Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Jo Borrás
Hero Launches Diesel Motorcycle In India
Packing a high-torque, high-MPG turbodiesel engine between beefy suspension components and thoughtfully considered cargo racks, Hero Motorcycle’s latest RNT diesel motorcycle concept is set to take the Eastern hemisphere (at least!) by storm … and if you don’t want one then you shouldn’t be here. Try this, instead.
For those of you not in the know, Hero was formerly known as “Hero Honda“, and they were officially licensed by Honda to build bikes like Honda’s durable CG110 and CG125 for the Indian domestic market. They’re good enough at QC, then, that Honda was willing to put its name on their product- and good enough, even, that the whole “Made in India” thing might be more blessing than curse, if Harley plays it right.
So, that’s Hero. Hero’s latest RNT, though, is what we’re here to talk about. Here’s the company’s official announcement …
RNT – THE BREAKTHROUGH DIESEL CONCEPT BIKE
RNT is the proof that handsome and hard-working can really go together. We know many motorcyclists need capacity and power to haul heavier loads, but they also want to be comfortable, fuel-efficient and stylish. When no solutions exist, well that’s the kind of challenge that we love to take on.
Presenting the striking new Concept of RNT! The low step over height and wide, flat loading surfaces with strap bars, as well as multi-use folding side racks, a large comfortable seat and spacious footboards are the new looks never seen on a motorcycle before!
Under the surface, there is just as much that is new, exciting and practical. Power comes from a high torque 150cc diesel, with optional turbocharger, so the RNT can muster all roads fully loaded.
… which, as you can see, does a good job emphasizing the cargo hauling/utility angle of Hero’s diesel. That’s a big selling point in Southeast Asia and parts of India, where a person’s motorcycle is basically their car- used to get cargo and people to and fro across sometimes treacherous terrain.
Even with all that high-MPG diesel goodness, though, there is more to get excited about with Hero’s new NRT. This diesel motorcycle is going to be made available as a diesel-electric hybrid motorcycle, also!
Another option is a hub electric motor in the front wheel which is powered by an electric battery pack, to give the rider a unique two-wheel drive option for the toughest world conditions and also the possibility to shut off the rear drive and move to the city on electric power front-wheel-drive only.
There’s so much to get excited about with the new Hero diesel motorcycle platform I can hardly focus. What do you guys think? Would a diesel motorcycle do well in the states? What if it was bigger, like a 1300 cc diesel-electric, locomotive-styled Harley-Davidson- would that sell? Let us know what you think, below.
Source | Images: Hero Motorcycles.