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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Diesel powered adventure bikes

Anyone heard about the Track T-800? Interesting reading on their website. This thing sounds like a beast. Kinda looks like a V-strom, a KTM Adventure, and a R1200GS "got busy" and had a red headed stepchild. I like it...

http://www.dieselmotorfiets.nl/

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Interesting. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it does appear to be a beast to my eyes as well. Cumbersome looking engine, with forward facing exhaust doesn't appeal. Wonder if it sounds like a Ford F250?

However, there seem to be some potentially interesting specs. Three cylinders, continuously variable transmission, not too outrageous dry weight, something over 55 mpg if my conversion is correct, and enough headlights to wilt bushes at 50 meters. But is is bulky-looking and I imagine I'd need a ladder to climb into the saddle!

Then there's the price. At today's exchange rate the regular price of 18,750 Euros converts to $25,500. The "special price" of 16,999 Euros equates to $23,118. I could buy a brand new Versys and a LOT of fuel for that sum.

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I agree on the looks... this is no beauty, just beast. It would be interesting to see a cut away of the engine to see just how simple or complex this engine really is. And just how long will this diesel engine last? Same as a truck? I've got a F350 work truck that has well over 250,000 miles and climbing...

As for the Vols... ... they're a young team. Lot's of injuries... but I still see some great potential for next year. Gotta be honest, I'd rather not see us make a bowl game this year. We're just not ready. Either way, GO VOLS!

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Then there's the price. At today's exchange rate the regular price of 18,750 Euros converts to $25,500. The "special price" of 16,999 Euros equates to $23,118.
A simple price conversion between Euro and the USD doesn't normally get you the prices you will actually be paying. Despite the conversion rate prices here in the EU tend to be 1-1 to the dollar price. Between $17000 and $19000 would be closer.

Still buys you a nice Versys and a lot of fuel though
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I think they may have had an article of this in Motorcyclist sometime in the last year or so.


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It's based on the Smart Car engine, so it ought to be reliable. I believe range is the most important selling point for this bike, and it will also appeal to Diesel lovers (we have many of them in Europe).

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I would love one of the military spec KLR diesels...they run on just about anything you can find...

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That engine seems to be hanging out there in the open, and probably quite vulnerable.

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Anyone heard about the Track T-800? Interesting reading on their website. This thing sounds like a beast. Kinda looks like a V-strom, a KTM Adventure, and a R1200GS "got busy" and had a red headed stepchild. I like it...

http://www.dieselmotorfiets.nl/
Guys used to riding Harleys will feel at home with this. Lots of vibration, low RPM torque but lack higher RPM engine response, and lots of noise. They may not know how to ride a bike this tall though
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