The Motoped is a high quality motorized bicycle that uses a 49cc to 155cc 4-stroke horizontal OHV motor, downhill mountain bike parts mounted to a custom frame and swing arm. Motopeds are street legal in most states as a motorized bicycle and can be easily modified for more speed and power if wanted.
The Motoped is extremely light and uses the latest in mountain bike suspension, which makes it a versatile bike with the same foot-print on the ground as most downhill mountain bikes. Riding it with the motor off on a steep trail feels like a heavy mountain bike. The bike uses a patented system that combines the engine drive with the pedal drive through a jack-shaft located in the swing-arm pivot.
The makers claim that with a stock 50cc engine, the bike will go about 30mph – and up to 45 mph on the road when a 88cc big bore kit is used on the motor. With a 110cc-140cc engine used, the makers claim a top speed in the 65mph range. They also recommend that a 4 speed transmission should be used for best results.
Black Ops Edition
Motopeds released information yesterday about a new limited edition “survival” version called the “Black Ops Edition”. The Survival bikes will be sold in stock form at Motopeds (as pictured above), you then can choose accessories you want. A fully kitted out example is shown in the photos below.
It’s quiet, has a low heat signature, it emits no exhaust, and its simple and easy to operate. Best of all, its incredibly fast! Introducing Zero Motorcycles’ MMX, an electric motorcycle that is ideal for special operators and stealthy missions…
Read the full story at Guns & Tactics Magazine.
The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier recently began fielding the new Army Mountaineering Kit (AMK) to the Army Mountain Warfare School. Mountaineering kit is not only useful in mountainous terrain – such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caucasus, etc. – but also in urban environments too.
Soldiers had been using the old Special Forces kit – but some of that older equipment does not meet international standards. Some units were also buying replacement gear (ropes, etc) from commercial sources, which means not all mountaineering equipment is the same from unit to unit.
In response to Soldier feedback, PEO Soldier developed the new AMK. All of the equipment in the new AMK meets the standards of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, which is known as the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (UIAA).
Our friends at MOTUS recently got an up close and personal look at this bad boy that’s based on the Jeep Wrangler platform.
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From Breaking Defense, April 2, 2014
– written by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
– additional imagery inserted by Strike-Hold!
The Marines are about to move out sharply with their once-stalled Amphibious Combat Vehicle, the smallest service’s biggest program. After years of uncertainty and a last-minute change of course that came too late to make it into the administration’s budget request for 2015, the Marines will soon announce their new strategy for something they’re calling an ACV. It will be much more modest than the revolutionary Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle the Corps once envisioned…
What the USMC won’t be getting – the Advanced Amphibious Combat Vehicle; aka., the Expeditionary Combat Vehicle. (source: Wikipedia)
“We are doing well with the ACV,” Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said at the Atlantic Council Tuesday afternoon. “We are about to go public with the way forward on it. It’s affordable, ladies and gentlemen, it’s doable, and we can have our cake and eat it too here. So we’re pretty excited about it.”
Amos was short on details at the event and slipped into the elevator a step ahead of pursuing journalists afterwards. But his staff referred me to Manny Pacheco, spokesman for the Marine Corps’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Land Systems.