The military may have a reputation for $500 toilet seats and $1,000 hammers, but they also deserve credit for pioneering innovations like cellular and GPS technology. When the U.S. Marine Corps needed motorcycles that run on JP-8 fuel, they contracted Hayes Diversified Technologies to convert Kawasaki KLR650s into rugged, diesel-burning workhorses.
The HDT M103M1 pulls 96 miles per gallon when cruising at 55 mph, and according to a recent NY Times piece, was "...sluggish at first, [but] gathered speed with dogged insistence."
The article states that the M103M1 is the world's only production diesel motorcycle, and that HDT is barely able to keep pace with military demand, making public consumption-- at least for the moment-- out of the question.
I don't know about you, but this purpose-built military application makes me wonder when consumers will be able to buy their own seemingly indestructible, fuel efficient diesel bikes.
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