Kawasaki’s 48 Cylinder Motorcycle is Over The Top
This motorcycle is more of a concept Rube Goldberg invention rather than anything you’re likely to see cruising down the street. Equipped with six banks of eight cylinder engines – each bank is fitted with a Jaguar V8 distributor cap. It’s initiated with a 125cc scooter engine that acts as the “donkey engine” to build up enough steam to start up the rest of them. It’s a terrifically interesting piece to watch in action but it begs the question of application. Because the 48 cylinder beast is so long, it can’t be feasibly piloted.
This may be a blessing in disguise as what could you hope to do with 48 cylinders on a motorcycle designed to handle 4? More importantly, as you can see it takes a team of mechanics to keep it properly cooled and lubricated throughout its function check. Not quite the most efficient or useful thing in the world. This motorcycle proves that with enough money, you can truly create nearly anything on two wheels. However, in terms of feats of man-made power, it still takes a practical backseat to this list of near and dear competitors.
MTT Turbine Superbike aka Y2K Turbine Superbike
If you’re looking for raw power – check out the MTT Jet-Powered Motorcycle. With a Rolls Royce Allison Model 250 gas turbine engine, you’ll be able to pilot 320 hp of unadulterated fury.
One of the fastest motorcycles in the world, the Dodge Tomahawk is powered by an 8.3L V10 engine. Harnessing the power of nearly 8300cc of engine capacity, it’s a half million dollars that can be translated directly to the road. Using massive disc brakes and duel wheel configuration for stability, this thing was made to be a mechanical masterpiece for the straight-aways.
Rather tame in comparison to the other competitors in this field, this custom-designed bike is capable of using its 1000cc engine to generate speeds up to 180 mph. A favorite amon
Aprilia RSV4 1000 R
Rather tame in comparison to the other competitors in this field, this custom-designed bike is capable of using its 1000cc engine to generate speeds up to 180 mph. A favorite amongst European street racers for its versatility, maneuverability and gusto for the straight away. This is a racing bike, pure and simple.
Bob Maddox Custom Twin Pulsejet Motorcycles
Pulsejet propulsion is a truly unique concept for a motorcycle. More efficient at getting up to ridiculous speeds, it harnesses the power of pretty much controlled explosions to accelerate to blistering speeds. As demonstrated here, it’s certainly a motorcycle for those who have a desire to prove something out on the roads.
The Red Baron
This nine cylinder Rotec Radial R3600 aircraft engine was fitted into a custom chopper motorcycle frame. Capable of achieving up to 150 bhp, it took nearly 18 months to design and build this chopper before it made its debut in Germany. Check this out to see what it sounds like to start up an aircraft engine. Now that’s power you can pilot! It’s everything that owner Frank Ohle can do just to keep it from taking off.
Handmade McBride Nitro
Obviously no list of powerful motorcycles is complete without mention of this 1,200 hp Nitro injected drag racing bike. Built mostly by hand using custom parts, it was featured in a pivotal race in the South Georgia Motor Sports Park in April of 2011. Clocking in at 225 mph in 5.79 seconds, there is absolutely no question that if you need to cross a finish line before your competition has started their engines, this is the motorcycle to do it in. McBride is no stranger to this field, having raced competitively for over 36 years. His MANCUP championship titles are all well earned and he goes on to take his designs to a select few who can afford it.