This is Why There Aren't Diesel Motorcycles

27 Lie 2021
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I love cars, but I really love motorcycles. Driving a fast car can feel like flying a jet. But a fast bike, that feels like flying with a cape. I’ve spent a huge part of my life on two wheels. I’ve sacrificed time, money, friendships, even my own body to bikes. But after all that, I’ve never ridden - or even seen - a diesel motorcycle. And that got me curious: Why aren’t there any diesel motorcycles? Well, we’re about to find out!

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  • Before it even starts, I'm going to guess it's because diesel engines are slower and for POWER not speed.

    Shane CheathamShane CheathamPrieš 6 minučių
  • I have once ridden a diesel motorcycle! It was made by a local crazy inventor guy. It had a CB750 frame with a moped car engine, with all of 13 horsepower and a CVT transmission. The builder was Norwegian born so I first misheard him saying 30 horsepower. "Thirty horsepower? Wow that's actually okay." - "No, tir-tiin, one three." - "Oh okay :D" He let us have a go and my two buddies went first. I thought "Boy, they sure are being overly cautious," but when I tried it I realized they had been accelerating flat out. In the end it topped out at maybe 80kph, but it sure got good mileage!

    Aleksi JoensuuAleksi JoensuuPrieš val
  • 2 wheel episodes!!!!

    George MGeorge MPrieš 4 val
  • I totally get the big reason diesel is much heavier than a gas engine causing it be harder to ride comfortably, but that theory goes out the window when you see fully dressed Harleys, Hondas and other road bikes that weigh at least 800 to 1000 pounds. These bikes are not built with cat like maneuverability as an issue, they are built to ride and weight just isn't an issue. Personally, I hate diesels, but for the sake of argument, Im betting if a few of those major manufacturers made diesel road bikes NOW, that get 3 times the gas mileage and less maintenance as gas, they'd sell. Alot of the success of a product is timing. NOW, if they would run as clean as a diesel car engine does, you;' have something, but diesel is major polluter and that alone would keep my money in my pocket.

    JessicaTG2008JessicaTG2008Prieš 8 val
  • There actually are diesel motorbikes

    Wesley kWesley kPrieš 9 val
  • I don't know where you live and how luch drugs is there. But diesel here is at least a dollor more than low grade junk gas

    Chris NavoniChris NavoniPrieš 12 val
  • Could also run on food oil.

    MrSeekLoadMrSeekLoadPrieš 14 val
  • what about ducati diavel diesel and ducati moster diesel?

    Yuki MinYuki MinPrieš 15 val
  • India had a Diesel motorcycle by Royal Enfield... In 1990s

    kirti vermakirti vermaPrieš 19 val
  • Tanks run on jp8...

    Ian ArmstrongIan ArmstrongPrieš 21 val
  • Keep the two wheel content coming!

    P-SeventyWasP-SeventyWasPrieš dieną
  • A diesel-electric hybrid to provide instantaneous acceleration could be a nice solution.

    Bill KichmanBill KichmanPrieš dieną
  • I want one of those old rotary bikes

    EvilJ069EvilJ069Prieš dieną

    Máté SzűcsMáté SzűcsPrieš dieną
  • The oil companies have something to do with it.

    Liso CamposLiso CamposPrieš dieną
  • Harley made a diesel dirt bike for army military scouts one year. They are rare but they exist.

    Tyler IngramTyler IngramPrieš dieną
  • I saw, a diesel Royal Enfield. Its spund was, awesome👍👑

    vishal kaulvishal kaulPrieš dieną
  • Petition to make donut episodes longer

    Marton ClarkeMarton ClarkePrieš dieną
  • Nice work. Also no one seems to care about gas mileage for bikes in countries other than India. I think it’s important!

    DrPowerElectronicsDrPowerElectronicsPrieš dieną
  • 9:21 we found the actor for Notre-Dame bois... get him the crown

    Phantom ArcanistPhantom ArcanistPrieš dieną
  • For some people there is just no end to going faster and faster and faster. That particular contest seems to be never ending. I would definitely be interested in a diesel engine motorcycle. But I’m a weirdo.

    Bob CranberriesBob CranberriesPrieš dieną
  • The development of the diesel engines into high speed motors, comes from changing from a single injection (a cannon) to a multi injection (many small injections per stroke = like a machine gun) and this means that you can run LIGHT pistons and have much faster RPM. The Krauts did it with the Volkswagon Golf.

    Shane T. HansonShane T. HansonPrieš dieną
  • Neander 1400

    Danang Sugeng NugrohoDanang Sugeng NugrohoPrieš dieną
  • My dad used to test new and old bikes for Norton motorcycle magazine and he came back on a old Royal Enfield and boy was it loud lol

    sebastian pennysebastian pennyPrieš 2 dienas
  • I speak under correction but I am sure I remember SUZUKI bringing out a diesel engined motor cycle in the 70"s?

