This Motorbike Uses Bacon For Fuel

Biofuel was to be the saviour for our petrol-powered needs and while development is ongoing, it has yet to take over the world, with LPG and electric vehicles proving more popular alternatives. That hasn't stopped US food company Hormel, best known as the makers of spam, from converting a diesel motorcycle into one that can run on bacon. It even smells like bacon when you ride it.

As pointed out over at The Awesomer, the bike in question is a Track T-800 CDI, modified to accept B100 (pure) biodiesel. Technically, the bike takes fuel converted from bacon grease, not the meat itself, as we can all agree that would be a terrible, terrible waste of the delicious foodstuff.

The grease is sourced from Hormel's own facilities and converted into B100. In the clip below, it's explained that a pound (0.45kg) of grease converts roughly into a gallon (3.78L) of fuel, with the cost being $US3.50 per gallon. That works out to be $US0.92 per litre, a fair discount on ordinary petrol (by our standards).

It's part of a promotion cross-country tour of the US called "Driven by Bacon", naturally orchestrated by Hormel.

Would you want to ride a bacon-scented motorbike? I guess anything is better than carbon monoxide.

[YouTube, via The Awesomer]


Comments

    If it didn't sound like a sloppy old Nissan patrol that'd be awesome! Even looks sweet.

    Is there nothing that bacon can't do. Glad the Jews don't eat it. Leaves more for me. :)

    Paul Carter has already riden something like that around Australia.
    http://www.pcarter.com.au/books/is-that-thing-diesel/

    I am utterly opposed to using pigs to fuel our vehicles, by any means! They have suffered enough.

      It does state it's the oil/grease and not the actual bacon itself, I don't see the harm in using a by-product that might have (I'm no expert) been disposed off or thrown away in any case. So long as processing of pork is soley intended for the production of biofuel then it's not really causing any extra suffering, not unless grease can feel :P

      Unless of course your statement is out jist in which case my apologies :)

    Errrr I ain't a hippy or some eco freak but perhaps we shouldn't power the world on the carcass of an animal? Seems like a step back, those things go through enough hell as it is.

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