Motorcycle Sizzles When Powered by Bacon Grease

A nearly carbon-neutral, biodiesel motorbike is the star of a new documentary film.

Hormel Foods Corporation, a company that has been making bacon for over 100 years, has now made the world’s first motorcycle fueled by bacon grease.

The Austin-based company has created a new marketing campaign in time for the International Bacon Film Festival in San Diego, California, which takes place August 29.

A team of 12 traveled with rider Eric Pierson, a Minneapolis actor. They filmed the journey for the film, “Driven By Bacon,” which will be shown at the film festival this year.Hormel and marketing firm BBDO Minneapolis sponsored a motorcycle that runs on organic biodiesel made of refined bacon grease, which traveled from Austin to California this month.

The “Driven By Bacon” team worked with Bio-Blend Fuels in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to refine bacon grease into 100 percent biodiesel, an environmentally-safer alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

Bio-Blend turned about 275 gallons of bacon grease into 250 gallons of B100 bacon biodiesel for the project.

Sadly, in January 2014 Bio-Blend Fuels, a small boutique biodiesel plant, permanently shut down all fuel production, citing uncertainty over the U.S. governments Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for 2014.

“Changes in industry regulations have made it increasingly more difficult for a small plant to compete with large scale commercial plants,” said owners Dan and Tracy Kaderabek.

But the bacon biodiesel they made for the “Driven By Bacon” campaign is nearly carbon-neutral, contributing almost no emissions to global warming.

And the exhaust emission smells like bacon!

The Black Label Bacon Bike was rebuilt from a diesel motorcycle from the Netherlands, the Track T-800CDI, with a touring motorcycle body style, one of only 20 ever made.

Mechanical engineer and “bacon fiend” Charlie Smithson stripped the bike down to its core and remade it as a café racer inspired, bacon-powered machine.

The Track T-800CDI has an 800 cc three-cylinder CDI common rail turbo diesel engine developed by Mercedes especially for the motorcycle.

Manufactured by EVA Products BV, it gets 100 miles per gallon and can go from zero to 60 mph in six seconds.

Pierson pulled the Bacon Bike up on the beach at San Diego, California on Tuesday.

Hormel reps say the “Driven By Bacon” marketing campaign is a great way to publicize Hormel’s Black Label Bacon brand and the motorcycle will be used as a promotional tool in the future.

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