An American and British design and engineering team from Hayes Diversified Technologies (HDTUSA) used a diesel-powered motorcycle to establish eight world (FIM) and three American Motorcycle Association (AMA) records at Henry Ford's racecourse at Bonneville Speedway.
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.
Hayes says the runs demonstrated that diesel motorcycles' fuel efficiency, performance and reliability “mark a new era in motorcycling.”
The HDTUSA diesel motorcycles are the result of a development program that was a part of the U.S. Government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. HDTUSA was selected earlier this year by the United States Marine Corps to supply up to 500 combat diesel bikes - units on which the record-breaking runs were based. A street-legal version of the bike tested is due next year.
For more information regarding speed records set at Bonneville, visit www.speedtrialsbybub.com.
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