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Speaking of motorcycles, how about a diesel?

This is the Neander 1400:

If I’m not mistaken, it’s from Germany.

It uses a turbo-diesel, is un-godly fast, and gets about 65 MPG if I’m remembering correctly from the review I read a while back.

Driving impression on an oil burning machine

Freitag, den 9. November 2007

It is different. This is what one always hears from those, who have driven it. As soon as you’ve reclined (it can’t be described any differently), you feel that everything is different. You get this pile of iron between your legs, the massive tank arches before you towards the steering column, and behind you, you feel the (necessary) backrest, and believe that behind the half-meter tail…

You recline on, or according to your point of view, into the Neander. The 300 kilos to be put into motion are not so much composed of bells and whistles, but rather much more from a conglomerate of mechanical and electronic components. That much is certain. And you ask yourself if this mass of Hi-Tech can really maneuver through the curves. Like Mama always said: The proof is in the pudding.

Therefore, the starter is pressed, stout-heartedly: Aha! No sonorous V2 putt-putt, no siren-like four-cylinder bellowing howl, but rather a new tone for a two-wheeler: Something nails you, and its not the mean old parents. The diesel makes a unique statement: Fuel is being processed at high pressure.

The best thing for you to do is avoid this “commercial-vehicle” background, by kicking thing in the ass.

Quickly, put it in first gear, and engage…wow! Something’ moving! …and this monster is off and running. Bam! Into second gear, then third, and no one is thinking about “commercial vehicle” noises anymore. In third gear, it’s spreading a melody more often heard from sport planes, and…horrors!…you’re already well beyond the 100 km/h mark.

Mercy! What kind of catapult is this. Completely sovereign, almost arrogant, the machine pulls out the stops and catapults the driver into bliss.

Once you’ve leveled off somewhere around the permitted speed limit, things start being comfortable. Allow yourself to relax and then it’s time to make sure that you’re properly seated. Wonderful! The feet are still on the cruiser-style footrests, the arms arch in their extension to the steering column.

This is what you could call “ergonomic harmony”.

Now, it’s time to test both the speed and the ability to curve. Look at that: A cruiser going balls to the wall! All that weight from the start has been blown away. The vehicle seems rather to be guided by the driver’s knees.

Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel

Like a lamb, the Neander throws itself and the driver into the curves and enjoys the next straightaway, where it can open up. Hey! Let’s get moving!

It really is a new way to open up the throttle. The diesel motor thrusts it along the asphalt with the help of the indomitable power of the turbocharger like a true friend. Slopes don’t just exist geographically.

Thanks to the colossal torque reserves, the motor simply doesn’t see them. Without a problem, the driver is propelled at up to 220 kilometers per hour. The vehicle only simulates much lower speeds.

Even at this speed, you sit relaxed in the saddle (when you have strong neck muscles stabilizing your head) and circumspectly wonder if those are airplanes that you’re passing right and left.

With all of the sound of a Cessna, we (the motorcycle and I) press on through the country-side and determine that the mouth has been frozen into a roguish grin. That may well be the best indicator of the highest level of driver enjoyment. That grin is quickly exchanged for another expression as the brakes are used for the first time: Help.

It really does brake! Just as fast as the thing accelerates, it leans into deceleration. No wonder: A total of six shanks bite into the three 320 brakes.

Tossing an anchor into a forest might cause similar deceleration effects. Braking really needs to be done in small doses, but that’ll be practiced later. Hey, we want to have fun and blow off the doors, right?

Bravely reclining once more, the corners of the mouth start turning back up. Sovereignity is truly the right word, when you want to describe the acceleration and it’s effect on the body and how you sit in one breath. Cultivated driving with the option to let yourself run, which is refreshing for the ego. I’ll ask once more: Doc, could you prescribe

This is the English version from their website.

Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel
Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel
Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel
Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel


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