KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based on the KLR250 (M1030), another gas-powered bike but based on the KLR650 (M1030B1), and the diesel-powered M1030M1. The diesel converted bikes were created as the military uses JP-8 diesel for nearly everything, and while it was the most common of the trio in military service it is the hardest to civilians to find.
Read more about the conversion here on the New York Times – apparently at 55 mph the diesel bike could achieve 96 miles per gallon! The military bike received other upgrades over the civilian bike, like a AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery that won’t spill upon tipover, Progressive suspension, Acerbis 6 gallon fuel tank, wider foot pegs, skid plate, and plenty more.
This example (VIN: JKAKLEA1X3DA04409) has just 43 miles, but it isn’t perfect. The seller notes that the rear tire has a leak and the front tire needs a valve stem repair and a new tube. There’s also a split fuel line, however that will be replaced before the new owner takes possession. Everything else is said to work fine. Just make sure you don’t forget to put diesel in it!
Find this military motorcycle for sale in Birmingham, Alabama with bidding up to $6,100
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