Here’s the bike that kicked off this V-8 goose chase, as it’s the most recent motorcycle to be fitted with a screaming V-8. It’s the brainchild of Pat Maloney, a former WSB and GP mechanic from Australia who created his engine by combining a pair of Yamaha R1 cylinder banks at 90 degrees on a billet engine block to come up with a 2.0-liter flat-plane V-8. It’s purported to crank out 334 hp at 12,800 rpm when rated at its countershaft, with peak torque of 157.8 lb-ft found at 9500 rpm.

PGM V8: A 1996cc V-8 Sportbike

The V-8 is crammed into a chro-moly trellis frame mated to CNC-machined 7075-aluminum rear elements. It has a 60.6-inch wheelbase and is said to have a wet weight of a reasonable 534 lbs. Brembo, Ohlins, Akrapovic and Motec components complete the package. More info can be found at PGM’s website. It sounds wonderful!