Nick Argyle’s shop was only big enough to work on a motorcycle, but his only engine belonged in a monster truck. So the 44-year-old British engineer did what any power-mad gearhead would do: He built a 1,000-horsepower, methanol-guzzling, two-wheeled colossus.
Time: 3 years
- Fuel: The bike runs on alcohol-rich methanol, a common fuel for racers. Alcohol keeps the engine cooler than gasoline would. Methanol is cheaper, too—and at four miles a gallon, price is important.
- Safety: Argyle ran the exhaust pipes coming down from the cylinder heads wide and close to the ground. That way, if the back wheel kicks out during a race, the large pipes will scrape against the track and stabilize the bike, enabling the driver to right it.
- Performance: Argyle hasn’t clocked the bike’s speed yet, but now that he’s installed a new gearbox, he hopes to get it on the strip and top 200 miles an hour.
Via: Popular Science