    Gary DurandtGary DurandtPrieš 2 dienas
  • Pagal there are many diesel manufacturing companies in India

    hussain.shahid ghaloohussain.shahid ghalooPrieš 2 dienas
  • Kawasaki made diesel bikes for the USMC. Look it up in Scott Kilmer videos.

    Jose VazquezJose VazquezPrieš 2 dienas
  • A diesel engine is simpler with less parts, no computerized electronic ignitions or spark plugs. The engines produce more torque and can run all day with 4 times the gas mileage. Reliable single cylinder engines have been used in boats for decades. They run hot but today's bikes have coolant radiators. They do run at lower RPM but so do Harley engines. Improvements have been made in diesel engines emission controls.

    Tommy TTommy TPrieš 2 dienas
  • Scotty Kilmer did a segment about a military one.

    William HarshmanWilliam HarshmanPrieš 2 dienas
  • Not all diesels are 4 stroke, Google 2 stroke diesel, thus shaving off considerable weight and head height. The only real point made here is acceleration is not like that of a gasoline engine. Torque can easily be converted to horsepower with the use of a cvt, again not what most riders are looking for so it limits the sale ability to a select market of buyers. That in a nutshell is most likely the reason for the Big 4, Japanese manufacturers, steering clear of that possible pothole in the road. I've heard talk of Honda putting 4 stroke diesels in utility quads and power plants in the near future...I'd love a diesel in my hunting quad!

    JonnyRoxJonnyRoxPrieš 2 dienas
  • Diesel engines: big, heavy, vibrate, low revs. Harleys: hold my beer.

    Fabio M.Fabio M.Prieš 2 dienas
  • I like this guy

    Serious AndySerious AndyPrieš 2 dienas
  • Military has diesel off road motorcycles.

    drenski1drenski1Prieš 2 dienas
  • you could stop at a mcdonalds or whatever fried food vendor, and ask for their oil :))

    TukangisengTukangisengPrieš 2 dienas
  • Diesel is on some model planes. Can be light especially with fuel additives like nitromethane.

    Robert TildenRobert TildenPrieš 2 dienas
  • I want turbine electric MC. Turbine generator motor. U get the idea.

    Robert TildenRobert TildenPrieš 2 dienas
  • When I was little, I know there is a " diesel conversion kit" for bicycle. A two cycle small engine, adopted to convert a bicycle from pedal only into a motorized or pedal option. I can't really remember right, but, the brand was TAZ? Very noisy and loud on the road. The year was about 1967 to 1977, if I remember it right.

    ClownClownPrieš 2 dienas
  • Royal Enfield Taurus is a production model which is now not being made. However, it did have it's fan following..

    noolunooluPrieš 2 dienas
  • is there a donut motorcycles?

    Juan David Ortiz-RomeroJuan David Ortiz-RomeroPrieš 2 dienas
  • diesels vibrate and that causes a problem. has enyone not seen a Harly shake?

    Steve BrooksSteve BrooksPrieš 3 dienas
  • One more difference not mentioned is that hp is different 50hp diesel is stronger than 50hp gas engine, because gas is intermittent power diesel is steady power.

    Teddy BrewerTeddy BrewerPrieš 3 dienas
  • WHERE in the USA is diesel fuel cheaper than gas? NOWHERE. It is usually at least .50 more per gal Why can't they make diesel three-wheeler motorcycles? That could accommodate all the things needed

    D weaverD weaverPrieš 3 dienas
  • Very good discription of why no diesel motorcycles.

    Bob WebsterBob WebsterPrieš 3 dienas
  • diesel engines have more parts not less ;

    simon gilbertsimon gilbertPrieš 3 dienas
  • There are diesel motorcycle from royal efield bullet in 90s

    Aju roshAju roshPrieš 3 dienas
  • 2 stroke deisels oops long gone

    Neal - StewartNeal - StewartPrieš 3 dienas
  • I read that the US military had diesel dirt bikes.

    gearbender427gearbender427Prieš 3 dienas
  • I have a custom Henry Price Enfield with a 450 diesel, Enfield actually did produce the Taurus diesel.

    UnclearFizzyCystUnclearFizzyCystPrieš 3 dienas
  • They have diesel motor cycles

    David AndersonDavid AndersonPrieš 3 dienas
  • You kept showing an upright engine and complained about size and vibration. What about horizontally opposed engine(like BMW) Vibration is cancelled and size is not a problem and weight is not a problem. No reason it has to be a V twin. Beamers are excellent touring motorcycles. There is room for a turbo on it too. Definitely need an extra long kick starter arm due to the high compression. Diesel engine also runs on Kerosene....or used cooking oil from MickeyD's.

