Talk about going hog heaven!
Hormel’s bacon-powered motorcycle, the world's first, is making its way across the country from Austin, Minn. to San Diego, Calif., to promote the upcoming International Bacon Film Festival and gives new meaning to “hogging the road.”
So, how does one make a bacon motorcycle?
First, Hormel had to find a motorcycle that could meet their needs. The company worked with SWM Adventure Motorsports to ship a diesel motorcycle from the Netherlands. The 2011 Track T-800 CDI, manufactured by EVA Products BV, has an 800 cc three-cylinder diesel engine and can go 0-60 mph in six seconds. Did we mention it gets 100 miles to the gallon? Click here to read more about it.
Next, bacon grease needed to be transformed. Hormel worked with Bio-Blend Fuels in Wisconsin to refine bacon grease into 100 percent biodiesel. Bio-Blend Fuels turned nearly 275 gallons of bacon grease into 250 gallons of engine-pumping bacon biodiesel.
And to answer the questions we’re sure is burning in the minds of most of our readers – yes, it does emit a lovely bacon smell in the exhaust. Bacon biodiesel is nearly carbon-neutral, meaning in addition to smelling like bacon, it also contributes almost zero emissions.