4WD Mitsubishi Mirage that could have an Evo engine bolted in with no modifications...

 

Speed is all relative of course, go to a track day, watch all the big Euro's and Aussie muscle cars. My brother and I would go down in Civics and Integras and drive them round at 8500rpm and have a blast. The Euro's and the Aussies would blow by on the straights and then we'd go past under brakes. Helped probably by weighing considerably less!!

 

 

 

 

Keep an eye out for Jordan Cox. Starts around 4:50. He will be going up the tiers of motorsport over the next few years too.

 

 

 





 


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  Reply # 2092263 18-Sep-2018 08:21
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It's amazing how much difference a 1.6km change in elevation makes over a 331km drive. On the weekend the drive from Auckland to the top of the Bruce Rd at Mt Ruapehu I averaged 7.8l/100km. On the drive back home I averaged 6.5l/100km! Similar traffic conditions each way - perhaps less traffic driving down meant higher average speed and worse economy though. 

 

 


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