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Old 01-26-2005, 09:25 AM   #31
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Default Re: Another American Superbike: Roeh

Yeah, it might be an SV1000. Those are just flying off the shelves these days. In fact, they are so hot, the dealer will give you about $2000 off to roll it out the door!
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:02 AM   #33
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Default Re: Another American Superbike: Roeh

I didn't mean to knock Highland, it's just not the country I expected a hi-performance street bike engine to come from.



Nope, no foreign engines for Buell. You just can't call it the "American sport bike" or some similar thing when the motor is foriegn (even though most of us here think it doesn't really make much difference.) Suspension, yes. Brakes, yes. Wheels, yes. Controls, yes. Chassis? Maybe. But the engine is the heart of the whole thing. I really doubt Harley/Buell would ever completely outsource engine development



I'm hoping to see that Buell major product intro to which you referred. What have you been hearing?
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:19 AM   #34
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Gee and I thought the fact that it had a modern, liquid-cooled Japanese engineered powerplant would have made it perfect.



Hmm, what do I know?
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:20 AM   #35
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Yeah, but in what other profession can a cranky old fart get nearly unlimited admiration from an endless supply of 19 year- old girls.



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Old 01-26-2005, 10:31 AM   #36
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The engine looks cool, and I certainly like the idea of a light and compact v-twin, but I wonder how realistic it is? KTM seems to have designed something like what Roeh is trying, but if it made sense to make something like the Roeh, why didn't they do it? Maybe an engine needs to be bigger, heavier, and more complex to have real-world water and oil passages, etc. I have a 996 motor in my Ducati monster that clearly could benefit from some cleanup and downsizing, but I don't think Ducati designed with the attitude of "Let's just make it big, heavy, and bulky - who'll notice, anyway?" I know the Testastretta design is an improvement in both appearance and size (of the heads, anyway), but I think the Roeh may be trying too hard to make it simple.



What's the old saying? "Every complex problem has a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong." Or something like that.
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:46 AM   #37
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Boy, that's terrible it was 70 here the other day, now it's back to 55 and sprinkles. You need superhuman endurance to ride in this kind of weather.



Not many can take riding in the Brutally Punishing Pacific Northwest winter.
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Old 01-26-2005, 11:10 AM   #38
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I'll take an SV650 engine or maybe better the 'priller 450.
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Old 01-26-2005, 11:13 AM   #39
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I can dig the 19-year-old thing, but the jail time would kill me. I'm sure your compound could keep the Feds at bay though. LOL
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Old 01-26-2005, 11:38 AM   #40
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What's this obsession with V-twins overthere? Just because it is a V-twin doesn't make it American, nor does that make it nessessarely good. There are lots of reasons why one would pick a particular engine configuration for a particular application. So why does it have to be a V-twin every time? Or does the lack of directly comparable configurations make it easier to hide imperfections under the cover of "character"?
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