The PGM 2.0 Liter V8 Motorcycle– A ‘Super’ Superbike
Check Out This Australian V8 Motorcycle!
Updated August 9, 2018
It’s no secret that our friends down under have a deep love with the V8 engines. In fact, it’s hard for most self-confessed gear heads to have a conversation with an Aussie without a mention of V8 Supercars and good old Australian technology. While there have been a few V8 motorcycles in the past, none have every looked as convincing as this beauty. It’s Australian built. It’s a V8. It’s called the PGM 2.0 liter V8. And it’s one hell of a machine.
If the intro didn’t give you enough details, it’s an iconic and outrageously powerful V8 engine, crafted by engineers at the top of their game, seamlessly grafted into a motorcycle frame. This is a one off thing of beauty and we’ve got Paul Maloney and his team to thank for it.
The PGM 2.0 Liter – The Ultimate V8 Motorcycle?
Ripping a quote directly from their website: ‘If you want to experience the ultimate emotional rollercoaster, build yourself a motorcycle’ – this is where Paul’s vision began, a plan to build a purpose-built engine without compromising a single ounce of engineering integrity by trying to appease shareholders and paper pushers. Being Aussies, keeping the V8 dream alive was also paramount.
Headed up by Paul Maloney, a fully qualified engineer boasting over twenty years of experience working with MotoGP, WSBK and Formula 1, PGM have constructed a seriously high performance machine. The rest of the team includes Clayton Stairmand, a specialist in CAM manufacturing and CAD design, Neville Hazelman, a passionate craftsman with over 40 years of motorcycle fabrication and racing (specifically prepping engines for WSBK and ASBK) under his belt and Seanr Chhean, an industrial designer with a background in tuning and prepping race motorcycles. Together, they’ve given birth to this magnificent brute.
It’s got a powerful 1996cc inside that beautiful 90 degree V8 engine that can spin up to 12,800 rpm, kick out an incredible 334 hp and provide the rider with 158 ft-lbs worth of torque. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted. Fully fueled, the PGM 2.0 liter V8 weighs 242 kg, most of which is pure Australian engine. To cut down the weight, PGM have used a liberal amount of carbon fiber on top of the specialist chrome-moly ‘trellis’ frame, complete with an aluminum sub frame for the rear, and a beautifully crafted Akrapovic four into two titanium exhaust. It’s an Akrapovic special, specially designed and built for the job in hand.
On top of that, the bike is fitted with Ohlins suspension at the front and rear, Brembo brakes and Michelin tires sat upon aluminum forged Marchesini spoked wheels.
According to the specs sheet, the top speed is: ‘how brave are you?’ It’s a fair point as I don’t think many of us would be able to twist the throttle far enough with crying. It’s the true spirit of the V8, after all. If you’re interested in more V8 motorcycle crossovers, check out the work done by Ian Drysdale and Barbarian – they use donor engines rather than build their own though.
According to motorcycle legend Alan Cathcart: “Well – it’s not often that I’m left speechless – it is literally a ‘super’ bike in every sense. It is an incredible motorcycle“. And like Sir Alan, we’re looking forward to reading more about it in future!