- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

Switch grass has some competition in the bio-fuel department.

The Hormel Company has built a motorcycle that runs on organic biodiesel fuel made from converted bacon grease. The “Driven by Bacon” project is rolling - the tricked out, formerly diesel-powered bike is bound for Sturgis, South Dakota - site of the behemouth gathering of motorcycles, and now underway.

It may give a new meaning to the term “hog.”

A cross country excursion to the San Diego Bacon Fest follows in late August. A film crew is following, of course, chronicling the exploits of a bike that gets up to 70 miles a gallon, with savory fumes.

“The exhaust smells like bacon. So when we cruise past you, you’ll thank us,” the project organizers say, virtuously adding, “If there were a bacon biodiesel tanker spill in the ocean, the fuel would be safe and mouthwatering fish food. This bacon biodiesel is nearly carbon-neutral, meaning it contributes almost zero emissions to global warming.”

When that’s all over, the motorcycle will be displayed at the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.

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