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Diesel Motorcycles

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In NATO, they have this large effort underway to insure commonality in everything so that everyone can interchange everything, more so with consumables than hardware, because every country has an interest in seeing success in their own military industrial manufacturing base for economic purposes.

So, bullets and fuel are two areas where this effort towards commonality goes, so that all military vehicles in NATO are supposed to operate on Diesel (a standard fuel, much as 5.56 is standard ammunition) within a specified period.

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Toward that end, a company has developed diesel fueled motorcyles, based on the Kawasaki KLR650, a robust yet simply designed single cylinder motorcycle intended as a dual purpose bike.

The USMC put a contract out requiring diesel and a company stepped forward and created it. The thing is a workhorse. Travels up to 90mph (not too fast, but it probably chugs forever) and the kicker? It gets 96 MPG. A future civilan variant is supposed to get 110 MPG.

Damned impressive and I'm looking forward to these being on the market.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 110304.php
http://www.vvdailypress.com/2001-2003/1 ... 44870.html

http://www.kawasaki.ca/dual/KLR650/
http://www.m1030.com/
http://www.f1engineering.com/projectpics%20white.html

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2 Marines rode theirs all the way from Kuwait to Baghdad. It was on the history channel sometime. Bad ass road trip if you ask me.

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I remember seeing something on TV about this and how the motorcycles are the ONLY reason the Army still has gasoline in they're inventory. Now they can do away with gas.
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Post by Stanley Goodspeed »

Ranger JimsYZF, don't the M1 Abrams-series tanks also use gasoline?

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Godspeed wrote:Ranger JimsYZF, don't the M1 Abrams-series tanks also use gasoline?
Hey there Godspeed, I don't know about your reading comprehension level and ability to do use logic or anything, but if it's said that "Motorcycles are the ONLY vehicle left in the inventory that use gasoline and now that they have produced a motorcycle that uses diesel it would not require NATO countries to carry gasoline as a fuel in the logistics supply matrix", you can pretty much bet that 'Tanks' are what is called a 'subset' of 'everything' and that they would have included the M1 Abrams in the subset of 'Tanks' since it is, in point of fact, a fucking tank.

In addition to that, other than our ability as human beings to use simple logic and deductive reasoning, we're not all experts in tanks. So the next time you're going to ask a lame ass questions about the specifications of a Tank, use the Google search box at the bottom of the site and look up the mutherfucking, easy to deduce for most people with an IQ over 85, tidbit of trivial information yourself.

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Roger that Ranger Spartan.

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Re: Diesel Motorcycles

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Spartan wrote:....a robust yet simply designed single cylinder motorcycle intended as a dual purpose bike.

The USMC put a contract out requiring diesel and a company stepped forward and created it. The thing is a workhorse. Travels up to 90mph (not too fast, but it probably chugs forever) and the kicker? It gets 96 MPG. A future civilan variant is supposed to get 110 MPG.
Single-cylinder motors historically have a tremendous amount of ability to develop torque (which doesn't always equate to HP). I too would like to have a chance to play with this thing. It can probably pull strong up an incline.

As for owning it, if the reputation and simplicity of deisel motors follows it into production, I could easily see owning one for commuting purposes (I would want mine to be painted EXACTLY like the one above -- OK, leave off the JP8/Desel stuff and put the Grim Reaper in its place)....
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I'm thinking that OCC (Orange County Choppers) could make a much more appealing tactical look. 8)
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