Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rapom V8: 1,000bhp supercharged monster-bike

Nick Argyle, with the bike he's made - the Rapom V8

For most people, Hayabusas and ZZR1400s are more or less sufficiently powerful. Not for the UK-based Nick Argyle though, who probably thinks normally-aspirated, 1400cc, 190bhp inline-fours are for pansies. Which is why he’s built his own motorcycle – powered by a supercharged, 8.2-litre V8 taken off a monster truck.

It'll do zero to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds...

Called the Rapom V8, Argyle’s bike runs on pure alcohol and packs more than 1,000 horsepower. It weighs more than 500kg, but even then, power-to-weight ratio is twice that of, say, a GSX-R1000 or ZX-10R. Which is why if you ever meet Mr Argyle at a stoplight, you probably shouldn't try to race him down the street - the Rapom goes from zero to 100km/h in less than three seconds, and does the quarter-mile in less than seven seconds. Madness…

Some other really, really fast bikes:
Top fuel motorcycles: A lesson in acceleration!
KTM Nitroduke: The world's fastest KTM!
Turbo Hayabusa sets new streetbike speed record!
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Acabion GTBO 70: The fastest bike in the world!
KillaCycle: The world's quickest electric bike!

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