Motorbikesindia.com we thoroughly studied the future of the Indian two-wheeler market and were amazed by the ingenuity of Indian inventors and manufacturers who have developed remarkable new concepts powered by alternative fuels.
The air bike
First, a group of Indian engineering students in Haryana who invented a pollution-free bike that works in the AIR! Without CO2 emissions, this is one of the most important current concerns of the Indian government.
But before we are all too excited to eliminate the need for gasoline! There is still a long way to go before the concept becomes a reality and may (or may not) be a mass product.
There are a number of obstacles to overcome before India’s love story with motorcycles even moves from burning gasoline to fresh air.
Some of the key challenges will be:
- Speed: currently, the maximum speed is about 10 to 12 MPH
- Range: the current concept will cover about ½ mile
- Look: As you’ll see in the attached “YouTube”video, it’s not exactly a “baby” magnet!
- Transport of two very large air compressors on the back of the bike.
As with all new ideas, there has to be a starting point, so hats off to the guys for going that far. As someone once said:”it is the dreamers of the day who change the world”.
If you thought that the concept of” AIR ” as a power supply for a motorcycle was an incredible and impossible dream? Well, how about H2O! Another impossible dream you think? Well, actually NO, a 20-year-old man, namely bhaumik Patel from Vadodara, did just that! With water to his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle!
Patel did not have the kind of training that you would naturally have thought would lead to his invention, he did not attend the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), or any other leading technical institute, but he holds an SSC and has attended a number of workshops on aviation.
He was inspired by his fundamental understanding of the separation of hydrogen from water, and set up a small laboratory in his father’s shop in Nagarwada. His breakthrough came when he created a circuit that powers the battery of motorcycles, which then successfully began the process of separating hydrogen from water.
The next step was to send the hydrogen into the fuel tank, which he managed to do, which then drove the bike’s engine! Genius! He managed to run the bike for half an hour with only 600 ml of water!
Patel has invested a lot of money in the project and hopes to apply for the patent for his invention (water fuel) in Germany and Japan. One of his main concerns is that he has not asked to protect his idea in India and fears that others may adopt his idea.
Motorbikesindia.com Greetings to this brilliant young man, and we wish him success in the future. With the price of gasoline in today’s commodity market, we can all hope that Patel and companies like Biosfuel in New Zealand and Aquygen in America working on the same concept will succeed in reinventing the way motorcycles and other forms of transportation are powered.
THE BIKE ENGINE DIESEL
Although not necessarily a new concept, diesel motorcycles are starting to make noise (in more ways than one) in the huge two-wheeler market in India. Motorbikesindia.com have learned that bikes currently like the hero Honda Diesel 400, which will soon be available in the Indian market, has created a great excitement and expectations.
An earlier entry in the Indian market was the Royal Enfield Taurus, until a few years ago new pollution laws banned the use of certain diesel bikes in India.
Until recently, Royal Enfield in India was the only manufacturer to mass-produce a diesel motorcycle. An industrial diesel with 6.5 hp was installed as part of the British Royal Enfield. However, due to pollution laws, this bike is no longer in production.
However, it was at that time of production one of the most economical bikes in India with over 200 mpg! Originally road mechanics mounted this engine into used balls, such as the Royal Enfield Retro Bikes, with the 18 hp 350 cc retrofit engine.
Seeing the success of these bikes, Royal Enfield began to make balls with the diesel engine and called it Taurus. The Taurus was available with an electric starter. A company based in Saharanpur, Sooraj AUTOMOBILE produces diesel motorcycles with Royal Enfield transmission equipped with a Lombardini 334cc diesel engine, the company announced an energy efficiency of 80 km / h, and most of them are still in operation.
As the competition becomes more intense, the oldest company producing motorcycles in India, Royal Enfield, is exploring new segments, with the idea of engines large-scale and diesel variants with less emissions. Enfield plans to bring diesel motorcycles back to the Indian market, a project that is currently being worked on.
Hero Honda Diesel 400
So back to the hero Honda Diesel 400 (see below), which will bring the diesel bikes back to India in 2013.
Hero Honda Diesel 400
At first impressions it looks like a winner, we especially love the lines and colorful wheels, and we look forward to the opportunity to test this bike.
Specifications and overview
Hero Honda now presents an innovative motorcycle, the Hero Honda Diesel 400, which will soon be launched in India. Due to rising gasoline prices in India, Hero MotoCorp has developed its first new diesel bike. It will be packed with advanced technology and many safety features.
Engine Type: air-cooled engine displacement 400cc,
Maximum power: 30 hp
Start: electric start
Wheel Type: Alloy Wheels
Energy efficiency: 30 KMPL
Fuel Capacity: 17 Ltr
Fuel Type: Diesel
So air, water and diesel alongside the traditional petrol wheels; we look forward to seeing the petrol stations that you may have to rename “all petrol stations” with all their different offerings in the future! And we did not even touch on the “electric” option. It will be very interesting.
In short, motorbikesindia.com is very excited about the progress of motorcycle industry in India. We will report on current developments as they occur.
The ability of the Indian market to innovate and change has never stopped surprising the team here at MI, and we look forward to new changes that will enhance the experience of the Indian “biker”, although we are not sure what “fuel” the next innovation will bring.