EVA Announces 2WD Diesel Motorcycle – Next Stop: Baja!

 

Despite the latest advancements in automotive hybrid and flex-fuel technologies, motorcycles and scooters remain one of the most efficient ways for energy-conscious commuters to get around town.  Unfortunately, there haven’t been any real “alt fuel” options open to motorcyclists.  As such, despite the incredible efficiency of some 2-wheelers (my own Honda Ruckus gets over 100 mpg), motorcycles remain petroleum-dependent gas addicts.  They may be sippers – rather than guzzlers – but still.

Enter Europe’s EVA, manufacturers of the Track T800CDI diesel motorcycle – a bike so full of exotic features and new technology that I’m almost at a loss for words … almost.

Specs and pictures of this amazing machine available after the jump.





EVA’s Track T800 is an “adventure-touring” class motorcycle powered by a remarkably compact 800cc, turbocharged diesel engine, the Track T800 will be among the world’s first commercially available diesel motorcycles.  The 800cc engine delivers a respectable 50 hp and a WHOPPING 95 lb-ft (130 Nm) of torque available from 1800-4000 rpm.  Torque like that is enough to melt the rear tire off of any motorcycle, and certainly more than enough to provide T800 riders with a “smiles per gallon” figure matching the bike’s impressive 2.5l/100km efficiency (almost 100 mpg!).

While the fuel economy of the Track makes it an excellent choice for energy-conscious riders looking for a long-distance, go-anywhere type of motorcycle, its ability to run the T800 on bio-diesel really sets it apart from its petrol-dependent cousins … but that isn’t the only thing the T800 has on its adventure touring “competitors”.

The Track T800 features the same kind of easy “twist n’ go” transmission found on many rental scooters, making the bike feel more accessible to novice riders while, at the same time, allowing expert riders to pay more attention to the road ahead, and less attention to what gear they’re in.  In addition, the Track T800 takes the “adventure touring” class of motorcycles to new levels by being the first motorcycle in its class to offer two-wheel drive (2WD).

The EVA’s innovative 2WD system offers the same benefits of automotive 4WD and all-wheel drive systems:  more stability, more traction, and more control.  The result is a vehicle that is able to handle loose tarmac, gravel, and dirt roads with a greater degree of confidence than a comparable rear-wheel drive vehicle … which means, basically, that the Track T800 will go up sand dunes and dirt mounds that other bikes would get stuck in.

Unless you’re riding a billy goat, there isn’t a more sure-footed vehicle available, anywhere … and therein lies the great tragedy in all this:  EVA has yet to announce a North American importer.

SO, to any brave men and women out there who might be interested in bringing these bikes into the US:  I promise, there IS a market for a 100 mpg, bio-fueled, torque-raving-mad 2WD triumph of 2-wheeled technology on these shores.  The bikes certainly look the part, so just bring them, and the buyers will come.

Image Credits:  EVA Products BV

Note:  since the writing of this post, and contrary to the company’s December press release, EVA has apparently ditched the option for 2WD. Too bad …





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  • Willy Bio

    Won’t these have to meet T2B5 emissions if they come to the US? If so, I’m betting no dice, at least for an on-road version.

  • Willy Bio

    Won’t these have to meet T2B5 emissions if they come to the US? If so, I’m betting no dice, at least for an on-road version.

  • Correction: I’ve just been told that, contrary to the company’s December press release, EVA will NOT be offering 2WD as an option on the production version of their T800 CDi.

    Too bad … but still: awesome bike.

  • Correction: I’ve just been told that, contrary to the company’s December press release, EVA will NOT be offering 2WD as an option on the production version of their T800 CDi.

    Too bad … but still: awesome bike.

  • @Willy

    I’m not sure – you could probably bring a few in under the “Bill Gates law” for importing gray-market vehicles.

  • @Willy

    I’m not sure – you could probably bring a few in under the “Bill Gates law” for importing gray-market vehicles.

  • G Stewart

    Diesel motorcycles have been with us for 100 years now, see http://www.dieselbike.net/ for more information. I like the idea of 2WD though, not that tha’s new either…

  • G Stewart

    Diesel motorcycles have been with us for 100 years now, see http://www.dieselbike.net/ for more information. I like the idea of 2WD though, not that tha’s new either…

  • In my four years as a US ex pat, living in Brazil, I have fallen in love with the straight forward Honda Titans a 150cc four stroke that is the number one selling vehicle in the country. Anywhere in Brazil that you need a ride you can hire a moto taxi, a guy with a helmet for you and 2 out of 3 times, on the back of a titan. They ALL run their bikes on Brazilian ethanol, ALL of them. This is not recommended by the mfg. but as one moto taxi driver put it, hey if the the bike lasts 5 years, that’s almost as good as 10.

    The latest development is the new 150 from Honda with fuel injection. One of the local moto mags has already played with the elec FI and gotten the thing to run like a clock on 100% cane alcohol, which is 1/2 the price of gas, at the pump.

  • In my four years as a US ex pat, living in Brazil, I have fallen in love with the straight forward Honda Titans a 150cc four stroke that is the number one selling vehicle in the country. Anywhere in Brazil that you need a ride you can hire a moto taxi, a guy with a helmet for you and 2 out of 3 times, on the back of a titan. They ALL run their bikes on Brazilian ethanol, ALL of them. This is not recommended by the mfg. but as one moto taxi driver put it, hey if the the bike lasts 5 years, that’s almost as good as 10.

    The latest development is the new 150 from Honda with fuel injection. One of the local moto mags has already played with the elec FI and gotten the thing to run like a clock on 100% cane alcohol, which is 1/2 the price of gas, at the pump.

  • Eric

    Want. Want NOW. Want YESTERDAY.

    Why can’t we get the good stuff in America? (*cough* EPA *cough cough*)

    By what standard is this a “free country”, I wonder? Compared to what? North Korea?

    What does this thing cost?

  • Eric

    Want. Want NOW. Want YESTERDAY.

    Why can’t we get the good stuff in America? (*cough* EPA *cough cough*)

    By what standard is this a “free country”, I wonder? Compared to what? North Korea?

    What does this thing cost?

  • Love this moto !

  • Love this moto !