Originally Posted by ellis36
Speaking of V-8s. Heres one a friend of mine rides. The graphic on the side reads 540 HP Its pretty good away from a light!
The problem with car engines on a motorcycle, is not the engine, but how to get the power from the engine to the wheel as light, short, strong as possible. Can't use a car transmission, unless you build a trike. A two wheel motorcycle has a real problem creating a drivetrain.
Two bikes have done a great job in this regard. Mine, called a Big Brute, and something called a Vanquish. Big Brute is out of business. They made about a dozen bikes. Known for top fuel dragster transmissions in the 90's. Several world records for speed, and their transmissions could handle 2,000 HP.
Vanquish bikes start at 125,000 dollars, if they are still made.
Most V8 bikes are made by Boss Hoss and for people that have studied their design, are made pretty poorly from a high speed point of view. A death trap on two wheels. I have ridden them, and they are not for me. Their transmissions are folly. The second gear, for the ones that have one, is not a second gear at all, but an overdrive. The overdrive cannot handle the torque riders place it under, and tend to go out in about ten thousand miles.