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It's All About the Diesel – A Primer on Diesel Motorcycle Greatness

A diesel engine, or compression-ignition engine, uses the heat of compressed fuel to fire.  Unlike a spark-ignition gasoline engine which uses its fuel-air mixture in a gaseous form , a diesel relies on very high compression to force its liquid fuel to ignite.

Developed by Rudolf Diesel in 1893, the compression-ignition engine works a little like a spark-ignition engine with one critical difference – in a diesel engine  air is compressed first, and then the fuel is injected into the cylinder. Because air heats up when compressed, the fuel ignites as a result of his heat rather than that from a spark plug.

The very high compression ratio of  low-speed diesel engines boast a thermal efficiency which beats 50 percent, and that’s a lot.

The bike below features a three cylinder, 1000cc Yanmar diesel which was built from block up and bored out. The builder says the timing was advanced, the bike was fitted with a special oil pan and pickup, modifications were made to the the injection pump and then the whole works was  turbocharged with GT15 turbocharger.

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If that doesn’t do the trick for you, or maybe you have a preference for non-marine engine diesels, how about this CAT diesel bike which features a springer softail frame, 200 rear tire, Cat C1.1 diesel engine and plans to include a turbocharger of its own.

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As of 2007, about half of all new cars sold in Europe are diesel powered.

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