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I find that a very clear question:
- What is used to fuel the Space Marine Bikes?
My sub-questions would be:
- How long will it last, in example: how long will it keep riding, how much miles will be ridden?
- What is the power of the bike, in example: how much horse-power will it deliver?
- Are all fueled the same?
This is in no way official but someone wrote up a Squat army list and posted this as part of the background:
In addition, the Squats had developed an highly-efficient fuel from a semi-liquid ore they called Eiktane that they used for the large industrial vehicles as well as their two- and three-wheeled personal and motorized vehicles (some of which were modified with forward-firing weapons).
to further the arsenal of the Space Marines in general, as well as their fuel. The Squats were tough negotiators and not easily intimidated. Eventually, a deal was struck where the Squats would receive foodstuffs and other supplies (like discarded weapon systems) for ore (including Eiktane).
In no way official fluff but as good as any other (if you accept the fact that the squats were destroyed by the Tyranids the line taken by Jervis Johnson as opposed to never having existed in the first place.)
Prometheum is the generally accepted combustible. So it's fuel for vehicles and bikes, flamers, etc. Not sure what mileage it gets, although as a universal fuel I'd imagine it's pretty good.
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A fusion cell perhaps? That's what they use for power armour, so why not for bikes?
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I woulkd imagine that every chapter has different fuel sources given that they are scattered across the galaxy they may not have access to one particular fuel type.
I agree with lord of change in that I always thought it was promethium. I can't remember where I got that idea from though.
Maybe not the same stuff that gets fired from flamers, but possibly a refined version thereof? That's just a guess though.
yer, promethium is the general fuel source. not fusion cells. same as all other imperial veichles. and yes, different planets would probably refine the fuel to different purity levels and include different engine primers ect. the AM would, i'd expect have the best fuel though.
The best fuel would probably be for the White Scars, for they also have the best bikes (or at least the best drivers).
Next to that, Prometheum is very acceptable, I will settle with it. But I still haven't seen any fuel pumps on a marine world either
The fusion cell I don't think of as a power unit. Why? Because it's quite clean and doesn't produce a lot of noise. Next to that, as seen on the model and in lots of fluff, it's a combustion engine. That means it has pistons and the like, which brings the noise. Also, why would the bike have four exhausts (other than being cool) if it only produced a low amount of exhaust fumes and the like, as in => not prometium or other liquid fuel.
Thanks though, I can work with that.
I'm certain the bikes would use the same fuel as other vehicles; the logistical benefits practically demand it. Besides, the bikes themselves aren't particularly high-tech, just rugged and capable of carrying heavy loads (Marine+power armor+supplies).
How many miles per gallon do they get? I haven't a clue, but most military vehicles are not fuel-efficient; durability and armor are given higher priority. In a guerilla situation, bike fuel would probably be provided via air drop or drop-pod, if that's any help.
Also because they're military-use, those bikes are probably very low-maintenance. Never a tech-priest around when you need one and a frustrated White Scar with a big wrench doing field repairs is not a pretty sight.
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What exactly is promethium? They can´t be thinking about the element, which is a rare earth metal. Its highly radioactive, but in no way combustiable.
Is it described as an organic compound? Or something completely different?
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