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.

Dodge Tomahawk

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. (more…)

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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