Spec Ops Have Their Eyes This New Stealth Bike

The Motoped Survival Bike was introduced at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) this past May. It is considered a mountain bike–motorcycle crossover and the Spec Ops community is interested in this new stealth bike.

Defense Review described it as:

A utilitarian, military-inspired super-hauler, it comes outfitted with a universal rack that accepts a myriad of bolt-on mounts, harnesses, and fitments so you can pack along darned near anything you can imagine.

A primary fuel tank plus the added fuel from two optional red side-mounted fuel tanks will take you 250 to 300 miles without a fill-up

And National Defense Magazine reported:

The vehicle weighs 132 pounds and can carry a 300 pound load, including the weight of the driver. In testing it has reached speeds of more than 45 miles per hour, he said.

The motoped gets 140 miles per gallon or better, depending on the size of the engine and other variables, Givens noted. The bike carries three one-gallon fuel tanks, giving it a range of up to 480 miles, depending on the terrain and other variables.

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When asked bout the bike, Army Infantry Lt. Col. Jeff Givens (Ret.) said a

soldier is going 20 miles an hour … instead of 2 miles an hour with 80 pounds of gear.”

And asked if gun mounts could be placed on the bike, Givens said,

We’ll look into that eventually. It all comes down to weight and how much bulkiness you want to have.”

He commented further that the bike was easily transportable via helicopter because of its small weight and it was most likely underpriced at under $4,000 per unit.

A full list of specifications for all bike enthusiasts is available here.

The Spec Ops community now has modern technology at their fingertips in choosing a new stealth bike.

We all look forward to their choice in the near future.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]