"An environmentally friendly, diesel-powered, 100 mpg motorcycle alternative is coming quicker than you think," a government statement suggested, which was released to manufacturers, dealers, and the Motorcycle Industry Council. The message was accompanied by technical arguments in favor of onboard particulate filters, high-pressure injection systems, and ways the two-wheeled world should more closely echo the auto industry, which has seen highway fuel economy figures in the 40 mpg range with the application of advanced diesel technology.
"Together, we can work towards a cleaner, more fuel efficient, and more sustainable goal of two-wheeled transportation," the statement urged, though it was met with anger and outrage from manufacturers, who conveyed in a joint statement that they were not prepared financially or logistically to convert their internal combustion offerings into diesel power. One exception, however, was expressed by Russian sidecar builder Ural, who indicated that they already have a diesel-powered offering in development that should debut later this year.*
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