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Neander Diesel Turbo Motorcycle - A First !

23
June
2006
  Posted at 10:20:16 AM
  File under  New Products Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

The quest for a low gas consuming but still powerful motorcycle has been eternal. With high gas prices, using diesel is a way to relieve the wallet. But diesel motorcycles have had their share of problems in the past. They're not as fast as their "normal" counter parts, they rely on powerful starter engines, and they do shake, rattle & roll more than a standard bike. In other words, you'll not get the comfort modern-day motorcycles offer.

Neander motorcycle logo
We've probably all seen and read about the Kawasaki KLR modified to run on diesel (as used by the US Marines - {link}). The British Army attempt with a Royal Enfield {link} or the EcoRider {link}. Well, here's the latest, and surprisingly good looking diesel cruiser motorcycle; the German built Neander.

Neander Turbo diesel motorcycle

Neander Turbo diesel motorcycle
So, what's different ? First, and very important, the Neander is a Turbo Diesel engine !!

This means you should be able to get a very good top speed (220 kph/137 mph) and acceleration (0-60mph in 4 seconds) , while enjoying a massive torque (200 nm at 2600 rpm !!!!) ! Triumph Rocket III watch out !!

The twin engine is a 1400 cc engine producing 100 hp (at 4200 rpm). And remember, we're talking diesel here !

You get 150/80-17 tyres in the front and 240/40-18 in the back. Any larger and they'll need to widen the road....It's not a motorcycle that you can take under your arms, all these will cost you in weight; 310 Kgs to be exact.

The gas tank is not big, only 15 liters, but the diesel will run more fuel efficient, so you'll get a good mileage (4.5 liters / 100 kms).

No pricing, nor availability are published, but they do have a running prototype.

During the latter part of 2006, the Neander will be on a European tour, so, if you're in Europe, you'll be able to see it (a newsletter subscription is on their site which will tell you where).

Neander Turbo diesel motorcycle

Diesel engines are starting to become mainstream. I mean, if a diesel Audi car can win the 24 hours of Le Mans, what's to stop motorcycles from running diesel engines ?

Click here for more information. (Thanks David I.)





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