The Quest For A Stealth Motorcycle

April 18, 2014

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A company named Logos Technologies announced last week that it had received a $100,000, small business innovation research grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a stealthy dirt bike for use on covert missions by military special operators. The new motorcycle will have a top speed of about 80 miles per hour.

According to Logos press release, the motorcycle will be “developed in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle producer BRD, the platform will combine Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform developed by BRD. This initiative will be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle.”

The release quotes a Logos Executive named Wade Pulliam as saying, “Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments. With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”

Other Military Bikes

The stealth motorcycle will be based on the all electric, BRD RedShift MX, a 250-pound motorcycle that retails for $15,000. Logos will contribute a new “multi-fuel” diesel engine that will allow the bike to run either on battery packs or “JP8.” Most United States military vehicles are designed to run JP8. DARPA expects the motorcycle to be silent when running on batteries and to be quieter than 25 decibels when running on JP8. Twenty-five decibels is about as loud as a whisper in a quiet room.

The Pentagon has been developing very quiet motorcycles for at least a decade. Last year, Zero Motorcycles of Scotts Valley, California announced it had a development contract to supply blacked out and quiet dirt bikes for the United States Special Operations Command.

Zero’s stealthy motorcycle is called the MMX. According to a Zero press release, “an undisclosed number of MMX motorcycles are currently undergoing full operational testing.” You can read more about the MMX here.

In addition to special operations, the new motorcycle would replace the U.S. military’s current the M1030M1 motorcycle. The M1030M1 (photo above) is a dirt bike based on the Kawasaki KLR650. It is powered by a a liquid-cooled, 584 cc, single-cylinder four-stroke engine and has a top speed of about 85 miles per hour.


14 Responses to “The Quest For A Stealth Motorcycle”

  1. jj solari Says:

    thank you loco technologies for accepting american tax money to develop weapons that will – most likely – be soon used on americans since the feds seem to be having a multiorgasmic love affair with all our enemies. really. thank you. how delightfully patriotic of you.

  2. stroker Says:

    Gonna be interesting to see how they do this:
    “Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability….”
    How do you get the front wheel power? I think it’s been done before…..but still I’d like to see HOW they’ll pull this off.

  3. Vikingtrotter Says:

    I’ve seen California Fish and Game Wardens towing around olive green Zero FX off road bikes up near Yosemite last year. I guess they use them to sneak up on poachers and pot farmers in the state and national parks up there.

  4. Vikingtrotter Says:

    Stroker. There are a number of companies that make inhub electric motors in bicycles now and the front hub communicates via bluetooth. It would be easy to upscale the hub for use in electric motorcycles.

  5. Citizen Paul Says:

    LOL. I was just about to send Rebel a link on this, but he beat me to it! I don’t mind loud pipes except for my neighbor who rides by my place, uphill, at 4 AM to catch the 4:30 ferry to go to work at Boeing. I am happy she got a new Harley with quieter pipes.

    Best wishes to all the regulars.

  6. Ol'Goat Says:

    All electric? That’ll be easy to disable and render useless when they start using them domestically against the people.

  7. CN Says:

    An interesting recruiting tool if nothing else. Wonder if there will be an MOS for this or if it will be selected from 0311 or Force Recon. I imagine the training school will be fun regardless.

  8. Paladin Says:

    Yeah; I’m sure that if our troops had these motorcycles, our subduing of the Iraqi bedouins would have actually turned out much better than it did, not to mention our current, ridiculous, attempt at the rounding up of Afghanistan’s recalcitrant, beastiality prone, goat herders.

    These motorcycles are only for the military, until they get “liberated”. I don’t think any rider of any motorcycle is immune to the effects of good ol’ “clothes lining”. Just sayin’…

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  9. Steve Says:

    Whereas in England the army still use a Harley Davidson….

  10. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    $100,000 grant and a cost of $15,000 each. Another waste of tax payer money that will get left where its dropped just like the rest of the billion$ of dollar$ in abandoned equipment in Iraq and Afganistan.

    What Washington DC fucking genius got talked into this one?

  11. Vikingtrotter Says:

    I’m sure the BLM (Hit Squads) SWAT Teams will use these to sneak up on the Bundy family one night in the future and kill them all for standing up to them.

  12. Ol'Goat Says:

    @paladin: like yer idea better: clothesline & liberate. Much better than zapping/destroying & rendering useless.
    @vikingtrotter: one thing i learned from the Bundy/blm situation is that the people, from coast to coast have had enough of fed gov’s over-reaching, over-bearing, over-taxing bullshit. A surprise attack on the Bundys would spiral right into all out civil war nationwide. I know the news cameras didnt show it, but there were 2000 folks there look up some of the u-tube videos. Given another day or two it would have been thousands more.

  13. Tooj Says:

    Well damn there Paladin, you gave me the next work assignment: string wire between trees. Buncha dopes. Just easier to acquire. Wasn’t a very similar thing done regarding .308 and 7.62? Made it easier to use our own ammo against us, but vice versa wasn’t so hot?

  14. Meh Says:

    Bikes are fundamentally crappy police vehicles except for niche use, ditto special ops. No payload, no fuel capacity, no ability to tow much, no ability to carry serious firepower. There’s a reason they are largely out of fashion in modern militaries and it’s because they are mostly toys.

    “A surprise attack on the Bundys would spiral right into all out civil war nationwide. ”

    Exaggerate much? There are more than 300 million people “nationwide” who aren’t even slightly inconvenienced by the current situation.

    Real civil wars are messy, costly affairs not typically fought over a squabble between corrupt BLM flunkies trying to screw over a rancher who doesn’t feel like paying his bills and has no legal or Constitutional precedent for his fantasy. Hating the pork doesn’t anoint all their opponents with any special virtues.

    Not that it wouldn’t be fun to watch things come unglued locally since everytime the Feds step on their dicks by pulling a Waco or Ruby Ridge the rest of us win. I’d like to see another Waco since dead religious fanatics make me smile as much as Renocrats getting smacked down for their hubris.

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