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  • Aug 14, 2014
UPDATE: The Hormel food company – and the starting place for the trip – is based in Austin, Minnesota, not Austin, Texas, as we originally wrote. The text has been changed to reflect this.

It's a well-known fact: bacon makes everything better. From martinis and ice cream to filet mignon and asparagus, there's pretty much nothing you can include this gift of the swine to that it doesn't improve. Being that this is an automotive enthusiast site, you may be wondering: How does bacon improve transportation? Clearly it must, if the axiom quoted at the beginning is correct (and we've established that it is), but how?

For the answer, we turn to the crew from Hormel, which is a name you might recognize from the chilled meats section of your favorite grocery store. The Austin-based food empire has assembled a motorcycle that runs on bacon grease that would otherwise have been discarded, with the goal in mind of traveling from Austin, MN, to San Diego, CA, in time for the International Bacon Film Festival, which we didn't know existed, but in retrospect, of course exists.

The machine started life as an EVA Track T800CDI diesel-powered motorcycle, hailing from The Netherlands, and a bacon-grease conversion was performed by the crew from CSE Engineering, who are accompanying the procession as it crosses the western half of the United States as part of a 12-person team that is filming and documenting the adventure. Take a look up top for some photos of the bike and its journey, and scroll down below for a playlist of videos. And rest easy this evening with the knowledge that bacon does indeed make the world of transportation a better place to be.


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      The Skwid
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hormel is based out of Austin, Minnesota. Not Texas. The bike road tripped from Austin, Minnesota, through Sturgis, and ended in San Diego. 

      Julius
      • 4 Months Ago

      Bacon-powered motorcycle?  Gives a new meaning to a "Fat Boy' bike...

      SublimeKnight
      • 4 Months Ago

      You want to take our corn for ethanol? Fine. 

      For the love of all things holy... Leave us our bacon. 

        Yohannon
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SublimeKnight

        Actually, we can keep the bacon... and pour the (properly treated) grease into this... um... Hog?

        Okay, the puns and pictures of Porky the Pig eating bacon while riding it in 3... 2...

      2 wheeled menace
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm on a keto/paleo/atkins type diet and this gives me ideas as to what i should do with the leftover grease... :)

        Danny G
        • 4 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace

        Not sure why you got down voted, but keto FTW!

      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago

      Boys and girls, I give you the manliest motor vehicle ever!

      Agent55
      • 4 Months Ago

      The rider (jolly bearded guy) is a good buddy of mine, so stoked to see him here on Autoblog!

      Corner49
      • 4 Months Ago

      But then what will I make my gravy with?

      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hormel wins

      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 4 Months Ago

      Deliciously irreverant, I like it a lot.

      LuvGermanCars
      • 4 Months Ago

      Waiting for the motorcycle cop jokes in 3, 2, 1...

      johnb
      • 4 Months Ago

      waste of bacon.  eat the bacon, use gas. 

        zepeda1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @johnb

        No bacon was harmed in the making of this film! Read the article, they used the leftover bacon grease that would have been discarded.

        Too bad it wasn't a Harley, so this be the hog of all hogs!


         

          SublimeKnight
          • 4 Months Ago
          @zepeda1

          "bacon grease that would have been discarded"... In the south, that will get you smacked in the face.

          Doug Danzeisen Sr
          • 4 Months Ago
          @zepeda1

          Or they could have hired a fat police officer to ride the harley - so then one would have a "Pig" riding a "Hog" that fuels itself on "Bacon,"

        Doug Danzeisen Sr
        • 4 Months Ago
        @johnb

        Or eat White Castles and GET gas.

        Better yet, eat white castle burgers WITH bacon and get gas AND Cholesterol.

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