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We would have loved to be a fly on the wall when someone walked into a room and said, “You know what the world needs the most? Motorcycles with miniguns on them!
Did people with this kind of wisdom previously work as Sonny Barger’s life coach? It certainly seems like every 1 %’s wet dream. Were they perhaps former corrections employees who were fired for suggesting that electric chairs be replaced with electric bleachers?
Perhaps they once threw up an ad campaign slogan at Honda like “You meet the nicest people on a motorcycle with a cannon.”
Whatever the origin of the idea, it apparently did not fall on deaf ears.
What was once only possible in the movies finally came to life, and RECOIL had the privilege of seeing it in action. The division of the tracks has just taken on a whole new meaning.
Brainstorming sessions between Dillon Aero and Tailgunner Exhaust led to something akin to the bastard son of Blue Thunder. The Tailgunner Dillon Aero M134X interceptor, as it’s called, ended up in our email inbox. So we sent our editor, Iain Knievel, to investigate the situation further. We were all curious to see if this thing was for anything other than a potential reboot of Street hawk (congratulations if you even remember this show).
Our research revealed that the M134X was truly an engineering masterpiece. It’s because the brains behind it really know their stuff.
You may have seen the work of brothers Cal and Charlie Giordano, owners of Tailgunner Exhaust, not only in their Gatling gun-inspired exhaust systems, but also in creations such as a handmade submarine that have appeared in episodes of Modern Marvels. They decided to approach the minigun gurus at Dillon Aero to create a promotional concept bike.
Unlike many concept vehicles which are all on display and prohibited, this one was designed to be fully functional and designed for the average driver.
To our knowledge, mounting a functional minigun on a motorcycle chassis has never been attempted so far.
The 300 pounds of recoil generated by the NATO 7.62 caliber M134 was enough to make it appear that such a feat defied the laws of physics and raised too many unanswered questions. Even if it could be pulled while riding, how long would it take before the frame started to tear? Could it be targeted with some degree of precision? Was the driver assured of a Darwin Award?
The bike was built not only to challenge opponents to the versatility of miniguns, but also to quickly deploy the weapon system in the field or to catch a fast moving vehicle. In order to create a bike that drove and behaved well enough to do all of this, they chose the proven Yamaha R1 Superbike chassis as their platform. Its aluminum frame and high power-to-weight ratio allow the whole thing to be light on its feet.
To disperse the load, Tailgunner created an aluminum cantilever mount for the gun that attaches to where the custom extended swingarm connects. The linear actuator allows the gun to be moved up and down by a switch located where the flasher previously resided. Custom fuel tanks have been moved to the rear of the bike for better balance. Heavy-duty billet aluminum steering clevises were also specially designed for the project. The body panels are all made from aircraft grade aluminum and covered with Crye Precision MultiCam film. Believe it or not, the whole bike only weighs around 500 pounds.
An air intake has been integrated into the holder and two external air filters have been mounted in height to allow better filtration and easy maintenance. The motorcycle is powered by a Yamaha 1000cc inline four cylinder with a dual nitrous oxide system. Everything is mated to the Yamaha six-speed transmission. The electronics are powered by a 12-volt battery that runs the motorcycle, with a separate 24-volt battery mounted inside the swingarm to operate the gun. A large Samsung smartphone in front of the driver serves as instrumentation to keep things simple.
The motorcycle does not have to run to shoot. The pistol can be cocked with a switch on the console in front of the operator. The trigger is very well located where the horn button was. Aiming is accomplished by moving the overhang up or down and steer the bike right or left. While this is really an estimate in terms of accuracy, a laser sight and pistol-mounted camera could be added in the future, with reticles appearing on the smartphone.
After two years of trial and error, a finished bike finally met the standards of all parties involved. The M134X will go on sale when its promotional features are over, and it’s, in fact, street legal (without the gun, of course, unless you have the proper permits). Tailgunner might even create a replica if the money is there. Civilian and police versions are already in preparation.
Not only did the spirits involved disprove the idea that it was impossible to ride a minigun on a motorcycle, but they showed that it could be done in a practical way. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll see M134Xs roaming the battlefield with additions like smoke screens, oil slicks or caltrops. It looks like the guys from Tailgunner have found a way to channel the minds of Richard Gatling and Burt Munro. It’s nice to know that the guys who can come up with things like that are on our side. Watch the full videos on RECOILtv to see the M134X in action.
2016 Yamaha Tailgunner Dillon Aero M134X Interceptor
Four-cylinder in-line 1000 cc with dual nitrous oxide system
120/70-ZR17, front; 190/50-ZR17, rear
M134D, 7.62x51mm NATO
Aircraft grade aluminum
Tail Gunner Exhaust
Don’t think the fun ends there. Cal made this awesome Timemachinist AR-M134X shorty to complete the Tailgunner Dillon Aero M134X project. This is a fully billet construction based on a Sharps lower end and a custom Gatling Timemachinist / Tailgunner style shank.
Since the bike itself and the miniguns are almost inaccessible to the public, you might see AR Gatling Gun-inspired full float tubes for sale in the future if the interest is there. The barrels do not rotate, but this pistol version has a Noveske 7.5 Diplomat barrel inside.
While the AR-M134X was designed to look like a minigun cannon assembly, it was designed to function as a high performance handguard. Check out more of Cal’s work, such as his custom watches, at www.timemachinistwatches.com.
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