4. Morbidelli V8

Barber Museum Morbidelli V8

Perhaps best known for his factory-beating Grand Prix racing machines, in 1997 Giancarlo Morbidelli had dreams of building a production superbike. What’s more amazing is the choice of engine: a liquid-cooled, 32-valve, OHC, 847cc V-8. This is one of just four prototypes ever to exist.

On paper and in person, the V-8 “super” bike was more suited to touring duties, with its relatively upright position, quirky styling and shaft drive, but ultimately any aspirations for mass production were dashed when public interest in the bike was lackluster at best. The project was scrapped and Morbidelli has been relegated to its obscure position in moto history.

  • Michael Howard

    It’s a shame the photos are such low-resolution. On my 1024×768 monitor they’re only 1/4 the size of the screen — on my 1920×1080 they’d look like postage stamps. Beautiful and rare bikes deserve high res details.

  • fastfreddie

    Loved the Kawazaki V12!Proper awesomeness:)

  • artist_formally_known_as_cWj

    I’m sure these arenmphotos of lovely bikes, but darn you, motorcycle.com for click baiting. Give us then option to read the entire store on one page, por favor.

    • Kevin Duke

      C’mon, give us the clicks! It’s cheaper than paying a subscription!

  • Dwight Nevins

    Saw this one on the way to Barbers at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, along with several others