Remember Chris Barber? He's the guy behind the Desmohog Harley/Ducati hybrid, the AlfaBeast and the Hill Climb Special. Well, he's at it again, three different specials this time, all based on the Maserati V6. Not your everyday custom motorcycles, from a builder who likes to mix and match.
The Maserati V6 is more compact than the V6 engine he used in the AlfaBeast, and Chris is going to keep the moving parts hidden away for a very clean look. If everything works out as planned, we'll see a street fighter, a hardtail bobber and a replica of the Laverda V6.
The Maserati Barber will have a wheelbase of 1620 mm and I hope will weigh less than 700 lbs. Transmission is via a 6-speed Baker Frankentranny, fitted with a kickstarter, the clutch assembly is Jims driven by a custom made 58 link primary chain. Oil in the transfer housing and primary drive case is shared with the sump oil; oil blown from the rear crank journal will enter the transfer housing and flow out to the sump, maintaining the same level as the sump. A Ducat ST2 alternator and rotor are housed in the case on the end of the transfer box.
As I told Chris, I like the way he thinks. Based on his track record with past builds, this should be interesting. I'm looking forward to progress reports and I bet you are, too.
Link: CrossBreed Cycles