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Hayes M1030 military motorcycle

Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670
Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.—Cormac McCarthy, The Road.

When the apocalypse comes, this is the bike I will be riding. Because it’s probably the toughest bike in the world. It’s the civilian version of the Hayes Diversified Technologies M1030, the most highly regarded military motorcycle in the West. It’s not yet on sale, although there’s a waitlist you can get onto.

The price will be $18,500 + tax and shipping, and there are several things that make this machine something out of the ordinary. For starters, the M1030-M2 LE 670—to give it its full name—can run on seven different fuels including diesel, biodiesel, JP8 aviation kerosene and other military fuel variants. It’s based on the already bulletproof Kawasaki KLR650, but the engine is HDT’s own: a 670cc 4-stroke, indirect injection liquid-cooled thumper.

Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670
Output varies according to fuel quality, with the optimum being 33hp—good enough for 152 kph (95 mph). Hit the water and you’re still doing fine, because this bike has a fording depth of 610mm, so it can safely traverse water two feet deep. All lights meet military specs for ‘blackout lighting’, whatever that is, and you can even specify an infrared driving light—pictured below—which sounds like fun.

Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670
Pretty much everything on the HDT M1030 is not only heavy duty but also waterproof, dustproof and non-reflective, right down to the fork boots. And you can ride all day without having to refuel, because the range is 653 km at a very brisk 90 kph (408 miles at 55 mph). The only downside is that this diesel motorcycle comes in just one color: tan. But if you find yourself needing this machine, color is probably going to be the least of your worries.

[For more diesel motorcycle goodness, check out the stylish Track T-800CDI from Holland. It’s the evil twin of the KTM Adventure, and it’s on sale right now.]

Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670
Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670
Military motorcycle: the HDT M1030-M2 LE 670

  • Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah….. I want one of these. Straight out of Mad Max, nobody gonna mess with me on the motorway when I’m filtering thro the traffic. All it needs is a machine gun on the bars and we’re all set.

  • PeteP

    C’mon! They’ve been teasing this thin for almost 10 years! It’ll NEVER be released.

    I have a brochure from another company that competed for the same contract. They developed a diesel/multi-fuel CR500! Twice the horsepower and half the weight at 75 MPG.

  • mmh,

    for that amount of money i’d go for the XT1200Z Super Ténéré

    apart from that multi-fuel thing, which could be handy if there was indeed an apocalyps around the corner and the only fuel available would be home-made biodiesel I can’t see much sense in buying this bike.

  • This is reliving my Action Man daydreams. Solid!

  • Anton

    This bike doesn’t seem to be fn’ around which is cool. But I don’t see the civilian use for this. Are you gonna be doing your own nightly patrols along the Arizona/Mexican border with your infrared scope and ‘black out’ lighting? Black Out lighting BTW refers to lighting on the vehicle only being visible at a certain distance as to not draw attention to the lit vehicle at night.

    • For most of us, I guess the bike’s abilities exceed our needs. But if you live in a remote area, or regularly travel into the wild blue yonder on hunting trips or suchlike, I guess it could be handy. In countries where diesel is much cheaper than petrol it would also make economic sense.

  • Kevin O

    I’m with Pete on this one, only time we’ll see these is if they make it to a government surplus. My brother was raving about these 7 or 8 years ago, and they we’re only a few months out on civilian production then. Ha!

  • teddy q

    chuck norris has had one since the 80s – in black…

  • If the apocalypse indeed were upon us, would it be better to have spent $18,500 on this bike, or would it be better to have spent that same amount of money, buy 5 KLRs and just keep fixing them if they break? The multi-fuel aspect is amazing. As crazy as it is, I’m curious to know what it means to be on the waiting list…

  • I contacted HDT about the availability of the bike and they said:

    “We hope to be able to offer these sometime in 2011 but do not have an exact release date … it is definitely something that HDT wants to release sooner [rather] than later.

    “There is just much more involved than just offering it to the civilians when our main customer is the military, which I’m sure you can understand.”

    Make of it what you will.

  • If we can get out of the war in Afghanistan anytime soon, maybe there will be some of these bikes HDT bikes on the civilian market. I’m guessing the new Triumph Adventure bikes will be available before that happens.

  • Lynn

    Actually, I think blackout lighting around mountain trails would be a fun way to test your abilities. But then I am not one to believe any toy like this exceeds my needs or is something I really do not need. I only say that when I cannot get my hands on it.

  • dr death

    i win the lottery , this is mine. get me some ir goggles, flat black paint n my ninja suit, n the cops would NEVER catch me going 95 makin that midnight muchies run. the nwo would fear me…….. steal obamas cheeseburgers right outa his hands n honk as i vanished into nothing.

  • Anonymous

    2 please in case i wreck the first one