It’s a Real Road Hog! New Motorcycle Runs on Bacon Grease

08/13/2014 at 04:25 PM ET

Hormel Bacon Grease Motorcycle
Courtesy BlackLabelBacon

For lack of a better name, let’s call it the Pork Chop-per!

Hormel has introduced the world’s first diesel motorcycle that runs entirely on bacon grease.

Scott Schraufnagel who works for BBDO Minneapolis, the advertising agency that came up with the idea for the bike, told that the motorcycle, “runs on B-100 bio-diesel so what that means is it has no hazardous waste materials.”

But you can’t go to the gas station and filler up just yet. Specialized companies, like Bio-Blend Fuels in Wisconsin, convert grease into bio-diesel. “It’s almost a one-to-one ratio in terms of one pound of material to about a gallon of pig fuel,” said Schraufnagel.

A $3.50 gallon of pig petrol will take you about 75 to 100 miles — and every one of them will smell like sweet Sunday bacon, reports.

The swine-cycle could make its way to a theater near you. It’s the star of a documentary called “Driven by Bacon,” which tracks one bacon-lover’s travels across the country via bacon bike. Last stop: the International Bacon Film Festival in San Diego at the end of August, of course.

—Amy Jamieson

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Mana Lowery on

A motorcycle running on bacon grease sure looks like an interesting invention! The only question lies that whether it will be eco-friendly and economical or not. I feel that the maintenance cost of this motorcycle will definitely be high and there will be requirement of specialized tuning moto products.

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