I've been looking at more fuel efficient cars, and am really excited about the Elio: http://www.eliomotors.com/
This is a 2-seat, three-wheeled, 55hp vehicle that will sell in the USA for $6800, and get 84mpg (US, which is about 100mpg Imperial). Hopefully it will also come to Canada
But, the question for all new purchases is "could I use this on a canoe trip". Clearly, the vehicle does not have the capacity for 2 adults with a full load of canoe-trip equipment/supplies. However, most of this stuff is just bulky, not heavy. 55hp is more than adequate to move it (in fact, 1/8th of a horsepower gets it all over the portages), but I wonder about the stability at speed/handling/braking. I'm envisioning a very light trailer that has racks for one canoe - with the food/equipment on a platform underneath the canoe, maybe 350lbs total including the ultralight trailer.
I am confident that if a motorcycle could do this, so could the Elio, which would mean the 5-passenger Mitsubishi Mirage (bigger, but only 64mpg/hwy-most fuel efficient non-hybrid car in Canada) would not be necessary. I've long believed that the smallest car would be adequate for a canoe trip, but the Elio might require a special trailer (the cost of which would be easily offset by the savings in price and gas).
So - has anyone towed a canoe with a motorcycle? How did it go? Any issues in side winds?