    BunzeeBearBunzeeBearPrieš 3 dienas
  • They have been making diesel motorcycles in India for some time and I believe still do to this day.

    bitsnpieces11bitsnpieces11Prieš 3 dienas
  • why there is no bumper on motorcycles

    Samuel NickSamuel NickPrieš 3 dienas
  • Royal Enfield used to sell Diesel cruiser bikes, that resembled Bullet but was named as something else. They were severely underpowered, bulky, pain in the ass to start.

    Aby KuruvillaAby KuruvillaPrieš 3 dienas
  • In Europe, Diesel costs more than petrol as the governments recover lost tax due to higher mpg.

    John KingJohn KingPrieš 3 dienas
  • Gas turbine bikes could burn it, I guess.

    microcolonelmicrocolonelPrieš 4 dienas
  • There's that guy who put an I6 diesel on a "motorcycle" with a hydrostatic drivetrain.

    microcolonelmicrocolonelPrieš 4 dienas
  • Here in Ma, diesel is about $0.40 a gallon more expensive

    John MJohn MPrieš 4 dienas
  • Look up Diesel Motorcycles... Many are home made..Although Kawasaki made one Then there is Dnepr

    Chief Willy JChief Willy JPrieš 4 dienas
  • A friend of mine used to ride. He first had a Harley. He said it was "ok" but, not the best one. He said that it "vibrated too much".

    [FCClan]The Stranger[FCClan]The StrangerPrieš 4 dienas
  • Thanks for answering a question I didn't know I had!

    mapleleaf4evermapleleaf4everPrieš 4 dienas
  • broo they need to put dirtbikes and Motorcycles in forza

    taco cattaco catPrieš 4 dienas
  • Jeremiah has lived all of his adult life in the pandemic

    OmkarOmkarPrieš 4 dienas
  • Sorry but aren't Harley Davidsons large heavy petrol (gas) engined, low revving motorcycles that vibrate a lot with low specific output?

    Icaros SavvidesIcaros SavvidesPrieš 4 dienas
  • So... What you're telling me, is, that a motorcycle like the infamous Panther Model 100, a single cylinder bike with a (surprise, surprise) 100cm stroke, build specifically to have low-end torque to efficiently work with sidecars would have been made even better with a diesel engine?

    Locomotiveman 1994Locomotiveman 1994Prieš 4 dienas
  • I'd love to hear more about Diesel engines.

    ClaytonLivseyClaytonLivseyPrieš 4 dienas
  • Diesel engines are everything a motorcycle rider doesn't want. They certainly aren't nimble or exciting.

    Dave BDave BPrieš 4 dienas
  • Did he say crankshaft arms🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    RollinRollinPrieš 5 dienų
  • Why no turbocharged bike?

    Football ThoughtsFootball ThoughtsPrieš 5 dienų
  • Can I get a "This is why there are no rotary powered motorcycles"

    Ducking DuckDucking DuckPrieš 5 dienų
  • Why not two stroke diesels then? Two stroke diesels have much better power to weight ratio. I've done some work in the marine industry and two stroke diesels aren't uncommon for this reason.

    Jared DupJared DupPrieš 5 dienų
  • How is a guy on a bike going to convince a tank crew to give him their fuel? It can run on tank fuel! What's the point if you can't get the fuel?

    Eric TaylorEric TaylorPrieš 5 dienų
  • What about a turbine engine? A turban would give constant power rather than pulsing power. Also, what about electric motors?

    Eric TaylorEric TaylorPrieš 5 dienų
  • I have gotten out of several tickets without the help of any lawyer. This actually comes from advice given to me by police officers and I know it works, because I have used it several times, and it almost always works. First off, drive safely. If you commit no traffic infractions you will get no tickets. Having a clean driving record is an extremely important part of this method. It can work if you have tickets on your record, but the more tickets you have, the harder it will be to talk your way out. Being a safe driver or rider will be of great help here. But no one is perfect, and you are bound to make a mistake sooner or later. Thing is, cops understand this. And with your DL the cop will have access to your record. Having a clean record will give merit to your words. First off, understand that if a cop pulls you over, that cop believes you did something wrong. It doesn't matter one bit if you did or did not actually do something wrong. Arguing that you didn't do anything wrong will only harm. All you are doing when you argue is telling the cop, "You suck at your job." Even if it's true, and some cops really suck at being cops, saying so will never help you. How inclined will you be to help someone who tells you to your face that you suck at your job, especially if helping them is not part of your job? If you get pulled over, you probably disserve to get a ticket, at the very least the cop *BELIEVES* you disserve to get a ticket, and that is really all that matters. So if the cop chooses not to write a ticket he is doing you a favor. If you go into the encounter with the attitude that you disserve a ticket, oddly, you are a lot more likely to not get one. In one case, when I was still a teenager (19) I got a speeding ticket. I was, in fact, speeding and the cop even lowered the speed he had me at, but not long after getting that ticket I lost my job. I went to court not to fight the ticket but to ask to have my fine reduced or to get assigned community service. The judge asked the cop what my attitude was like and the cop said it had been good. Then the judge asked the cop if there was any reason he shouldn't dismiss the ticket. I was surprised when the cop said "no" I beat the ticket by admitting, in court, that I was speeding! I saw the cop outside the court and asked him why he didn't fight the dismissal and he said when he had pulled me over he was on the fence between a ticket and a warning. He chose to write the ticket mainly due to my age, but because I had not tried to fight the ticket in court, he felt I had learned my lesson. Once, because I was not paying enough attention I almost ran a red light. The car I would have collided with was a cop car. I stopped less than a foot from them. I had to back up so the cop could proceed. He waggled his finger at me to follow and I was sure I was going to get a ticked, and I deserved it! But the cop let me off with a warning. I think that alone proves my method works. I mean nearly colliding with a cop car is usually a sure way to get a ticket.

