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Old 01-31-2002, 05:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: How many cylinders is too many?

I rule out the V-4. They need something that will represent them uniquely in the marketplace and Honda with its RC30 and 45 V4s would be a been there done that deal. I think they will go with established forms like triples, inline 4s, V4s if that would bring them victory but something else won't.
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Old 01-31-2002, 05:56 AM   #12
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Default Here is how it will be...

V-twin, larger than 998 bore, short-stroke, ultra high RPM with Desmo valves in the first year. High RPM reliability problems will lead quickly to pneumatics. I see a champion here...
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Old 01-31-2002, 06:16 AM   #13
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We all know Ducati's reputation for reliability. Let's see, 15 technicians required to keep each cylinder operating correctly, uh that would mean 90 personnel needed for a v6.

Haha, this is like making fun of the cheerleader who would never give you a date anyway.
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Old 01-31-2002, 06:21 AM   #14
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Default Long Live The CBX Air-Crusher!!

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Do yourself a favor and get a CBX. What a fun, fun bike. And you can still roll into a Honda dealer and have them work on it for a reasonable sum. Who's going to work on your Benelli? The Benelli dealer? WHAT Benelli dealer? Get a CBX- the exotic six-cylinder bike you can ride every day. A clean 1979 modelis about $4K- save $11,000 off the price of that slow-ass, unreliable Benelli!



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Old 01-31-2002, 06:30 AM   #15
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Default You guys are all way off base......

It's going to be a small Mr. Fusion reactor (see the DeLorean at the end of "Back to the Future") coupled to a turbine.
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Old 01-31-2002, 07:03 AM   #16
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Default It's gonna be a V-Twin...

...according to Motorcyclist magazine. Bore and stroke is - get this - 124mm X 48mm, extreme even by formula 1 standards! The thing will rev to 18,000rpm. If nothing else, it will be very interesting to listen to!
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Old 01-31-2002, 10:11 AM   #17
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Default Re: How many cylinders is too many?

How about just making a Valkyrie with a hopped-up version of Honda's 1800cc engine, then give it some modern naked styling? I'd buy that puppy.... Take a look at this website:



http://www.firstmoto.ch/F6custom/indexf.shtml



Looks like someone thought of this already!
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Old 01-31-2002, 11:52 AM   #18
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...a Wankel Rotary Engine?
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Old 02-01-2002, 03:04 AM   #19
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Default Re: How many cylinders is too many?

THey will just make fatter pistons with shorter stroke so they can use pneumatic valves. Same displacement
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Old 02-01-2002, 03:07 AM   #20
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If Ducati can get competitive horsepower from the short stroke L-twin, they may have the most rideable package. Look at what their bike is doing now with lots more weight and less power. Now take away 40lbs and add 20-30 usable horses. Instead of matching or behing right behind current Motogp lap times, they will put them to shame. No matter what, I think Ducati has a chance if Bayliss get's the ride.
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