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Old 11-19-2006, 08:35 PM   #1
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It´s not the first commercially available diesel bike: there have been several in Germany - based on Royal Enfield frame and various low-tech diesel engines.

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Old 11-19-2006, 08:38 PM   #2
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first commercially available in the US, probably. but there have been diesel bikes elsewhere in the world.





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Old 11-19-2006, 08:45 PM   #3
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wups. too late. thats what you get for looking for a link first. haha! but not just germany. I think the first diesel enfield was in India, the Enfield Robin. Our milkman used to deliver milk on one and I recall as a child being mystified by the wierdness of it.





anyway, another good link on a diesel bullet.





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Old 11-20-2006, 12:23 AM   #4
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Nice idea, but telling us how much torque it produces and how it can 'kill' BMW GSs misses the point. What really matters is how much fuel it uses. Or, better still, doesn't.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:29 AM   #5
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And exactly how big is the market for this bike? GS killer, what a joke! May be, just may be, a KLR killer at three to four times the cost.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:37 AM   #6
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How does that torque come into play? Quick off the line, hill climbing, towing? I'm guessing it doesnt equate to a lot of hp or top speed, so rpms must stay low. Maybe someone who's not a smart ass can enlighten us on torque vs. hp in a diesel, weight considerations etc.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:16 AM   #7
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Motorcycles have typically been linked with passion here in the USofA. That is just about the most dispassionate machine I've ever looked upon. I wish them luck and they sure are gonna need it. And do remember that diesel fuel lubes up a tire right quick so be careful out there kiddies.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:34 AM   #8
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So how exactly is this coming to the U.S.? They haven't appointed a distributer yet, but all the bikes are spoken for.



"we have received more than 2000 purchase requests already," Vegt told Gizmag. "For now we will only target the EU market, but we have already appointed a U.S. distributor which will be announced in 2007."

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Old 11-20-2006, 03:54 AM   #9
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"the world is drowning in burned fossil fuels."



Good thing there is no hyperbole in this article. Those gizmag guys sound real objective.



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Old 11-20-2006, 03:57 AM   #10
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I didn't know the Rocket III made twice the torque of any other motorcycle.
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