New to the V-8-powered motorcycle market is Sabertooth Motorcycles, maker of the 2008 WildCat family of bikes. Calling it a "racecar on two wheels" the company notes that a Ford Racing 302 cu. in. motor with aluminum heads is the heart of the machine.
"When we first designed the WildCat we thought the market was a few hundred motorcycles a year," says Ben Daniels, president of Sabertooth Motorcycles. "From the first time we unveiled the bike in public we knew the appeal was much broader than we had ever anticipated."
Designed with a low center of gravity, the WildCat features cantilevered rear shocks that reportedly allow for better traction and performance under acceleration. The motor, transmission and clutch were all specifically engineered to power the motorcycles.
A lot of research went into choosing the engine to power the WildCat, and after several prototypes, Sabertooth selected the Ford Racing 302 cu. in. The narrower profile is better suited to a motorcycle for rider comfort as well as more pleasing styling and geometry.
In addition, the Ford Racing engine is easier to cool because of its smaller mass, allowing Sabertooth to use a compact, more stylish radiator.
The WildCat also features an 8-gallon gas tank, a 13-inch front rotor and six-piston caliper. For more power a 347 cu. in. stroker engine with fuel injection and air-ride suspension is available.
Sabertooth Motorcycles are produced in a 25,000 sq. ft. factory in Greer, S.C., which includes extensive CNC machining capabilities and a dedicated climate-controlled paint facility. All frames, handlebars, and sheet metal components are designed, engineered and built in-house.