What better way to party, thought famed custom
creator Ludovic Lazareth, than with a machine that takes
horsepower to the extreme?
Lazareth’s LM 847 is, to the objective eye, a conflation of
impractical ideas, awkwardly overengineered into a
hulking mass of unrideable ostentation that will probably
never turn a wheel on the road.
If that’s your assessment, fine; it’s never stopped Lazareth
before. His outrageous vehicles are about making
statements, visual and mechanical, and in that sense the
LM 847 has plenty to say.
The heart of the matter is a ludicrous motor: the 4.7-liter,
32-valve V8 from the Maserati Quattroporte, a 620
newton-meter bone crusher that puts out exactly 4.7
times the old horsepower limit.
One rear tire was never going to be enough to put 470
horsepower to the ground, so Lazareth supplies two,
each with its own chain drive, and each on its own hefty
The obvious choice here would be to suspend each
wheel individually, but Lazareth has no time for obvious
choices. He mounts a TFX rear shock transversely, in a
fashion that looks like it will not only damp bump-
handling movements that affect both rear wheels, but
also any motion that moves one wheel relative to the
other – for example, cornering lean angle changes. How
this works dynamically on the road, who knows?
At the front end, there’s another two giant single sided
swingarms, each featuring its own hub-steered front
wheel with a Buell-style rim-mounted brake. This time,
each gets its own shock, as well as an unsprung weight
figure that’d probably be admirable on a B-double truck.
Between the front and rear wheels are split carbon fiber
aerodynamic shields that work together when the bike is
upright to give the impression of a third tire … Or that the
whole monstrous thing is just one two-foot wide piece of
One hint as to how hard that front end is to steer comes
from the gigantic width of the handlebar poking up out
of the airbox. Lazareth has been quoted as saying if he
can’t make something work beautifully, he’ll hide it, so
lord knows what that steering mechanism looks like under
there. The bars are made even wider with the addition of
bar-end mirrors (that’ll be annoying when you’re lane-
splitting through traffic to get to work), and the levers are
reverse-action, because screw you, he’s Ludovic
Not a bolt on this crazy creation is anything like any other
bike you’ve seen this side of the show-only Dodge
Tomahawk. From the winged front lamps, to the rude,
stout air intake behind the screen, to the incongruous
footboards, to the fact that it runs a single-speed
transmission with a hydraulic coupling and electric
reverse, it’s a complete original until you notice he’s stuck
a Ducati Panigale tail section on it, virtually unchanged,
and somehow made it work visually despite the fact that
it’s fixed to a 2.6 meter long, 400 kg, tilting quad bike.
I can’t even imagine how a human would fit on it, let
alone find the throttle stop on an engine so violently
powerful. But I love it, and I’d give it a go in a second,
and I’d be delighted to hand it back half an hour later,
wide-eyed and trembling, to this French Dr. Frankenstein.
The scariest thing is, he’s surely elbow deep in something
even more bizarre as we speak.
Lazareth LM 847