“Track” was a Dutch brand of diesel motorcycles. The Track was designed and developed by Erik Vegt. His company was called “Track Dieselmotorfiets” and the production team consisted of four people. Erik Vegt had a company (EVA Products) in the past where he adapted motorcycles for long journeys and participation in (desert) rallies. These motorcycles had to have a large fuel tank and extra muscular suspension, which did not benefit the driving characteristics off the beaten track.
Diesel engines are more economical with fuel
But in terms of weight and engine characteristics, until recently they were not the ideal power source for adventurous riders with the ambition to travel off road. Star Twin from Loenen has also focused on the production of engines with a diesel engine block. But at the Loenen company, the approach was to change that old-fashioned diesel into dynamic diesel. The Thunderstar - the project is still developing - is an extremely sporty superbike.
Erik looked for ways to solve these problems and found them in the use of a light diesel engine. In the meantime, the power delivery of such diesel engines had improved considerably, partly due to the application of Common-Rail Diesel Injection (CDI). Still under the company name EVA Products, the development of a diesel motorcycle started in 2006. In the same year, a first prototype was completed, and in 2009 the magazine “Motor” published a test with this motorcycle.
A three-cylinder diesel
The heart of the Track is the 800cc OM660 three-cylinder turbo diesel from Daimler (Mercedes). The engine block is also used in industrial applications such as air conditioning generators, in boats and in the Smart car. The most important modification for the Track diesel motorcycle is the installation of its own engine management system. EVA Products has also applied a lower (flatter) crankcase. In the Track, the engine delivers a power of 45 hp between 3000 and 4000 rpm. The maximum torque is 100 Nm at 1800 rpm.
Erik Vegt spent three years perfecting the model.
For the design, the builder called on a designer from Aprilia and Alfa Romeo and that resulted in a pretty cool design. The engine consumes 2,5 liters of diesel per 100 km and thus has an output of 45 hp. That is a realistic, usable ability without the megalomaniacal approach of the fellow competitors. The power is transferred to the rear wheel via an automatic transmission with centrifugal clutch, an in-house developed CVT and cardan shaft. The CVT ensures that the engine always transmits the maximum torque to the rear wheel, so that you always have the maximum pulling power. The acceleration power is highest between 60 and 120 km / h, exactly where you need it. The secondary transmission is done by means of a cardan. And there was no special user rate for motorcycles running on diesel.
If you drive slowly, you can do almost 30 km on a liter of diesel. In theory, this means that 19 km can be driven continuously with the 570 liters of fuel.
End of story
Track Motorcycles built the last four bicycles from April 2013 and then the curtain fell. In a news report on the site, Track reported that they have been unable to find enough customers to remain a viable business. In order to comply with regulations, they must sell at least 100 bicycles per year. That did not work. And that is why it is still teeming with BMW GSes
The number of tracks that are registered in the Netherlands is at least 12 pieces and they are all registered as self-build. This can be deduced from the structure of the frame number. Unfortunately only known to RDW.
Erik Vegt has apparently also received a number of numbers from RDW in order to be able to obtain a type approval. But it ended there. I never told you this when selling, but probably knew.
After many calls and emails to RDW, it appears that no more diesels are registered since 2016. One of these can be found with an AMK reader in Flanders. And he gets his Track but not on license plate ...