    Eric TaylorEric TaylorPrieš 5 dienų
  • It's a question I never asked but still interesting. It seems like an opposing twin would be the best configuration for a diesel bike to give room for the longer stroke and to keep the weight down low in the bike.

    Ghost of ManitouGhost of ManitouPrieš 5 dienų
  • That is a good question. There are Diesel airplanes, why not bikes?

    Eric TaylorEric TaylorPrieš 5 dienų
  • Really prefer diesel but I wonder why diesel cars smell so much?

    SîdharthSîdharthPrieš 5 dienų
  • another thing to add about diesel engine longevity is that diesel fuel is more of a wet burn vs gasoline which is more of a dry burn

    bryce_the_quickbryce_the_quickPrieš 5 dienų
  • KLR650 did, Military had it, some got sold off to various PD's and collector's, something like 900 miles to one tank

    IrnMaiden304IrnMaiden304Prieš 5 dienų
  • 12:46 "About 60" pounds more. Nope, graphic shows 22 pounds more.

    Planet HedgehogPlanet HedgehogPrieš 5 dienų
  • in india royal enfield produced diesal bike and it was the king of milage wich you can around 100kmpl

    revex watchesrevex watchesPrieš 5 dienų
  • Military had diesel KLR' they exist...other people have built them in history. Just not popular.

    Jim ElliottJim ElliottPrieš 5 dienų
  • Ducati made the Diavel Diesel in limited number

    Francesco AccomandoFrancesco AccomandoPrieš 5 dienų
  • You make everything fun. GJ.

    AL DAL DPrieš 5 dienų
  • Isnt there a military scoit bike made by Kawasaki that runs on diesel or jp8

    Samuel WilcoxSamuel WilcoxPrieš 5 dienų
  • Good documentary! Most interesting and well presented 👍

    Not SayingNot SayingPrieš 5 dienų
  • Ducati made the Monster based off of the 1100 EVO.

    Kyle KubikKyle KubikPrieš 6 dienų
  • Suck squeeze bang blow ~donut 2021

    sub if comment is worthysub if comment is worthyPrieš 6 dienų
  • I wear a donut hat and pin every day to work at one of the biggest motorcycle dealerships in the country lol we love to see it

    Brandon MoodyBrandon MoodyPrieš 6 dienų
  • Royal enfield made diesel bikes

    Johnny BravoJohnny BravoPrieš 6 dienų
  • I can think of at least 1 group of people that would love to be sitting right on top of that vibrating engine. And especially if someone would be revving the engine!!!

    Mani PaulMani PaulPrieš 6 dienų
  • Diesel, cheaper than gas? Not in Amerika.

    Chainsaw SubtletyChainsaw SubtletyPrieš 6 dienų
  • They did have diesel motorcycles!

    SmellMy FingerSmellMy FingerPrieš 6 dienų
  • The MTT Y2K can run on diesel

    Cessna9417lCessna9417lPrieš 6 dienų
  • MORE BIKE VIDEOS! LOVED IT, keep it up guys, great work!

    Justin SchweitzerJustin SchweitzerPrieš 6 dienų
  • Hold my beer. I’m about to TDI swap a Grom.

    Brandon HookeyBrandon HookeyPrieš 6 dienų
  • Hm, there are Diesel motorcycles...

    JoeWolsingJoeWolsingPrieš 6 dienų
  • Damn...I actually understood that! Although, not all diesel engines work on just compression, many have a glow plug to help that combustion happen (particularly when it's cold). Now lets talk about Glow Combustion Sensors.... Anyway, I never thought about why there aren't diesel bikes, makes sense. Great stuff!

    A JohnsonA JohnsonPrieš 6 dienų
  • Please make a video explaining the difference between, gas, gasoline, petrol, petroleum and LPG (liquid petrol gas). I will go drink some water in the meanwhile, I cant throttle anymore.

    BSM RacingBSM RacingPrieš 6 dienų