Monday, January 5, 2009

A New Dutch Diesel Motorcycle

I must admit to a weakness for motorcycles of whatever kind - including the fossil fuel variety - though, of course, I do believe that electric motorcycles should be the way of the future. This is why this new offering of a diesel engined two wheel drive motorcycle by a Dutch company sounds very interesting to me: http://www.gizmag.com/the-2wd-track-diesel-motorcycle-with-cvt/10636/ For the kind of power and performance that it offers, it should be as fuel efficient as an Enfield Bullet if not better at regular speeds, and, of course, vastly better behaved and capable on the roads. What underlines the bike's "renewable energy" credentials is the fact that it can be ridden on bio-diesel or pure vegetable oil. I'm not sure how really clean either of those options are and I won't even try to go into that. What I will do is check up on this and post back in the future.

Gizmag also has a feature on an LPG driven bike at: http://www.gizmag.com/meet-the-greenfly-the-worlds-first-lpg-motorcycle/10414/ While there have been some dangerous experiments in India with mounting LPG cylinders on scooters and motorcycles, this tech couldbe a really good idea if some Indian motorcycle manufacturer wants to take it up.

Good opportunities, then, for someone who wants to use them. Will someone do this? Here's keeping my fingers crossed.

2 comments:

Mohanakrishnan B said...

Hello Mehul
Very interesting.So I can share this with you.A report in the Times of India a few days back states that Vandalur Zoo in Chennai which has a fleet of 12 battery operated vehicles for visitors,has acquired about a dozen diesel vehicles.They plan to buy some more.Zoo authorities admit that they would prefer battery operated vehicles but due to frequent power cuts and fluctuations in voltage they are unable to even put these existing ones to good use.In fact an Indian cobra belonging to a rare species is dead because they were unable to maintain the airconditioned enclosure at the required temperature.I thought your readers might like to know,though you would not be surprised.

Mehul Kamdar said...

If only the idiots had put solar roofs on the buildings there or put up a wind turbine, they would have been able to manage this crisis. After all, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of large wind turbines is an Indian company - Suzlon. The problem is that they are busy generating electricity in Minnesota in the USA because in India they do not really get paid even under PPAs with electricity boards.