Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Point, Oregon, USA
I know this is an old post, But,
A Diesel Bike done properly is very feasible. There are many Pros and much less cons @ 80-100 Miles Per Gallon.
The next time (This summer) gas goes way up, it will be at least $3.50/gallon for regular, some people are saying expect close to $4.00/gallon. This because We the USA have slowed way down, and practically stopped all production of oil, so more demand on foreign means higher gas prices.
There are about 5 good Diesel engine manufacturers. I good Japanese manufacturer is Kubota, they make a 1500cc Turbo Diesel engine.
Diesel engines in general put out much less Horsepower for a given size than a Gasoline engine.
But a Diesel's can produce a good amount of torque, and does it at a much lower RPM, than a gasoline engine would.
Kubota has a 1500cc turbo diesel engine puts out 45 H.p. & about 88 ft lbs of torque at 1800rpm @ 250 lbs.
Kubota also has a 2400cc Turbo Diesel 4 cylinder Engine with an output of only 59 h.p. but has good amount of torque @ 122 ft/lbs of Torque @ 1700 rpm, if that's not good enough to make you bells ring, it produces 114 ft lbs of torque at 1300rpm.
This engine may be better suited to a trike as the engine is heavy at 415 lbs
With that much torque at such a low rpm, you may be able to do burn outs right off the line, like a car, no holding the front brake, and you better hold on.
That torque is similar to a GL1800 at 125 ft lbs, but the GL1800 makes it's torque at 4000-rpm.
Think about 80 miles per gallon. If you used the same gas tank let call it a 6.0 gallon tank, that a Goldwing uses 6 gal. x 80 mpg = 480 miles per tank of fuel extended range.
vs about 220 miles per tank for a Gl1800
that' .09 cents per mile for Gasoline
vs .04 cents per gallon of Diesel
Even though Diesel cost a little more at the pump it is still much less, because the the technology more than doubles your range for the same amount of fuel
well thats enough on that subject
for right now anyway
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