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I know everyone is going to think this is something that should not even be thought of let alone suggested but think about it. Modern diesel engines can be relatively quiet, develop high torque at low revs and offer incredible fuel economy. In a renault megane 1.5 diesel I achieved an average of 67mpg during a weeks toruing holiday and a maximum of 74mpg at a steady 55/60mph. Top gear pick up at this speed is adequate, if only I can educate the wife to ride the torque and not try to drive it like a 16valve petrol.

If this type of output and economy could be married up to the ultimate touring machine I am sure after a while everyone would appreciate the benefits. After all aren't the americans now suffering what we have suffered for years high oil prices. Think about it before condemming. A good diesel tied up to either a semi automatic or fully automatic would make the best use of this.

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Diesel is now about $.36 a gallon less the petrol. Gas mileage is approx. 40 - 50% better than gas engines. So why not a diesel bike? Would be a little heavier and need extra battery power but an interesting concept.

Might work better for trikes than bikes but still interesting!
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I'd buy one.


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I'd be all over that...

Only drawback to a diesel is the cold weather issues, most bikes see little use in cold weather. Perfect marriage.


Edited to add: GOTTA be a turbodiesel. An intercooler might be nice, too.

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Diesel bikes are an interesting, and old idea. I think royal enfield made a model or two. There have been several atempts at making them, but nothing that has really gotten going. The millitary (I think britan and U.S.) have gotten behind a diesel motorcycle based off of the Kawasaki KLR650. I think they are a 500CC diesel thumper (diesels like big CC). Part of the reason for this bike is that motorcycles were the only gas powered thing the military uses, so guess what, it has to run on the same thing as everybody else.

As far as it goes I think it would do well in a touring bike like the wing, or cruisers. I don't think sport bikes would do the best with then, but I have seen some info about diesel sport bikes as well.

Mind you, I know everything about nothing and nothing about everything.
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well that's certainly a better response than I thought I'd get ! been expecting men in dark suits and sunglasses to pay me a visit.

Until recently Honda did not market a diesel car in the UK, but when they did it was a good one. They looked likethey waited till the tech was good then copied and improved on everyone else's, nothing changed since the sixties then !

They are I would think the only one of the major mfr's who have the technology and capability to do this, so mother honda how about it ?

I for one would love to see a reply to this from them on this site

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Hell ya, great idea to ponder.

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what's to dream about, all you guy's have been able to live with the crap economy of an overweight bike due to low gas prices, across the pond thank's to our PM's love affair with your megalomaniac leader, we've been taxed to death on our gas cost regardless of what the initial cost of crude cost was.

What I'm saying is the idea is possible, the wing makes an ideal format to use this idea on, 0-60 is not relevant nor is top speed, what matters is how far you can go in a day in comfort and how long is it going to last !

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