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    One of the bizarre outcomes of the "mandatory' catalytic converters is the change in the smell of diesel exhausts.

    On the old days, diesels just smelt like, well, diesels. with about the only variation being the "colour" of the smoke when starting or if you floored it.

    After catalytic converters, there was a distinct sulpherous smell, which in Australia, should be odd.

    Australianicon crude has the lowest sulphur content in the world.

    Stuff from the middle-east among the highest.

    If your exhaust smells like rotten eggs or worse, it's the fuel, and your catalytic converter.

    Older diesels will run on just about any "light" oil, even filtered oil from the fish and chip shop. Do not try this with your new Mercedes. "Bio-diesel" is a way around shortages / the spiraling cost of proper diesel fuel, so I can imagine the Eurocrats going nuts over the thought someone, somewhere, might be "minimizing" their contribution to the government coffers. As H. L. Mencken defined it: "“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce_in_Oz View Post
    Older diesels will run on just about any "light" oil, even filtered oil from the fish and chip shop. Do not try this with your new Mercedes. "Bio-diesel" is a way around shortages / the spiraling cost of proper diesel fuel, so I can imagine the Eurocrats going nuts over the thought someone, somewhere, might be "minimizing" their contribution to the government coffers. As H. L. Mencken defined it: "“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
    I used to run my Vauxhall Astra estates on chip oil....... at the time new oil was around half the price of diesel, I started off 50/50 mixing it with diesel then 80/20 then 90/10....... the exhaust did smell like a chippy, the car run fine, the older Astra with the Japaneseicon Diesel was the better......... as Bruce mentions, any old Diesel engine such as a land rover etc will run fine on chip oil, its worth noting the vehicle type and the fuel pump though, there are a few sites which give details of what engines can run on what.

    My own Ute (Citroen Berlingo van) wont run it due to the fuel pump, but would probably be happy on 50/50, or make a pre heater for the oil which many folk do to get the viscosity up.

    For making your own fuel or using chip oil you need pay tax on it and the info for the UKicon can be downloaded etc, I used to have all the info in the glove box just in case I was stopped........ but always forgot to pay.........

    Back to the original Q, the fuel tank on my Ducati 750 ss was not that big and can't recall the capacity but didn't take a lot to fill it. lovely bike but needed a lot doing to it, every time I went out something died on it..... I have to admit I've been toying with the idea of 748 recently, its one of my all time favourites but as mentioned in a previous post, I also had a test ride on one and it hammered my wrists a lot worse than my old GSXR 750 slingshot......

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    oh dear here comes Ovidio to tell me off!!

    I live in the most dangerous corner of the Country.
    1 MPG here is enough.
    I mean prosecco, of course.
    Talking fuel, today I checked my California Custom 1400. On normal roads, it takes 6.7 l/100 km. Not bad at all.
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    100klms = 62.13 miles
    6.7Ltr = 1.76 US liquid Gallon divide into above
    = 35.30 Miles/ Gallon

    Not to bad Ovidio as I would say the California is allot heavier and allot bigger engined than my 848 the Guzzi being shaft drive is turning a bit more metal than me.

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    Well I got the Dyno charts that were done earlier on in my bikes life the Blue line is stock standard and the Red line is with the mods to the bike I am pretty happy its developing 136RWHP and not what I thought it was as that was standard RWHP (127) still getting used to riding a twin as you have to get the engine working not like the Blackbird just twist the wrist and launch, but this Ducati boy it is fun cornering it just wants to go round them fast but I am still scuffing up the chicken strips got about 1/4" left to do.
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    Yep. This morning I left quite early before coming to work and had some bike time on easy, empty roads. Consumption was immediately down to 5.8 l/100 km. Definitely good with such a baby.
    If you can let her roll on her mega torque, she does not drink much.
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    Yesterday I left at 5:00 to go to Austriaicon on a business trip with my Guzzi. Went only on normal roads.
    Home, Vittorio Veneto, Belluno, Cortina, Dobbiaco, Brennero, Innsbruck, then about 50 km further west to see the first one.
    Arrived at 11:00. At 15:00 I left and rode back to Innsbruck, Zillertal and on to Sankt Johann im Pongau.
    Arrived at 20:00, after 650 km and with average consumption of 5,3 l/100 km. Today I left at 7:00, rode to Graz. After seing my other customer there, at 13:30 I took the way home, riding through hills and montains to Tarvisio and from there down the main road to home.
    Total over 1200 km, 19 hours riding time (lots of traffic in Austria), 5,2 l/100 km.
    Not bad at all.
    And one of the greatest business trips of the last years.
    Now I have my buttocks red from riding and my face red from all the sun
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    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    Most I have ever done in the saddle pretty much non stop was 17 hours back in 1976 with only stops for fuel and the occasional pull up a bush on the side of the road I must say I will not be doing that again as riding around our mid & south west at night in the rain was no fun at all especially when you do not have the correct gear for such conditions my mate pushed on to Perth on his CB750 Honda which saw another 2.5 hours for him so 19.5 hour stint......


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