EVA Track T-800CDI: world's first 2WD Diesel motorcycle

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Combining an 800cc, 45bhp, 74lb/ft of torque turbocharged Diesel engine with shaft drive, a continuously variable transmission and two-wheel drive the EVA Track T-800CDI is a very unique motorcycle. Its raison d’etre appears to be to offer the kind of rugged go-anywhere ability that bikes like the BMW R1200GS promise, but are too fancy to deliver. Capable of running on plain old Diesel, bio-Diesel, plain plant oil or all of the above, the incredibly fuel efficient T-800 (capable of returning up to 112mpg at 55mph) could have the range and flexibility to travel almost anywhere on earth. Diesel will also make it compatible with most of the world’s militaries.

Update: We’ve embedded a short video of the Track T-800CDI after the jump, click through to hear it in all its clattery glory.

That CVT transmission is necessary to keep the motor operating at low revs to boost fuel efficiency. It makes that 74lb/ft all the way from 1,800 to 4,500rpm. It doesn’t seem to add significant weight to the T-800; overall dry weight is just 199kg, 4kg less than that BMW GS. At heart traditionalists, we’d have a hard time trusting such a system to be reliable in the back end of beyond, but CVTs have proved nearly bulletproof in operation.

The hydraulic two-wheel drive is similar to the system developed by Öhlins. A hydraulic pump is powered off the gearbox output shaft, then runs an impeller in the front hub. There’s limited details on EVA’s system, but the Öhlins setup can transfer as much as 15% of power to the front wheel, varying automatically based on the relative position of the throttle to the rear wheel speed.

Like the GS, power is transferred to the rear wheel through a low-maintenance shaft drive/single-sided swingarm. Indeed, the T-800 bears such a resemblance to the GS in terms of purpose, layout and spec that it must be intentional. Compared to that bike the T-800 is slower (topping out at 108mph), less powerful (the GS makes 105bhp and 85lb/ft), lighter, features fully adjustable ergonomics, uses similar rear suspension and employs a nearly identical aluminum luggage system. It’s kinda like a round-the-world adventurer started with a GS then made it more suitable for extreme conditions. Which is probably exactly what happened.

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  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com Will

    I’d love to see a few torture tests of this thing. HFL feature: “EVA Track T800CDI vs. Mongolian Badlands”

    Wonder how it starts on cold mornings.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      That’d be awesome. I think the engine’s out of a Smart ForTwo, so reliability shouldn’t be an issue: built by Mercedes.

  • Remy

    I can’t wait for it to become affordable.

  • thomashenny

    Hayes Diversified Technologies has a diesel-powered Kawasaki KLR650 for the Marines. Dnepr runs their bikes on the HATZ engine. Give me diesel and shaft drive and I will go anywhere.

  • rick

    Will it be available in the US?

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  • Grady

    Actually it started as a 950-990 KTM Adv. The frame, subframe, rear shock, seat, and entire front end (all the way to the mirrors) seem to be borrowed from KTM. It wouldnt surprise me if the final drive is a BMW part from an 11 series.

    You cant fault them for this one bit though, as developing an auto diesel with 2wd is a huge undertaking in itself. Might as well wrap it in componentry that is proven.

  • chuck

    Can someone explain why 15% to the front wheel its worth the weight? Is that number due to the limits of the hydraulic system?

  • chuck

    Can someone explain why 15% to the front wheel its worth the weight? Is that number due to the limits of the hydraulic system?

  • Matt

    oh shit! that’s my dream bike!… if it could go 600 miles on a tank, i’d take it anywhere. I bet Ewin Mcgreggor wouldn’t be in the middle of a field crying if he was riding one of these.

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  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com Will

    Looked at them side by side- it looks like a slightly modified KTM chassis. Definitely not BMW.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      It’s clearly not a BMW chassis. While it looks a bit KTMish around the swingarm pivot, there’s some serious differentiation in the number of tubes and the plates.

  • DoctorNine

    We are starting to see the possibilities in diesel bikes. This is only the beginning. Just wait. I love this thing!

  • Matt

    they make a bashguard for that, uh… thing?

    Seriously ugly. Seriously. But if it’s as tough as it looks and gets the mileage claimed then I certainly hope it gets made.

    KLRs beware.

  • ollie

    it’s not the first diesel wich is gone in production. the French (i think the name was boccardo) had the first with a citroën engine and a moto guzzi gearbox and drivshaft.

    It is a pitty that they are trying a automatic gearbox fuel efficent bike and making it a enduro.
    why not a big tourer??

    By the way startwin already made a dieselsportsbike only not yet in productio

  • Paul Yak

    Hi Guys n Gals,

    This IS the engine from the Smart Car. I think the reason they’ve used this is a Very Small/Light, Very Efficient (75mpg in Car) and Very Reliable, my mate works on Smart Cars, and his garage had a 4 year old diesel car from a courier company to repair. This car hadn’t had anything done to it apart from oil/filter change Twice. This engine had 250,000 KM on the thing.

    It might look and sound rough but aparently the engine is still working fine, they changed the timing belts etc and it now goes like a dream again.

    So you see the merits for a long range touring bike, especially for the rough tracks of 3rd world countries.

    I personally can’t wait to try 1. Its not much slower than a BMW GS and with the huge ranges from the tank, just hope the seat/position is comfortable.

  • halfast

    Having owned numerous VW diesels, I’m a huge fan of turbo-diesel technology. Can’t wait for more examples in motorcycles. Any chance it’ll have a seat low enough for mere mortals.