And yet here we are, looking at what Worthly calls, “the craziest motorcycle out there.” I’d have to agree, and here’s why. The Ludovic Lazareth LM847 forgoes the one-, two-, three-, or four-cylinder motors commonly found in motor bikes and jumps straight to a Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8.
Now if that setup and indeed its four-wheeled look strikes you as familiar, you’re most likely recalling Dodge’s Tomahawk, a V10-powered creation of similarly ludicrous origins.
In the case of the LM847, there’s 470 horsepower at the operator’s disposal, and a completely carbon-fiber, aluminum, and glass body to wield that output. Thanks to the quad-wheel design, the LM847 can lean into turns up to 30 degrees, completely changing a standard motorcycle’s handling characteristics.
You might imagine the Fresh bespoke motorcycle manufacturer created such a thing for its performance potential, but in fact, Lazareth says it chose the Maserati engine simply because it looks cool. I suppose if you owned your own coach-building enterprise, your inspiration could come from anywhere, with no one to stop you.
Beyond the ludicrous motor, the LM847 forgoes a standard transmission in lieu of a single-speed chain gearbox, which means all you really have to do is hold on. Top speed hasn’t been announced but if the Tomahawk’s 200-plus-mph figure is any indicator, the LM847 should be in the same ballpark.
Lazareth will build you a tailor-made LM847 for $217,000, which, unless you’re Bruce Wayne, might be a financial stretch. If speed is your goal, the $25,000 Kawasaki H2 might be a better bet.