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Old 06-27-2005, 12:03 PM   #21
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Default Re: Monday's Science Lab: V-twin Engines 101

The Honda Transalp procession looked like a solar system model from the Zorgonian System
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:05 PM   #22
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Default Re: Monday's Science Lab: V-twin Engines 101

A couple of yrs ago, Kevin Cameron had a most interesting article on that very subject. He postulates that the more efficient the combustion chamber, the more suckological the sound. And vice versa.



I don't recall if crank force vectors were discussed.
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:08 PM   #23
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Ahhh, yes! Many of us of a "certain" age had a first car with inline six. While I miss those, I don't miss the 3 on the tree.



A bud of mine just bought a sexy Lexy SC300 just to get that creamy six. Yikes!
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:18 PM   #24
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Default V twins inline fours and blonde twins

Actually a 90 degree (or "L") V-twin does a good job of cancelling out its own vibration, even without counter balancers. Those "big" cylinders create gobs of torque. Point one cylinder toward the front tire, then rotate it until it is almost horizontal and you solve most of the cooling problems and get a very low center of gravity. It is an inherently excellent design. Check out anything that Ducati makes or the Suzuki SV or DL series bikes. That's why v-twins still exist.



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P.S. As already noted, the Boxer engine and vertical twin are both twins, but not v-twins. Also, as noted by a certain comedian, the secret to enlightenment is fourteen year old blonde twins.
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:46 PM   #25
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Default Re: Monday's Science Lab: V-twin Engines 101

OK, so do I get a Tuono or S4R?
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:44 PM   #26
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Did you have a Dodge Dart with a slant six?



I was sad to see Lexus dropping the I-6. The new GS has a V.
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:45 PM   #27
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Default Re: Monday's Science Lab: V-twin Engines 101

If you get a Tuono make sure you spend the extra cash for the Ohlins version.
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:42 PM   #28
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Default Re: Monday's Science Lab: V-twin Engines 101

Thanks Buz, I was wondering what to do with the extra $5k. I heard the '06 may get a "springer" front end on the Factory model.
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Old 06-27-2005, 07:49 PM   #29
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Maybe they'll make it a rigid as well.



The standard Tuono suspension was not my cup o' tea. Very "boingy." technically speaking.
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Old 06-28-2005, 03:56 AM   #30
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Not buying one on the cheap from a reliable source was one of the dumber things I ever did. Nope, only a Chevy II.



And to think I missed out on the dashboard pushbutton tranny.
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