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I don't agree.
... But they don't make anything under 650cc
and until they do they really can't be serious in the super
economy/environmentally friendly arena.
Well, they do the 125cc C1, which is quite economical:
BMW World - C1

Not available in the US, but there are a few around.

For me, the wheels are to small for anything adventure travel though
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The diesel engined KLR's you guys are on about were the prototypes. An English firm, and if memory serves me right, a university took some KLR rolling chassis's and developed the first ever bike specific DERV engine to go in it. Think it was 600 / 650cc? Top speed was stated at 90mph for US army and 80mph for NATO, with performance very similar to that of a petrol single of the same cc. The NATO bikes were to be more fuel efficient so that they got the required 400 miles to a fuel tank. Last I read the first batch of bikes were going to be assessed by the US Marine Corps, that must have been over a year ago.
I remember the article because it also rumoured that Ducati had been playing with a V twin turbo diesel

These bikes will be very 'clean' as they may probably have to meet the pending 'EURO III' emissions regs.
I can't wait to get my hands on one when the MOD starts getting rid of them

The future's bright, the future's DERV.

Just found this link HDT - Hayes Diversified Technologies - Technology

The future's even brighter, the future's BIO DERV !!!!!!
Well you had better learn to wait. Only 22 protype machines were ordered, and there are no plans for production, these were just a batch of test bikes only. despite all the hype. see here
DieselBike.net :: View topic - I located and visited HDT and F1 Engineering
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