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Old 11-05-2005, 01:49 AM   #11
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I couldn't agree with you more! Just the other day, I found myself wishing a manufacturer would produce a small V6 powered motorcycle. In fact, Moto Guzzi DID sell a small V* powered bike for a brief period & there is an Australian company that sells a beautiful small V8 bike - the Drysdale. Then there's the Brit who custom builds V8s and V12s from production Kawasaki engines - can't remember his name. Although I love the concept of a radial engine (a long time fantasy motor of mine), I don't think it could work in a motorcycle because you would end up having to mount the engine so high in the frame to accomodate the lower cylinders and still have enough ground clearance. At that point, the crankshaft would be high in the frame also necessitating some sort of powerflow transfer to bring it back down to rear wheel level. Hmmm, what if we laid it down flat???



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Old 11-05-2005, 01:53 AM   #12
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Here'd the link to the Drysdale V8 bikes... a cruiser & a sport bike. Enjoy.



http://home.mira.net/~iwd/



Also the Motoguzzi V8.



http://www.mcnews.com.au/ClassicsCus...otoGuzziV8.htm
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Old 11-05-2005, 01:57 AM   #13
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I was also able to find the link about the British guy, Alan Millyard and his custom Kawasaki engine blocks that use all stock Kawasaki internals & valve gear.

http://uk.zn1300.com/
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Old 11-05-2005, 03:19 AM   #14
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The v6 has already been done. Laverda made and raced one in the 1970s. And as for radial or rotary engines, go to your encyclopedia of motorcycles and look up what a Megola was.



But more cylinders usually means smaller pistons, and that produces bland sensations. Besides, bikes are supposed to be simple and agile, which means singles and twins. But singles and twins don't make the power of equivalent-displacement fours, and so don't sell to a performance-obsessed market. Which kind of brings us back to where we started.
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Old 11-05-2005, 03:48 AM   #15
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Um, excuse me, he said something "new." Some guy named KP has been bringing up biodiesel for years. In fact you kinda.......oh, never mind.

BTW, by dealer can't give that heads up helmet attachment away.
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Old 11-05-2005, 04:29 AM   #16
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You make a good point, as long as we are driven by the performance wars between manufacturers, things will stay the same.

As for the Megola, can you say "unsprung weight?
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Old 11-05-2005, 04:48 AM   #17
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Hasn't anyone been following the american

moto gp project of Motoczysz?

They will eventually be for sale to the public.
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Old 11-05-2005, 04:49 AM   #18
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I like the rotary idea - doesn't matter if gas, diesel or bio-diesel. A small 1/2 litter twin rotor wankle making 80-100 hp would be cool - good fuel milage, decent power - and if you need more just start forcing the issue -small turbos spool quick. If you needed more fuel economy you could shut down an injector for one rotor at Hwy speeds. If you produce this I want a cut!
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:46 AM   #19
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So... how about if Honda were to release their 5 cylinder MotoGP bike to the public as a limited production bike?
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Old 11-05-2005, 06:53 AM   #20
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OMG, you just described my dream bike. I would literally sell my current bike and my junker car if necessary to buy one. I wouldn't care if it cost $15k, I would have to have it. Except I would also like a good 8" of ground clearance and 6" or so of suspension travel for exploring fire roads. But you're dead on about the power, weight, and CVT.



So many people hate on CVTs until they ride something with one (try a Silverwing or Burgman someday) in traffic.



Biodiesel would also be nice, but diesel = heavy.
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