I wonder if anyone can shed any light for me. I’m doing a commission for some 144th scale modern (i.e. contemporary) motorbike troops. The gentleman I’m doing it for has been able to supply my with a fair number of pictures, but one thing neither of us is entirely sure about is what make of bikes would likely to be used and they certainly aren’t consistent! (And I know nothing about motorbikes and thus am not able to identify any he sent in photos).
Now, given this is such a small scale, to some extent there’s a bit of leeway here - he wants both irregulars on bikes as “bad guys” and spec ops troops on bikes as the “good guys.” (We’re only doing the one bike fundementally, just changing the poses and gear of the riders/pillion riders). I could likely just make something up entirely - I have a very old generic dirt bike model, for example - but these days I prefer to do something that is at least nominally plausible for an actual vehicle.
Obviously, there’s not going to be any kind of standard, but any kind of starter for ten would be useful. (If there is an AK-47 of military motorbikes, that would be the sort of thing I’m looking for.)
My initial research has suggested that the Kawasaki KLR650 might be a good compromise for the dual-purposes, as it is apparently widely available was also used by the USMC. (Though as usual, it somewhat depends on what I can find technical drawings and or (consistent) photos of.
If anyone could suggest any plausible alternatives, it would be very helpful.