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Old 11-20-2002, 05:31 PM   #1
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Saw it in CycleWorld a year or so ago.
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Old 11-20-2002, 05:33 PM   #2
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My cousin road one in the army many years ago (a diesel KLR). He said that they were nearly silent for recon missions.
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Old 11-20-2002, 05:58 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's true. The Jarheads actually managed to figure out the value of a motorcycle for recon and communications. HOORAH!!!
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Old 11-20-2002, 06:10 PM   #4
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Gosh - this should drive the Highway Man totally berserk. Nothing soils chaps worse than diesel, and lord only knows what sort of colorful neologisms he'll need to coin in order to appropriately villipend this development. "Glow-plug atrociteurs" has a nice ring to it...
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Old 11-20-2002, 06:56 PM   #5
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This month's issue of the Brit mag "Ride" has a long article on the subject bike and diesal bikes in general. Bought my copy at Borders Books. Max torque same as the KLR but at 2500 rpm instead of 5000.

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Old 11-20-2002, 07:24 PM   #6
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The purpose of the KLR diesel is to fulfill NATO demands. Everything that happens as a NATO operation that requires fuel burning engines (except aircraft of course) must be diesel, in order to increase supply efficiency.
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:06 PM   #7
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I thought it was ooh rah
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:06 PM   #8
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That Ride article is quite good. I never realized the potential of diesel in a bike before. Lotus engineer speculated there could be a 1200 cc 9hp diesel bike with 160 ft/lbs of torque. Would sound strange and shred tires I bet.
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:30 PM   #9
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Actually, it's the same motor adapted to run on JP-8, the same fuel that goes into HMMWVs, F-18s and M-1 jet engined Abrahms tanks. The same fuel goes for all to cut down on logistics of acquiring, storing and dispensing multiple fuel types into (hopefully) the appropriate vehicle. Fog of war, and all that, you know......
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:48 PM   #10
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This would be a very interesting engine. If my recollection is correct (it's late) the formula for horsepower is Torque (in pound-feet) X RPM / 5250 = HP. If that is correct and I did the math correctly, this engine would be turning under 300 RPM. Not bothering with decimal pints I get 160 X 295 / 5250 = 9HP. Sounds like some kind of industrial engine, it wouldn't shred a bicycle tire, sorry.



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