TheKneeslider.com – There’s an explosion of motorcycle powered vehicles coming out. Everywhere you look, the masses have finally discovered what we’ve known all along, motorcycle engines are incredibly powerful, pound for pound, compared to auto engines and offer performance more akin to all out racing vehicles than your average car.
Along with popularity comes variety and the Kamikaze demonstrates a very different way of combining motorcycle power, in this case, a turbocharged and intercooled 400 horsepower Hayabusa engine, with a vehicle structure of some sort to contain the powerplant and driver.
This also demonstrates a very different approach to spending $80,000, compared to the SUB 3 Wheeler we discussed a while back. Where the S3 was more finesse and handling, the Kamikaze is a sledgehammer, a Mad Max on the street vehicle, there’s nothing subtle about it. Opinions may vary as to the styling, but the person who wants one of these is certainly not going to apologize for it, he may just bury you in a cloud of tire smoke from the 18.5 inch wide Hoosier Pro-Street Radial, instead.
There are a few interesting design features, two 8 gallon externally mounted fuel tanks contain a flexible liner for the gasoline plus a foam which takes up much of the air space, reducing the chance of an explosion or fire should the unfortunate occur.
Unlike many 3 wheelers, the Kamikaze utilizes all motorcycle controls, throttle and front brake in your right hand and clutch in your left. Rear brake is right foot, shifting with your left. They make the point you don’t need a motorcycle license but I think that’s a mistake, anyone not used to motorcycle controls and jumping into this thing is a very short distance from a very bad event.
This vehicle is being heavily promoted, it was at the L.A. Auto Show and has a cameo appearance in the upcoming Fast and Furious 3 movie. It should fit right in with the tuner crowd. Their website is all Flash and pretty high zoot.
Check out the photos, judge for yourself.
Thanks to our reader Don for the pointer.
See also: Motorcycle Powered Cars