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Old 11-09-2006, 01:32 AM   #31
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Old 11-09-2006, 02:02 AM   #32
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The SAAB triple in a bike has already been done - look for the SAABSA.
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Old 11-09-2006, 02:25 AM   #33
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Subaru engines are also popular in light aircraft.
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:13 AM   #34
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I am not sure you would even have to reinvent the wheel on this one. Isn't the new rx8 powerplant a measly 1.3 liters? I am sure that could be shoe horned into a motorcycle relatively easily to create a little rotary monster.
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:15 AM   #35
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The buell is back? What happened? What was the issue?
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:31 AM   #36
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I agree that something like a VW TDI is in order. It would make a sweet touring/cruising motor. Yeah they only make 90 horses but at 150 ftlbs, it really wouldn't matter how many extra bags you had on the thing you would still have power on hand. Plus, that motor gets about 57mpg on the highway when it is hauling around the current Golf platform at around 2800 lbs. So, in a cruiser/tourer weighing less than 1000 lbs it would just be kickass!

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Old 11-09-2006, 04:03 AM   #37
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Roll another one, just like the other one.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:09 AM   #38
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Several people have mentioned rotary engines. Back when I was studying at Bailey Tech, they had a room full of engines on stands for tune-up practice. Most were garden-variety V8s and sixes, but they had one Mazda rotary, which was supposed to be "the future."



Each engine had a set of gauges including a tach, and several of us got the idea to see how high the rotary would rev. We kept taking it higher and higher, and as it started shrieking at rpms that the V8s would never see, all the teachers began moving to the other end of the room and ducking down behind cast-iron engine blocks.



We got the Mazda up to 11,000 rpm before the ignition began cutting out. It sounded awesome, and we were all laughing our asses off.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:09 AM   #39
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Top end was so carboned up for the overy rich TPS setting that it ruined the exhaust valves on both cylinders, so they gave me a new pistons & valves.



It happened so gradually that I didn't notice it had all the power of a Honda 90.



Still did neat wheelies....runs great now. But for how long?
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:12 AM   #40
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I agree 100% - the Mazda mill is small enough to fit under a superbike fairing!
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