Building replicas of antique motorcycles can be a challenge, but when the prototype was built as a one off promotional model and the whereabouts of the original, if it still exists, is unknown, it’s going to be infinitely more difficult. Pavel Malaník, who evidently has some experience building this sort of machinery, put together this absolutely wonderful 1909 Torpedo V4.
Pavel created this bike from scratch. The finished bike is a beauty, especially the engine, which, though called a V4, is more like a partial radial. The 1600cc mill is actually two conjoined V-Twins from Trojan & Nagl, the company that built the original. The only thing the builder had to reference was a very low quality photo.
More photos and video below:
I’ve never heard of the Torpedo V4, nor seen any photos or drawings that look like it, but it’s something that has an awful lot of appeal to all of us who appreciate unusual engine designs. As you can see and hear in the video, it looks and sounds great, and this was from 1909! Very impressive build.
A very big thanks to Doug, for the tip.
Link: Motocykl Torpedo V4