Monday, November 16, 2009

Diesel Powered Motorcycle

As if you have not guessed already, I like motorcycles. While I was doing research on, and looking for, different styles and types of small engines for a bike/motorcycle I wondered again about Diesel powered units. As my search for a frame builder and an American company that could supply engines, gas or diesel I have come across only one company. The sad part is the diesel engine is not available for civilian use...yet. But I'm working on it.
There is another man I have come in contact with whom has developed a gas V-twin engine, has a running on the road unit doing tests, and is hoping to produce the engine. This engine has an awesome sound and a fantastic retro-art deco look to it. Of course offering assitance and willing to invest a bit in the project was something I had to do. Nothing is at all firm but I'll be ready to help when he does take the plunge if asked. (That reminds me, I need to get with him on something)

Now, finding an American made engine to use in small to medium size motorcycles has become quite the challenge as to has the frame. So has the diesel been elusive so far, but all is not lost. During my inquiries back and forth with Jack from HDTusa (Hayes Diversified Technologies), he is going to check for me to see what the possibilities are for a future release for civilian use. In fact he gave me an invite to the Crown Expo in Fayetteville North Carolina for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to check out the bikes. This would have been such a good deal for me and an opportunity to ask him lots of questions. Like a lot of folks though there was not enough time for me to get off from my work to attend, what a bummer.
Here is what I know, the diesel motorcycle they make is the M1030-M2 670cc JP8 military unit with a range of 408 miles from its 4.25 gallon tank. It can also use several types of fuel, diesel, jetA1, Avtur, aviation, kerosene and biodiesel only to name a few. That is some diversity for getting where you need to go.

Jack gave me a link to check out the two motorcycles they make for military use and here I'll share it if anyone else is interested. Maybe if others appeal to them at HDT it would help get some of the engines freed up for civilian use, of course, then I could begin building the bikes. Give me some feedback and spread it around.


RazorsEdge2112 said...

That would make a sweet long distance adventure bike.

WooleyBugger said...

sure would Razor, and you wouldn't be tied down to just one type of fuel so you could pick the cheapest on the road. It has something like a 400 mile range to the tank to.