POTD — USMC Recon Motorcycle

This photo is real. It is a little dated, but the important stuff still holds true. I thought many of our readers would enjoy seeing a USMC RECON element that is using motorcycles in the reconnaissance role.

The funny looking shape up front is an extended range gas tank.

Just another day at the office.

Just another day at the office.

Closing point: There is more to life than the gun. There are more skills to master than the 600 yard qualifications. No one is saying you need to have a blackbelt in everything, but being a jack of many trades will carry you very far in life. Knowing how to read a map. Ride a bike. Skydive. Apply a tourniquet. Drive a stick-shift. Program a computer. Speak a foreign language. Swim. Tie a knot. Make small talk. Use a salad fork. Disable a nuclear warhead. Wear a tie. Ride a motorcycle.

Life Lesson: You should be able to drive anything.

Life Lesson: You should be able to drive anything.

You better get to work. This cat is way ahead of you.

 

 

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Marky Mark

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Mikial

    We used to have some of our OPFOR scouts mounted on dirt bikes at the national training Center back in the 80’s. A great way to move around fast and gather intel, but noisy (at that time anyway) and fairly easy to interdict if detected. I’m sure both the equipment and the techniques have been refined since then.

    • Freeze

      You should hear Marky’s quad. He paid stupid money(in my opinion) but that thing is so friggin’ quiet, its scary. The silencer they attached to his muffler makes it very stealthy in the woods.

    • My 4-wheeler is so quiet, the dealer calls it the “pot grower” package. At deer camp I rolled up on Freeze and some other guys and they didn’t hear the machine. They heard the gravel only a few feet away.

      I love it.

      Marky

      • Mikial

        That could be a very useful machine.

        • It’s so quiet, you can actually hear some of the internal motor parts moving.

          Marky

          • Mikial

            That’s rare. Most people go for the loud exhaust so they can be “trey cool.”

          • No. I was told by the dealer that I loose some horse with the quiet exhaust. Don’t recall what, but it has plenty anyway.

            Marky

          • Mikial

            That part is true, which is why people go for free flow exhausts on muscle cars and trucks. But unless you’re tuning something for the Baja 500, you probably don’t lose enough for it to be noticeable.

          • Not sure off the top of my head, but I think it’s a 400cc model. 2-4 wheel drive. Power steering (yeah, I didn’t know quads had that) and more.

            It’s got more power than I could ever use. The most it would ever pull would be me and some dead deer. After that, it sees steel targets. I love the thing. –Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    If I remember correctly, these bikes had the capability to run on several different types of fuel. I saw one of these on a surplus site once, but they were asking to much for me. Also, after the 5th back surgery both my doctor and my wife said no more motorcycles. I always rode like everyone on the road was trying to kill me, which is more than likely why I survived ridding for the years that I did!

    Munro