Saturday, October 27, 2007

Motorcycle Shelby: 150bhp musclebike in production now!

The 150bhp Motorcycle Shelby. Drop the hammer now...

We first spoke of the Shelby musclebike back in February this year, when Carroll Shelby International and Rucker Performance unveiled their bike at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo. Well, the bike is all set to go into production now and out of the 25 units that will be built, five have already been ordered.

Carroll Shelby, who won the 1959 Le Mans 25 Hours race, is a legend in the world of American high-performance cars. But this bike – called the Motorcycle Shelby – is his first two-wheeled creation. The bike is fitted with a fuel-injected, 2100cc, S&S X-Wedge v-twin, which produces about 150 horsepower.

Sure, it won't corner, but in a straight line, even an R1 might have trouble keeping up with it, especially if the Shelby has the optional supercharger installed...

Billed as ‘An incredible high performance American motorcycle which rivals the power to weight ratio of the famed Shelby Cobra 427 S/C,’ the Motorcycle Shelby is being built by Rucker Performance, under license by Carroll Shelby. The bike is being fitted with high-spec components, including USD forks, ceramic brake rotors, air-assisted suspension, carbonfibre wheels, an electric gearshift system, and body panels made of carbonfibre and aluminium. And yes, buyers will be able to have the bike painted the way they want.

While the Shelby bike, which weighs 275 kilos, will never corner like a GSX-R, we suppose it’ll offer ample straight line performance, which is what many American motorcyclists want. And for those want more than 150 horsepower, there’s a Procharger supercharger on the options list, which should boost power to at least 180bhp or more!

For more details, visit the official Shelby Motorcycles website here.

More motorcycle muscle:
Morbidelli 850: V8 muscle-power!
Triumph Rocket III: Three-cylinder, 2.3-litre, 140bhp, 200Nm tourer!
Raging Buell: The supercharged Lazareth XB12S...
From Finland: Honda CBR1100XX Turbo!
Neander Turbodiesel: The 195Nm oil rig...
2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: The ultimate rice-rocket!
Honda Evo6 and CB1100R: Simply stunning...
Blown away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200!
Wildlife: The Confederate F131 Hellcat...
NitroDuke: Jaska Salakari's 2000bhp (yeah, two thousand horsepower) KTM
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders..."

The 2008 Honda CB400 Super Bol d'Or gets fuel-injection and Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system. It's only a 400 but it sure looks cool, eh?
Pic: Moto Revue

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