Those were the top six, but admittedly there might be at least one more.
Diesel engines tend to produce around 13% more carbon dioxide per gallon of fuel in comparison to petrol engines. Therefore, diesel engines cause more pollution in the long run. The reality is that motorcycles do produce more pollution than cars in certain instances. We haven’t seen any empirical data to support this, but we have a suspicion that diesel motorcycles wouldn’t meet the EPA’s ever-more-stringent emission requirements.
So, there you have it – a simplified list of the reasons why most motorcycles use petrol instead of diesel. Although diesel may be cheaper in many parts of the world, it requires a bigger, heavier engine, and does not produce RPMs at the same rate as petrol. Weight would go up, power would go down, and power-to-weight ratio would stink more than a Volkswagen cover-up.
Peter Hanson is a motorcycle enthusiast and expert on motorcycle travel. He loves to travel and has covered a lot of countries over the past eight years.
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