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A Chinese truck company is diving into eight-cylinder motorcycles

Would you ride an eight-cylinder motorcycle?Ross Gilmore – Getty Images

Rumors abound in this industry and when you hear about an eight-motor motorcycle hitting the market, you’re going to want to do your due diligence. Building on its domestically dominant truck production (and a rather cute city car called the Funky Cat), China’s Great Wall Motor will launch a range of motorcycles under the name Souo Motorcycles, and a teased announcement plus patent documents show a future. full of eight-cylinder engines.

The patent application, unearthed by Cycle World, shows the makings of a flat-cylinder engine with a four-in-one header design emanating from each cylinder head. Due to its transparent dimensions, the flat engine will probably grow by more than 1500 cc, possibly even up to 2.5 liters. Further analysis of the patent applications shows dual overhead camshafts for each cylinder bank, as well as a pair of radiators, one for each side. According to Cycle World, shaft drive and a semi-automatic dual-clutch transmission will also likely be part of the eight-cylinder engine.

A less internal view of the new flat-eight engine was available at the 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, with the relatively compact engine appearing with black valve covers and a Souo Motorcycle logo behind it. Great Wall Souo Motorcycles will be a breakthrough brand for Great Wall, complementing its far-reaching vehicle operations that also include Haval and Wey.

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The bike will likely be mounted on some sort of Honda Goldwing challenger, with a glimpse of the touring bike appear on X. Spy photos of the Souo cruiser during an alleged photo shoot show bodywork and ergonomics very similar to Honda’s Goldwing, not to mention the shared use of a flat-engine configuration. Additionally, the supercruiser appears to have a Hossack-style front suspension system, just like the Goldwing and the BMW K1600 GT.

More details about the Souo Motorcycles brand and the flat-eight supercruiser will emerge when the Beijing Motorcycle Show opens tomorrow, May 17. Regardless, the revival of eight-cylinder motorcycles has been a long time coming, with V-8 motorcycles from Moto Guzzi, Indian and Curtiss dating back to the early and mid-20th century.

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