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The Aussie-built 2-liter, 334-horsepower PGM V8 motorcycle

The Aussie-built 2-liter, 334-...
PGM V8 motorcycle
PGM V8 motorcycle
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PGM V8 motorcycle: Twin 4-2-1 exhausts with dual end cans, custom designed by Akrapovic
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PGM V8 motorcycle: Twin 4-2-1 exhausts with dual end cans, custom designed by Akrapovic
PGM V8 motorcycle: that front sprocket has to deal with 334 horsepower and 214 Nm of torque
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PGM V8 motorcycle: that front sprocket has to deal with 334 horsepower and 214 Nm of torque
The PGM V8 motorcycle sports Ohlins suspension at either end
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The PGM V8 motorcycle sports Ohlins suspension at either end
The Aussie-built PGM V8 motorcycle
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The Aussie-built PGM V8 motorcycle
The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom Motec dash
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom Motec dash
The PGM V8 motorcycle's 1996cc V8 engine
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's 1996cc V8 engine
The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom Akrapovic exhausts
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom Akrapovic exhausts
The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom titanium exhaust headers
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's custom titanium exhaust headers
The PGM V8 motorcycle's large-capacity, curved radiator
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's large-capacity, curved radiator
The PGM V8 motorcycle's Ohlins forks, Brembo radial calipers and Marsechini wheels
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's Ohlins forks, Brembo radial calipers and Marsechini wheels
The PGM V8 motorcycle's machined bar risers and steering damper
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The PGM V8 motorcycle's machined bar risers and steering damper
PGM V8 motorcycle: tank detail
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PGM V8 motorcycle: tank detail
PGM V8 motorcycle: bar risers and Motec dash
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PGM V8 motorcycle: bar risers and Motec dash
PGM V8 motorcycle: Motec TFT dash
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PGM V8 motorcycle: Motec TFT dash
PGM V8 motorcycle: top left view
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PGM V8 motorcycle: top left view
PGM V8 motorcycle: left view studio
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PGM V8 motorcycle: left view studio
PGM V8 motorcycle: left view studio
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PGM V8 motorcycle: left view studio
PGM V8 motorcycle
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PGM V8 motorcycle
PGM V8 motorcycle: front/rear view
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PGM V8 motorcycle: front/rear view
PGM V8 motorcycle: rear right top 3/4 view
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PGM V8 motorcycle: rear right top 3/4 view
PGM V8 motorcycle
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PGM V8 motorcycle

Aussie petrolheads love their V8 engines. And with production winding down on the last of the great V8 Commodores and Falcons that have been a staple of Australian roads since the late 1960s, one small team has decided to keep the tradition alive by creating the PGM V8 motorcycle that is fit to tear up tarmac like the best of Brocky's supercars.

The PGM V8 motorcycle is an absolute brute. Its whopping 1996cc, 90-degree V8 engine spins to 12,800 rpm to smash out 334 hp (249 kW) at the countershaft sprocket, while torque is a massive 214 Nm (158 ft-lbs). This thing will go through rear tyres like you and I go through clean underpants.

Wet weight, fully fuelled, it is 242 kg (534 lb), which is an impressive feat given the gargantuan engine. To achieve this weight, the bodywork is 100 percent carbon fiber, the bike runs twin titanium 4-into-2–into-1 exhausts custom-built by Akrapovic, and the frame in a combination of chrome-moly trellis at the front and a machined aluminium subframe at the rear.

PGM V8 motorcycle: Twin 4-2-1 exhausts with dual end cans, custom designed by Akrapovic
PGM V8 motorcycle: Twin 4-2-1 exhausts with dual end cans, custom designed by Akrapovic

The PGM V8 isn't the first Australian V8 motorcycle – Ian Drysdale and Barbarian have been making V8s for a number of years now, although the Barbarian team used a 5.7-liter Chevy engine, while PGM painstakingly purpose-designed its engine for motorcycle use.

That's about all we know at this point, but we'll try to get in touch with the PGM team to learn more. In the meanwhile, enjoy the extensive image gallery.

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9 comments
William H Lanteigne
I'd like mine in a cruiser configuration, please.
Daishi
It's impressive to see 334 hp out of a naturally aspirated engine in a bike only 534 lbs. That's in the ballpark of Boss Hoss but those weigh over 1,600 lbs. If they were at 484 hp they would be at a 2:1 hp/kg ratio. That sounds crazy but I think some of the ~500 HP turbo Busas are in the ballpark.
Loz
My favourite quote from the website: "The absence of electronic aids ensures a pure riding experience." Yikes.
RodIron
Interesting.... but need refinement like some fairings to cover every thing up and a better looking dash area. Also lose those goofy handle bars.
Dan English
And for likely much less money a Kawasaki H2R will run circles around it.
Kevin Ritchey
Just what we need. Another 18mpg V8 on the road.
Martin Hone
I would have liked more info, such as price and performance, and what the engine was based on. And has Sir Al put on weight ????
Bill Bennett
Ah, a true Loz Blain motorcycle article, such a relief from yesterday!
Keith Reeder
" This thing will go through rear tyres like you and I go through clean underpants" A tire every six months, eh?