In 1964, when I began designing, motorcycles got 43 miles per gallon and cars got 10. It is why I designed for motorcycles. But by the early 80s, motorcycles were getting less while cars like Honda's Civic were getting more. This was embarrassing to me. Where was our advantage? I decided to design and make a very high mileage motorcycle with a twist: It would also incorporate maximum comfort and storage. Thus, "High Mileage Luxury Touring Bike".
This led to the "Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Runs" of the 1980s. Which led to 470 miles per gallon. This machine is now in the AMA's Hall of Fame Museum.