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Re: Engine configurations [Re: robcoupe20vt] #1641992
22/06/2020 11:31
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Originally Posted by robcoupe20vt
No all the big four had turbo models . Suzuki had the XN85 and Yamaha had the XJ650 turbo and i nearly bought one last year . I remember seeing my first Honda CX500 Turbo back in 1982 at mallory park at the trans atlantic races . I was young then and always remember standing on the start finish straight behind the wire fence and Sheene pasing and the smell of two stroke oil . The turbo era in motor bikes was a short lived effort .However today manufactures in the future are down seizing engines and putting turbos on bikes .Kawasaki KR250 was a tandem twin two stroke https://www.cycleworld.com/yamaha-developing-turbocharged-twin/

I am bikeless althought my ZX6R is in my garage the frame is bent . 100 meters from my house 4 weeks ago last Friday a guy driving a Zafira ran a red light and i hit him . In lockdown and to have a RTA on a motorbike how's that for bad luck ??? Broken right arm and operation to plate it . I will be off work for at least 3 months . First accident in 10 years . My soliciter emailed me the CCTV of the accident from Tescos CCTV but i cant watch it .


Blimey I wouldn't be able to watch it either, we don't bounce the way we used to so hope you healing ok, sad about your bike but it'll be a nice project for you when you're back on your feet.
I'll dig out some pics of my old RG when I find them, Kevin Schwantz Pepsi rep including the Eagle helmet which i still have somewhere, I'd have no chance of fitting in the leathers now laugh

Re: Engine configurations [Re: Gripped] #1641994
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Originally Posted by Gripped
Have you still got your bikes Joe? Interested to hear about them.

Just before lockdown, I tested the new British/Indian Royal Enfield interceptor 650 parallel twin. Really nice looking bikes and seem to have really improved on quality. Really nice to ride, fairly quick despite only 47bhp, quite torquey and excellent handling. Even has ABS. Engine is brand new and sounds great. A fantastic package for only £5k new. The stablemate GT looks even better but is less comfy.


A mate has a new Enfield, uses it as his daily during the summer and says it's a good workhorse.

My classics are a 1991 Exup 1000 in dark grey, a recent purchase from a guy who'd owned it 22 years, and a 2000 full power Gen 1 Carbon Vmax, that thing is silly fast laugh

Re: Engine configurations [Re: respace] #1642014
22/06/2020 21:57
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Yeah I'm not sure I'm ready for the Enfield just yet, as I can't really justify a bike collection at the moment.

Like your classics. Both Yamaha too. My first bike was a mk 1 Fazer 600 and a Thundercat 600. That was pretty quick with its ram Air.

Always fancied a VMax. V4 muscle. What's the handling like?

Re: Engine configurations [Re: Gripped] #1642016
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Originally Posted by Gripped
Ps regarding the Merlin, there's a guy on YouTube who made a motorbike engine from a Merlin by chopping the end of the engine off. So it was a 4.5 litre V twin!!



It's 5 litres, I saw this at a bike rally in Canberra about 30 years ago, the sounds was intense, it went through you. He put a supercharger and nitrous on it after I'd seen it.

https://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/19/4296075.htm

My 1st bike was a Suzuki T500 2 stroke twin, I also had a kawasaki 400 triple, the 70's 2 strokes were mental. I've had a couple of BMW R100RS, beautiful old flat twin. The Laverda 1200 Jota triple with a 180 degree crank, the sound was amazing. Porshe air cooled flat 12s. The Honda and Kawasaki 6 cylinder bikes, Bennelli did a 6 cylinder years before as well. And how come you poms have forgotten the old Commer double knocker? I love big radial aircraft engines, my favourite is the 18 cylinder 3000hp sleeve valve Bristol Centaurus. I was in Krakow 2 years ago, they've got an aviation museum with all sorts of crazy soviet cold war era stuff, some really weird engine configurations, worth a look if you're into that sort of stuff.


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Re: Engine configurations [Re: Gripped] #1642017
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Originally Posted by Gripped
Yeah I'm not sure I'm ready for the Enfield just yet, as I can't really justify a bike collection at the moment.

Like your classics. Both Yamaha too. My first bike was a mk 1 Fazer 600 and a Thundercat 600. That was pretty quick with its ram Air.

Always fancied a VMax. V4 muscle. What's the handling like?


A standard Vmax handling is point and prey ooo

............ a few tweaks and with the use of your body weight you can get around corners quite confidently but its no sports bike by any terms, it's heavy and at slow speeds can be a mule but when that vboost kicks in none of that matters as it will happily leave big sports bikes behind on the striaght, 20 years old and still raises as smile every time I ride it.

Re: Engine configurations [Re: Grigio] #1642018
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Originally Posted by Grigio
Originally Posted by Gripped
Ps regarding the Merlin, there's a guy on YouTube who made a motorbike engine from a Merlin by chopping the end of the engine off. So it was a 4.5 litre V twin!!



It's 5 litres, I saw this at a bike rally in Canberra about 30 years ago, the sounds was intense, it went through you. He put a supercharger and nitrous on it after I'd seen it.

https://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/19/4296075.htm

My 1st bike was a Suzuki T500 2 stroke twin, I also had a kawasaki 400 triple, the 70's 2 strokes were mental. I've had a couple of BMW R100RS, beautiful old flat twin. The Laverda 1200 Jota triple with a 180 degree crank, the sound was amazing. Porshe air cooled flat 12s. The Honda and Kawasaki 6 cylinder bikes, Bennelli did a 6 cylinder years before as well. And how come you poms have forgotten the old Commer double knocker? I love big radial aircraft engines, my favourite is the 18 cylinder 3000hp sleeve valve Bristol Centaurus. I was in Krakow 2 years ago, they've got an aviation museum with all sorts of crazy soviet cold war era stuff, some really weird engine configurations, worth a look if you're into that sort of stuff.


The Polish Aviation museum is on my list to visit when I finally get a chance to visit Krakow.

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