When you hear of someone building a V8 motorcycle, you might think of Boss Hoss and the somewhat over sized bikes they produce. There are some really nice V8s built from a pair of inline 4 motorcycle engines, like the Drysdale V8, but Rolf Andersson of Sweden thought he would try to build something a bit more normal sized while still using an automotive V8.
Using a Rover V8 in a TIG welded custom frame with a Suzuki front end, he’s put together bikes in both longitudinal and transverse configurations and they look very well done. There are some photos on the site with one of his bikes parked side by side with a Harley and it looks no larger and in some views, even appears a bit smaller. I guess the size goal was accomplished.
The bikes are single speed and use an electric/hydraulic clutch setup but it looks like he is working on a 2 speed as well. The transverse engine bikes remind me of E.J. Potter’s drag bikes, just a lot more refined. He also offers a primary drive for Rover V8s in the transverse configuration in case you want to roll your own.
Not everyone is going to want a V8 but these are pretty nice ways to go in case you do.
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