Check out Chuck Beck’s custom motorcycle build with a Lamborghini Espada V12 engine. Mated to 3-speed gearbox this bike could reach a top speed of 140 mph/ 225 km/h!
Last week, we featured the Madboxer, a custom motorcycle with a 2.5L twin-turbo Subaru boxer engine. If you thought that was crazy, have a look at this build, a custom bike powered by a Lamborghini V12 engine. Before it went viral, the bike was first spotted back in 2014 during a meet ( at Cars and Coffee Alpharetta in the US). We have seen bikes powered by car engines and vice versa, but this build blew our minds so we decided to feature it this week – A heavy V12 Lambo engine to power a bike, really? Whether you like it or hate it, here is the story.
Chuck Beck (a well-known petrolhead) from Georgia, had a friend that owned a Lamborghini which died in a fire. One day, that friend offered the engine to Beck and well, Chunk Beck accepted it. Beck went all out and gave the engine a second life and that’s how this custom build with a Lamborghini V12 engine came to life. Apparently Chuck worked on this project over a summer when his wife went out of town; we salute Chuck for finishing his build entirely (erm, unlike some of us….). According to sources, Chuck stuffed in the Lambo engine into an entirely new custom-built motorcycle frame. Well, even if he were to find a donor bike, is there any bike that could possibly fit in an entire chunky V12 engine?
So far there isn’t much technical information on the bike; however, sources suggest this custom build is powered by a Lamborghini V12 engine off an Espada; which means the engine pushes around 350-400 hp in its stock form (although less on 2 wheels). Chuck coupled the V12 engine with a Volkswagen Type 3 transaxle and geared it to have a top speed of 140 mph/ 225 km/h. When it comes to the design, from the fairings, lights to even seats, everything is custom made. Although Chuck’s build looks long and wide; we love how the massive V12 engine is wrapped inside a bike frame neatly.
Caffeine & Octane featured Beck and his build in a short video interview and here is what Chuck Beck commented on the build:
“Once you’re up and moving it handles pretty much like any motorcycle would,” Beck said in the video. “It’s not geared to go real fast: only about 140 miles an hour.
“It goes without saying I’m kind of proud of the way it turned out. It’s been a crowd-pleaser anywhere it’s gone. And we hope to play with it for a while until the next project comes up. In the meantime, we’ll continue playing and maybe I’ll learn to ride the thing.”
Watch the full interview here: