How designers created the 500-hp 4-wheel superbike
By Martha Harbison
Posted 03.25.2003 at 7:44 pm 3 Comments
It was all for power. The Tomahawk's designers were so bent on making a brutally powerful motorcycle that they were forced
to mutate most of the bike's components to accommodate the massive V10 Viper engine. Take the gas tank (1A): To shield it from the engine's heat, they had to relocate it to the front fender. Two standard tires couldn't
handle the power, so to keep the 4-wheeler feeling like a bike, designers devised a
unique independent suspension.
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