Coming from left field but hitting it squarely in the “awesome” section, Hero recently unveiled a 150cc diesel engine powered motorcycle called the “RNT”. The oil burner, with its square lines, flat surfaces and 1980’s Sci-fi aesthetics looks fantastically practical and more like a scooter than a motorcycle.

The RNT concept weighs about 300 lbs, has a top speed of 44mph, and a tank capacity of 1.5 gallons. At that weight, the Hero RNT 150 is quite pudgy compared to your typical 150cc scooter but the potential benefits of the increased efficiency and range of the Diesel might make up for that.

To top it all off, the concept features two wheel drive. It’ll be interesting to see if and how Hero goes forward with this concept.

“The wide, flat-loading surfaces, as well as multi-use folding side racks, a large comfortable seat and spacious footboards are novelties never seen on a motorcycle before,” Hero MotoCorp MD & CEO Pawan Munjal said after unveiling the concept model in the capital. “Under the surface, there is just as much that is new, exciting and practical. It comes with a high torque 150cc diesel engine with an optional turbocharger.”

Regardless, this is an interesting and potentially useful idea from a motorcycle manufacturer with global ambitions. Hero is also planning on releasing a petrol-electric hybrid scooter in 2014 called the Leap. With an 8 kW electric motor and a 124cc gas engine, it will have a top speed of 62 mph and a theoretically range of 211 miles.

Big things are happening at the Indian manufacturer.

Source: The Economic Times

  • Brad W.

    Is this one if the examples of the new EBR inspired designs from Hero? If so, that’s a good start. Something different, innovative and hugely practical for the Indian and sub Asia markets.

  • Jake

    Would love to start seeing diesel motorcycles (or at least the engines) make it into production. Make it a 250cc turbo and drop it into a proper dual sport and you’d have a hell of a ADV camping machine.

  • KSW


    BMW Motorcycles Atlanta has a Diesel Ducati in the showroom. Give them a ring and it could be yours.

    WOW a place for two umbrella girls or a girl friend and one umbrella girl. : )

  • paulus

    Some styling changes, knobby tires and this could be a good woods/trekking tool.

  • DucatiGuy

    For those that didn’t know, a family of five riding a single small motorcycle (typically 125cc) is a common sight throughout Asia.

    Looks like they’re about to get the equivalent of the wood-panelled station wagon! They’ll be able to have a couple more kids – or bring the grandparents along.

  • paulus

    I am with you on that. THe front and rear of this are ideal for loading a pick up truck equivalent of people/goods…. coupled with torque and fuel economy… it will probably sell really well.

  • Norm G.

    re: “To top it all off, the concept features two wheel drive”

    on paper, yes. in picture…? not so much.

  • deepak dubey

    good look,

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