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Suzuki VX800 Concept
Suzuki VX800 Concept

Welcome to this month’s Minded. For April we’re to look at the state of the motorcycling and arguably its most popular configuration, the venerable V-Twin. historical fact: While Davidson is best known as the of the V-Twin, it was Indian that belted one out for production back in when Harley was just their foot in the door.

In Harley didn’t belt out a V2 1909, and revamped it in 1911 to the design that is still in use

No doubt there’s a certain to owning a V-Twin cruiser of any They pack lots of and potentially unexplored power at Suzuki’s SV line, the Ducati’s, and the VTR-1000), and they just good too. As for unexplored versus good looks, can you have both?

Is there a rule written in stone all cruisers must be lazy? what I’m going to here.

Look at the V2 sportbikes, wide angled V2 mills look as stylish as cruiser perhaps with the idea some of them will be in fairing. But what if those were visually refined? chrome covers look on a wide angled V2?

Well, Yamaha has a 60º between their cylinders, not as drastic as the 75-90 degree mills, yet many would say the V-Star motor still pretty good. Surely the narrow V2 looks best, and them a single pin to sound the but must we truly sacrifice pin power for looks and sound?

The Shadow did (as did other earlier from the 1980’s), and while it more power than the 1100 ACE single pin counterparts, it looks just as good, but the exhaust note leaves folks wanting more.

Harley’s V-Rod, another angled V2. At 1130cc displacement and a pin crank, it puts out more than Honda’s dual pin VTX mill. The 750 Vulcan and 800 Intruder sport dual pin cranks, and stacking the V-Rod against bikes, test after yields them as the acceleration amongst the mid sized (and larger) V2 crowd.

Which the question, can mid-sized V2 mills put out without sacrificing the personality of a pin exhaust note?

Most of the single pin V2 cruisers sport 3 valves/cylinder or less, and one cam per Would DOHC and 4 valve/cylinder with hotter cams a more potent single pin angled V2?

The major manufacturers yet produced it, I would like to if they’re at least contemplating it or at testing it in secret labs, all that new Hyosung Aquila looks to be a potential hot rod of a machine its 75º DOHC 4 valve V2, in all it’s practically a SV-650 in a cruiser package. If it takes off and the power it suggests, the Japanese really need to consider some more performance to their mid sized V2 bikes, all the answer obviously isn’t cubic inches when nearly half their are producing similar results less displacement, and more less weight (re: vs VTX). And should the GV650 be of embarrassing the big inch bikes, they really need to these alternatives. guess bike I’m eagerly magazine reviews on next

Now back to alternative motor The inline four truly more power in any guise, but lack the personality of the V2. Does it out of place in a cruiser package?

In the eye of the as they say. I’ve plenty of sweeeet (not a that means sweeter sweet) 750 choppers, and Kawasaki’s ZL-600 Eliminator is something of a too, but with the wide plant jutting out from side of the tank there room for forward controls, so stuck with a cruiser a more standard riding Which brings us right to the beholder again.

When it to cruisers, I subscribe to the feet brigade, but that’s just my and it shouldn’t be construed as what I is best.

and then there’s the a happy medium between the and the V-Twins. I still don’t why Honda dropped the Magna, with the Nighthawk and Valkyrie with no replacements on deck. a marketing standpoint the Aero the ACE easily enough, maybe not so for the 750 Spirit, but perhaps if chopper is what the customer is after the VLX is available with a similar engine and closely matched

Suzuki VX800 Concept
Suzuki VX800 Concept

Not that it makes it all justifiable. but the was long overdue for an upgrade the tank, and with luck might unleash a VF800 next time around, again sharing the motor Honda’s Interceptor as was the case in the days of the VTR750. Well, I can in the meantime.

But why dump the Valkyrie and The Valk nailed high in every review it was subjected to, having a funky flat six compared to the standard V-Twin it competed against. Surely didn’t can this gem because it sport a V2.

Which brings me to the Honda’s historical trademarked Three generations and thirty ago the 750cc motorcycle put the Japanese on the motorcycle map, featuring bikes with powerful and it all goes back to the CB750. to own and operate, and substantially powered who would ask for more?

Surely the 599 a replacement, not priced within a few dollars of their ultra-performer and thousands over the CB750. And about it, the CB750 was the original cruiser. re: those sweeeet 750

But if bikes like the 599 and the other … sports, like the SV-650, Z1000 and ZR-7, etc are respectable sales numbers, why not a I4 to fill that niche? the Eliminator has historically been a two model (although the 125 makes a this year following initial two year run), it was another bike that was its time (bikes before time? hey guys. it’s time now so let’s get them in production! ), following the footsteps down from bikes the Honda NT650 Hawk and VX800, … sports motors based on their counterpart engines (the VLX and respectively).

Which brings us back to square one, can motors be pumped up? Looks they already have albeit in dual pin crank But it’s already been so it’s definitely feasible.

definitely a market for something in performance, low in the tonnage, yet cruiser-cool; who to be the first manufacturer to explore it? Who to try and play catch-up after succeed? Anyone else out paying attention and catching on to

And can sales associates be trained to you won’t outgrow a cruiser under 1000cc? Honda? Ferris Bueller. Bueller. (Yes, that was a pun directed the Motor Company. They great strides with the tell me if you’re not interested in a 450-650cc power cruiser?)

Beginner Bikes associate Richard Rose isn’t about the state of today’s he answers email at rich@beginnerbikes

Suzuki VX800 Concept
Suzuki VX800 Concept


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