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Old 11-08-2006, 05:24 PM   #21
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The three-cylinder, turbo charged diesel tha VW sells in Europe. For their size and weight, motorcycles get terrible fuel mileage, often less than a 3000lb auto with the same power. But it's mostly because MC makers don't feel any pressure to provide good mileage. They should. The VW engine in a sport tourer would provide good performance and great mileage.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:39 PM   #22
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Can't work, it's gotta be at least a 5 Oh or else it'll be labeled a "chick bike".
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:54 PM   #23
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I wanna know who Nomad's connect is cuz he's burnin' the Killer Krypto.



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Old 11-08-2006, 06:27 PM   #24
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Interesting topic and some really interesting posts. From a 3 cylinder fuel efficient diesel to a new generation Wankel Rotary. If biodiesel ever takes off a diesel motorcycle is natural. Heck a diesel powered car won Le Mans If you read that link you can understand why most folks have a misconception of the diesel power plant and it's simple elegance



Being a former RX-7 owner, I will always have a soft spot for the rotary's equally simple elegance and it's compactness.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:31 PM   #25
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Yep two strokes are great for their power to weight and power to displacement ratios. If they could only solve the pollution problem.
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:13 PM   #26
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You stole my answer!



I was gona make it ajoke and say "Radical SR4" just to see how many people caught it
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:50 PM   #27
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Well this isn't a car engine but its pretty darn cool. I saw this while I was at Airventure this summer.



http://www.airventure.org/2006/galle...le_rotaxPW.jpg
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:08 PM   #28
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is that a fact. I would like to see one of these. seriously.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:14 PM   #29
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I'm a former owner of a 1980 rx-7. The only hard spot I have for those things is the fact that a 2200 lb car with 70 hp got 14 mpg. it's not just that it's old, it sounds like new rx-8s are thirsty too.



But the rotaries sure are cool to spin up! Speaking of spinning an engine up -- you would think with all the better materials that we have now, gas turbines could make a comeback from the laugh-off they got in the sixties.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:46 PM   #30
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I don't know that there are *any* car engines that I'd like to *see* in a motorcycle.



On the other hand, VW has some really interesting engines whose design concepts I'd like to see applied to a motorcycle, like the VR engines and the new Twincharger engine.
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