A monster bike like no other
CAN motorcycles undergo meiosis? If so, Ludovic Lazareth’s LM 847 looks like it’s got stuck in the process of cell division.
Built around a gigantic, 4,7- litre Maserati V8 engine, this terrifying tilting quad bike picks up where the Dodge Tomahawk left off, with four single- sided swingarms, rim- mounted brakes, dual hub- centre steering and a bunch of other crazy touches. Not a bolt on this crazy creation is anything like any other bike you’ve seen this side of the show- only Dodge Tomahawk. From the winged front lamps, to the rude, stout air intake behind the screen, to the incongruous footboards, to the fact that it runs a single- speed transmission with a hydraulic coupling and electric reverse, it’s a complete original …
… until you notice he’s stuck a Ducati Panigale tail section on it, virtually unchanged, and somehow made it work visually despite the fact that it’s fixed to a 2,6 metre long, 400 kg, tilting quad bike.
The heart of the matter is a ludicrous motor: the 4,7- litre, 32- valve, V8 from the Maserati Quattroporte, a 620 newtonmeter bone crusher that puts out exactly 4,7 times the old horsepower limit.
One rear tyre was never going to be enough to put 470 horsepower to the ground, so Lazareth supplies two, each with its own chain drive, and each on its own hefty single- sided swingarm.
The obvious choice here would be to suspend each wheel individually, but Lazareth has no time for obvious choices. He mounts a TFX rear shock transversely, in a fashion that looks like it will not only damp bump- handling movements that affect both rear wheels, but also any motion that moves one wheel relative to the other — for example, cornering lean angle changes.
How this works dynamically on the road, who knows?
The very wide handlebars are to provide the necessary leverage to move those wide, dual front tyres.