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    Default HDT USA/Kawasaki diesel motorcycle for the masses ... this time for real?

    I hope this is not a repost or in the wrong thread but this is new info. To people with like me who grew up on offroad and dualsport bikes this is almost like finding out the Second Coming is near. God bless knobbies.

    HDT (Hayes Diversified Technology), the builder of the USMC diesel motorcycle based on Kawasaki's KLR 650, sent me this e-mail Friday. They are taking orders ... 3 bike styles offered, 2 military style ... one gasoline, 55 mpg, and the other diesel, 95 mpg, and one civilian style diesel, 105 mpg, with the current Kawasaki "E" model bodywork. The diesel's price is high but the gasoline military model on the other hand is quite tempting since to convert a stocker, if I did it myself with the suspension and motor mods and everything else, would cost more than the turnkey model from HDT and still not look as good.



    Dear Valued HDT Subscriber,


    Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the availability of HDT diesel and gasoline powered motorcycles for consumers. As you are probably aware, HDT has made announcements in the past about releasing a diesel powered motorcycle to the consumer public. Despite previous efforts to produce this motorcycle, plans were never actuated due to resource constraints and an effort to keep with our core focus of developing vehicle products for the US Military. Beginning in July 2009, HDT has undergone a major expansion which has put us in a position to properly consider a commercial motorcycle product offering. Below you will find detailed information and images about our consumer motorcycle products. We are currently gathering market data to determine the true level of interest in these products as defined by the following pricing and specifications:

    http://hdtusa.com/html-emails/hdt-at1-le.html

    http://hdtusa.com/html-emails/hdt-b2-le.html

    http://hdtusa.com/html-emails/hdt-m2-le.html

    After reviewing our products, we would greatly appreciate your feedback in our short 10-question survey:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hdtusa


    Sara Terlecki
    HDT - Hayes Diversified Technologies, Inc.

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    drool, I wanna get one but its over my budget 10K...

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    http://www.cyclonepower.com/

    Cool stuff. Thanks for posting. Check out this site for the future of multifuel engines. Imagine a motorcycle that could run on gaseous fuels (natural gas, propane,etc.), liquid fuels (petrol, diesel, etc.) or solid fuels (coal, wood chips, orange peels, MRE packaging, dried donkey turds, etc).

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    Just have to insert little bit of national pride: close to production is the dutch designed and soon to be produced E.V.A. diesel powered motorcycle. First model will have a 800cc turbocharged diesel taken from the Smart car, coupled to a CVT transmission. Good to see major manufacturers are also coming out with civilian diesel models.
    Links: http://www.dieselmotorfiets.nl/eva.html (click " info/nieuwsbrief" for some info) or http://www.dieselmotorcycle.co.uk/
    Price still little high though @ close to 18.000 euros...

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    I also have to add a bit of nationalistic interest.

    http://www.hdtusa.com/engineering.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranfield_University:-)

    Zundappuk

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    Nobody is going to sell many at 17K USD,
    and I hope the US Army doesn't either.

    The price is obscene.

    My $00,0002..

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    I'm pretty sure those diesel Harleys cost a lot more

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    I dont understand the point of a diesel motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CouchCommando View Post
    I'm pretty sure those diesel Harleys cost a lot more
    ?? Harley Diesel ??

    I dont understand the point of a diesel motorcycle.
    Multi-fuels, makes sense..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CouchCommando View Post
    I'm pretty sure those diesel Harleys cost a lot more
    Not a Harley.....

    You might be a bit confused with the Armstrong Military bikes......HD bought that company in the 80's.

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    "I dont understand the point of a diesel motorcycle"

    NATO's single battlefield fuel policy

    IE everything else runs on diesil so you don't have to cart round jerrycans of petrol just for the bikes


    unfortunatley the british army has solved this problem by scrapping it bikes 6 months ago

    would you send a courier out into helmand by themselves?

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