Hayes to produce and sell a street version of its diesel
motorcycle, called the D650-A1LE Bulldog!
Hayes Diversified Technologies, the designer and
manufacturer of the Kawasaki KLR650-based M1030M1
JP8/Diesel Military Motorcycle, has announced that due
to overwhelming response, they will produce a limited
run of diesel motorcycles for sale.
Founded 1961 by Marvin Hayes Sr., Hayes
has been providing diesel motorcycles and gas-fueled
motorcycles and ATV’s to the military and law
enforcement since 1982.
The company’s diesel motorcycle now
meets the requirements of NATO’s single battlefield fuel
doctrine. Hayes was selected earlier this year by
the United States Marine Corps to supply up to 500
combat diesel bikes.
Hayes is currently undergoing a final review of
Federal and State regulations with regards to commercial
motorcycles. They plan on accepting firm orders
for the D650-A1LE Bulldog soon, to be built in 2006 as
Hayes plans to offer individualized engine serial
numbers for the Bulldog. After receipt of a
customer's deposit for the 2006 Ltd. D650-A1LE Bulldog,
Hayes will provide the new owner with a custom,
military-style leather Bomber Jacket that includes a
special patch with the individualized engine serial
Additionally, each bike owner will receive
individualized documentation and a bronze medallion with
the individualized engine serial number.
Individualized engine serial numbers will be assigned
on a first come, first served basis, with the exception
of serial number 00001. Hayes intends to auction
off the first production unit with the proceeds going to
a Marine Corps charity and the Marine Corps Heritage
Museum in Quantico, Virginia.
Owners will be provided with monthly updates as to
the progress of the commercial production.
They will also be offering a limited choice of colors
and graphics. Hayes says that they are working on
color and graphic details now and will announce the
The Bulldog diesel motorcycle will have these
It will be the only production run of commercial
diesel motorcycles that will use the military engine and
limited to only 200 units.
- The D650-A1LE will have custom graphics by Wally
- It will have special Noleen/F1 rear suspension
and custom tuned front suspension.
- The D650-A1LE will be available with the
customer's choice of Dunlop D606 or D607 tires.
- Gearing will be customized to the rider's
preference for on-road, off-road, or adventure
- The D650-A1LE will have a custom seat cover.
- The D650-A1LE will have a custom, military
style, tool kit, especially equipped for adventure
Now for the downside. Don't expect to save much on
fuel (diesel is currently averaging $2.79 per gallon in
California at the time this was written). The
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the D650-A1LE
Bulldog will be $18,999.00 (the price is subject to
change until the opening of the initial offer to sell
and some restrictions may apply.)
A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the purchase price
will be required to hold the bike. The balance
will be due on presentation of documentation and notice
that the unit is ready for shipment. Deposits will
be refunded if HDTUSA is unable to deliver their
I sure would like one! Stay tuned for more.....
Diesel Motorcycle World Speed Records
Hayes has also recently established 8 World (FIM)
and 3 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) records at
Henry Ford’s racecourse at Bonneville Speedway this past
week with their diesel motorcycle.
The Hayes diesel motorcycles used
production engines and frames, but incorporated sleek
and streamlined components to increase speed, and reduce
All records are “unofficial” until the
AMA and FIM have certified them. HDTUSA owner and rider
Fred Hayes currently holds the two AMA diesel records
for the M-D 650 and M-DB 650 classes. The “unofficial”
FIM speeds were:
Division A, Type III, Class 1,
Kilometer, 154.392 km/h, mile, 95.875 mph
Division A, Type IV, Class 1,
Kilometer, 167.893 km/h, mile, 104.512 mph
Division B, Type III, Class 1,
Kilometer, 163.709 km/h, mile, 101.618 mph
Division B, Type IV, Class 1,
Kilometer, 169.261 km/h, mile, 104.997 mph
Three new changes included a center-mounted radiator,
new—smaller fuel tanks and lowered suspension.
Full fairings were utilized for two of the classes.
Pre-Bonneville tests showed that engine power increased
8 to 10 percent for both the normally aspirated engine
and the turbo-charged engine.
“We had a chance to test our new generation engines
this year,” exclaims Fred Hayes, owner/rider of the
Hayes diesel bikes. “These new benchmarks proved again
that our diesel bikes provide great performance and are
The BUB crew did an outstanding job in preparing the
course after heavy rains. The course was very
smooth and fast. According to Hayes, the event was very
well run and the diesel team made more than 20 passes
during the 4 days of the event.
Even with the gain in engine power, Hayes states that
the engines were still easy to start and didn’t loose
any of the smooth power delivery of the original
military motorcycle diesel engine. There is just more
power everywhere in the rpm range.
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