That’s the main characteristic of diesel engines. “Meh” horsepower, but brutal torque. As a result, you don’t see many motorcycles with diesel engines. Oh, there’ve been a few, of course, but mostly as limited-quantity specialty bikes, or concepts.
But now, a Dutch manufacturer, E.V.A, plans to produce a diesel-powered adventurer tourer this year. Called the “Trak”, this bike will be powered by an 800cc turbo diesel with a CVT transmission (No shifting?). It’ll weight about 500 pounds dry, and put out 54 horsepower and 74 ft/lbs of torque at–get ready for it–1800RPM. That’s an engine speed that barely registers on the tach of a modern sportbike. It also has optional ABS brakes. Although not shown in this picture, EVA will have a nice set of aluminum luggage to mount on it, hence the “tourer” in “adventure tourer”.
It’s not the prettiest motorcycle in the world, but it apparently does have one big advantage, which is a claimed 100 miles per gallon. That assumes you’re running the bike on diesel. According to EVA, it will also run on vegetable oil. With a 6-gallon tank, a 500+ mile range is pretty respectable. You won’t get there fast, but you’ll certainly get there cheaply.
You will not, alas, get the bike cheaply. EVA’s planned MSRP on the Trak is €17,500, which comes out to somewhere in the vicinity of $25,000 at the current rate of exchange. So, you’ll have to ride it a lot to offset the steep sticker price with fuel savings.
EVA plans to release the bike in Europe first, but it could be coming to the US in September of this year.