Anybody remember the Ford V8 60 engine?
It was a small "flathead" V8, 60 HP, dependable, made bewteen 1937 and 1940. And they were used in modified form in all sorts of dirt track cars, midgets and the like.
I have a friend in Dallas who is building a motorcycle around one of them. Yeah, yeah, I know...Boss Hoss, big, heavy, useless POS. But...
Not so this one! I haven't seen it yet, but here's what I know. This is a very compact engine so the overall size of the bike will be about like a big HD. The driveline is all Moto Guzzi, from the flywheel back. The weight will be less than a big HD, but still no lightweight.
The engine with .100 overbore is 147 cubic inches, ~ 75 HP, and 100 ft lbs torque. With the light flywheel and mild power-mods it will be a quick revver, turning ~5,000 RPM. And those who have heard a warmed up flathead V8 run can attest the sound is beautiful!
It should be a real blast to ride. The styling will be sort of "retro-rod", but it will have all modern amenities and will be DOT/EPA certifiable or partially exempt. He and his partners are going to produce them in very limited numbers.
I know I'll never have one, but I can't wait to ride it. You just know with that power, weight, sound and look it will be fun!
Here's what the motor will look like, more or less;