Goodwood Festival of Speed debuts Bienville Legacy
There are more than a few reasons to go to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, not least because you will get the chance to witness the unveiling of one of the most powerful bikes ever built.
While it certainly won't be to everyone's tastes, the Bienville Legacy has got everyone talking, thanks in no small part to the fact it has a 1650cc Motus MV4 engine.
For most motorbike enthusiasts, a machine with 185 horsepower would be more than enough, but master craftsman JT Nesbitt decided to ramp things up and added a Rotrex centrifugal supercharger to his design. With this bit of kit, the bike has well over 300 hp, making it among the most powerful four-cylinder bikes ever made.
The funding to build this ferocious machine came from American entrepreneur Jim Jacoby, who decided he wanted to find someone who could create a bike that was driven by design. He believed commercial viability and price should be secondary considerations.
He developed the American Design and Master Craft Initiative to help turn his idea into reality.
Jacoby became aware of JT Nesbitt's work through the designs he had come up with at Confederate Motorcycles, where he dreamt up the industrial-looking Wraith.
The Legacy, which was built by JT Nesbitt at Bienville Studios in New Orleans, took three years to produce and has a patented suspension system.
It doesn't come cheap; anyone willing to pay for this outlandish machine will have to cough up an eye-watering £228,500.
For most riders, it's probably enough just to get a look at this most unusual machine and see what the fuss is about.
There's plenty of others things to be excited about at this year's Goodwood Festival, which takes place from June 26th until June 28th, not least rides from the legend that is Valentino Rossi. Casey Stoner, Giacomo Agostini, Freddie Spencer, John Surtees, Jim Redman and Kenny Roberts will also be making an appearance.