Everyone seems to be talking about all of the new 2006 motorcycles coming out but here's one that isn't getting as much coverage and right now it probably should get a lot more. This is the D650A1 Bulldog diesel motorcycle. It isn't quite the sportbike that the Thunder Star would be but then, the Thunder Star isn't being produced yet.
The Bulldog is the product of Hayes Diversified Technologies, makers of diesel motorcycles for the military. This is their civilian version and it has a lot going for it. It's a 611cc single cylinder diesel that gets 102mpg at 55mph for a range of 600 miles with its 6.1 gallon tank. Dry weight is 369 pounds and it will climb a 60% (32 degree) grade. Top speed is just over 90mph. Runs on diesel, biodiesel or aviation kerosene, too. Production is slated for March of 2006.
102mpg? 600 mile range? This looks like a sweet dual sport commuter. I like it.