When it comes to heavy drinkers, the love of 44-year old engineer Nick Argyle’s life should be checked into rehab. But then, he created the monster … quite literally.
The Rapom V8 is the most powerful motorcycle in Britain and it runs on pure alcohol.
With a wallet busting fuel economy figure of four miles to the gallon, it’s just as well the bike is only used on the roads for a 10 mile journey to a local drag racing strip.
At the heart of the road legal machine is a massive 8.2 litre supercharged V8 monster truck engine that develops 1,000 BHP from a ludicrous 8,193cc engine – equivalent to five Mini Cooper engines and capable of arm-wrenching performance akin to 10 Supersports 600cc motorbikes bolted together.
With that sort of power available with a twist of the wrist the monster bike tips the scales at over 1000lb and features a super-long chassis in order to stop the bike flipping on hard acceleration.
The unique bike was created in a small garage in the Cotswolds, its conception spawned from the unusual marriage of convenience and naivety, says its builder.
After selling the chassis of his monster truck, Nick Argyle was searching for a much smaller project. He said: “I didn’t have the same workshop space I had when I built the truck. I only had the house garage so it had to be a bike. I was going to buy a new engine for the project but my wife told me to use the one that was still in a garage – a monster truck engine! Despite its size, I thought why not?’
The impressive Rapom V8 will make its public show debut at the MCN London Motorcycle Show on the Harrison Billet stand (S71) at ExCeL on 1-4 February 2007.