The Advertiser - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - CRAIG DUFF

AN Aus­tralian-de­signed V8 mo­tor­bike with a su­per­car­chas­ing price of about $150,000 will hit the road this month. If bang for your buck is an is­sue, the Aurora Mo­tor­cy­cles ma­chine won’t dis­ap­point. A weight of 265kg and out­puts of 311kW/309Nm means the Hell­fire OZ26 will run down just about any­thing it lines up against.

The bike is just as ca­pa­ble around cor­ners, cour­tesy of a Hossack-style multi-link front end that elim­i­nates forks and with them the bike’s ten­dency to dive un­der brakes. It’s a sim­i­lar story down the back where the multi-link levers are de­signed to re­duce rear-end squat un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion.

The me­chan­i­cal pack­age is rounded out with an al­loy and car­bon-fi­bre body and the most ad­vanced soft­ware on the mar­ket.

The in­stru­ment screen and en­gine man­age­ment are from race sup­plier Motec and the Hell­fire V8 has rid­ing modes for wet, city, tour­ing and sport, along with a cus­tomis­able op­tion where riders can pre­set en­gine and trac­tion con­trol set­tings. The five-speed gear­box can be shifted us­ing a con­ven­tional foot lever or via but­tons on the left switch­block.

The bike was de­vel­oped by for­mer Ford en­gi­neer Vin­cent Messina, who is now based in Thai­land to oversee pro­duc­tion of the hi-tech twowheeler.

Messina, a for­mer su­per­bike and side­car racer, de­signed the “clean sheet” 2.6-litre V8 with help from as­so­ciates in Aus­tralia, the UK and New Zealand. Styling du­ties were handed to ac­claimed lo­cal de­signer Tim Cameron. Cameron al­ready has a global fol­low­ing and one of his rad­i­cal mo­tor­cy­cle de­signs is al­ready


PRICE $150,000 (est) EN­GINE 2.6L V8, 311kW/319Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 5-speed, shaft drive. DI­MEN­SIONS 2229mm (L), 850mm (W), 1600mm (WB) SEAT HEIGHT 820mm SUS­PEN­SION Has­sack-style mul­ti­link front with Oh­lins TTX adap­tive sus­pen­sion, mul­ti­lever rear end with Oh­lins TTX sus­pen­sion BRAKES Dual Brembo front discs with four-pis­ton cal­lipers, Brembo rear disc with twin-pis­ton cal­liper; ABS WEIGHT 265kg on the road in the form of the Travert­son T-Rex.

No one will talk ac­cel­er­a­tion times but the Hell­fire V8 is re­port­edly good for a MotoGP-ri­valling 340km/ h top speed. Messina has taken to call­ing his ma­chine an “ul­tra­bike” to in­di­cate it is a step be­yond the hy­per bikes such as Kawasaki’s su­per­charged H2R sports ma­chine.

The Hell­fire isn’t the first V8-pow­ered bike, though pre­vi­ous ver­sions have tended to use ex­ist­ing car en­gines which adds too much weight and lim­its the ma­chines to straight-line sling­shots.

Aurora en­listed Kiwi su­per­bike rider Stephen Briggs to help shake down the pro­to­types and the first five ex­am­ples of the lim­ited pro­duc­tion run are due to go on sale later this month.

For de­tails, go to au­ro­ramo­tor­cy­

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