Monster on Two Wheels: Unveiling the 48-Cylinder Kawasaki Tinker Toy


Rev up your curiosity and hold onto your helmets because we’ve got an exclusive scoop on one of the most mind-blowing motorcycles ever conceived: the Kawasaki with a 48-cylinder, 2-stroke engine! Yes, you heard that right – 48 cylinders packed into a sleek machine that’s as wild as it gets in the world of motorcycles.

Imagine this: Simon Whitelock, a visionary engineer with a passion for pushing boundaries, drew inspiration from the colossal aircraft engines of yesteryears and embarked on a mission to create something truly extraordinary. He pondered the possibility of marrying 16 engines into a single powerhouse, and thus, the concept of the 48-cylinder motorcycle was born.

For Whitelock, who harbors a deep admiration for Kawasaki’s two-stroke marvels like the iconic KH 250, this project was more than just a mechanical feat; it was a labor of love and innovation. Previous endeavors saw him tinkering with engines boasting 6 to 9 cylinders, but nothing could prepare the world for the audacity of his 48-cylinder creation.

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Crafting this mechanical marvel required ingenuity and precision. Whitelock devised a masterful plan, fashioning six in-line eight-cylinder engines that were seamlessly fused into clusters of two. With meticulous craftsmanship, he meticulously modified engine casings, reconfigured gearboxes, and welded components to forge a colossal engine block that defied convention.

The engineering marvel didn’t stop there. Each bank of cylinders was fed by individual carburetors, ensuring a steady flow of the vital lubricating mixture. And to kickstart this beast, Whitelock ingeniously repurposed a 125cc scooter drive, adding yet another layer of innovation to his masterpiece.

But what about performance, you ask? Brace yourselves. Whitelock speculated that his creation could blitz past the 200 miles per hour mark, a staggering testament to its raw power and potential. However, he’s quick to emphasize that this machine wasn’t built to break speed records; it was a bold declaration of his engineering prowess.

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Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for – the auction. Bonhams, renowned for curating the finest automotive treasures, is set to host the sale of Whitelock’s Tinker Toy on April 21, 2024. Valued between 47,000 and 70,000 euros, this mechanical marvel is more than just a sum of its parts; it’s a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of innovation.

So, dear enthusiasts, as you ponder the prospect of owning a piece of automotive history, ask yourselves: Is this 48-cylinder behemoth the ultimate thrill ride, or is it simply too much madness on two wheels? The answer awaits beneath the roar of 48 explosive sources of power.


Marcelo Souza

Author, Editor and Administrator of the MotoNews World website, graduated in Accounting, passionate about motorcycles and technology.

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