Why am I specifying “Petrol” in the title? Because the Ecorider is one of the very few production motorcycles that has an available diesel engine. With that said, this was technically called an ATV, not a motorcycle, and as such riders did not need a motorcycle license in Europe. Ecorider had a US distributor but this is the first one I’ve ever seen in the country – it’s probably easiest to think of it as a cheaper Rokon.
An interesting feature is the 11″ wide tires that can roll with just 2 psi, meaning they actually put less pressure on the ground (and therefore do less damage in the wilderness) than human feet. It was built in Scotland and had some fun options such as a few trailers and a rifle holder. Engine options were a Hatz 230cc diesel or a Kohler 175cc petrol motor, the latter of which is equipped to today’s machine. Unfortunately, Ecorider went into liquidation in 2009.
This example (VIN: SFJEC17516N001724) was imported to the US in 2009 and has approximately 25 miles on it. The seller says it runs great and it has a tow hitch. He’s never registered it and says that it’s best for someone with farmland, a ranch, vineyard, etc.
Find this Ecorider for sale in Placerville, California for $3,500 here on Craigslist.
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