Of all the V-8 engines ever produced around the world, none are as ubiquitous as the small-block Chevy, so it was no surprise when a power-hungry motorcyclist built a two-wheeled contraption around one. Enthusiast Monte Warne took that design to a production level when he founded Boss Hoss Cycles in 1990, manufacturing kits for installing a customer’s Chevy motor, and production bikes began emerging in 1996.

Baddest Bossest Hosses

I was tempted to leave out Boss Hosses from this list because of their adoption of an existing car motor (and automatic transmission) to a motorbike, which is a very simple way to invent a V-8 bike. However, the sales success of the Boss Hosses make them impossible to overlook. Production of the ridiculously large (more than 1000 pounds!) and powerful (currently rated at 445 hp and 445 lb-ft) machines obliterate the production numbers of all other V-8-engined bikes ever made. Apparently, more than 4,000 had been sold through 2006, and that number has surely added several digits over the past decade.

They’re crude but wicked, and that’s enough to please many Americans for which there’s no substitute for cubic inches. More info at the company’s website. Tire smoke and obnoxious music in the video below.