The reason this thing raises so much interest is simple: it’s not a lot longer than a Yahama R1, but it features a 265 hp WRX engine which will provide a lot of torque for a motorbike.
Designer Ian McElroy says that the engine is mated to a gearbox from a Mitsubishi Evo, and front and rear hubs from a nameless 1980s GM-mobile. The rear end runs on a modified Datsun 280Z stub axle, and the whole thing rests within a 56 ins wheelbase, which is not that much.
The bike was called “the KickBoxer” due to obvious reasons, and it’s most likely once you start it, the monster will try it’s best to kick you off your seat.
You might have heard about bike-engined cars, small or light weight cars that are powered by an engine that was designed for use in a motorcycle. The drawbacks of using bike engines in cars is the lack of reverse gear, lack of low end torque and the fact that engines get a short lifespan since they have to pull more weight than they were designed for. But it’s fun.
Putting a car engine on a bike goes beyond fun and into the dangerous zone. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should, dear Ian...