I looked at the Highland bikes, made in Sweden & I'd compare them to the KTM 950, the big adventure bike niche. The engine is suberb for its intended use.
I can't imagine that Barley/Buell would ever go outside the company for an engine, they'd contract some expertise maybe (ala Porsche) but not a whole design... but hopefully the mystery twins powering those not-so-secret XB-based test mules back in Wisconsin will be this good.
Rumor mill has it Buell will have a major new product intro this summer.
The SV1000 has received bad reviews from everybody. To sum it up "Nice idea bad execution" . Perhaps on your next GPTB.com shootout you could add it....along with the super hawk Buell Firebolt, etc. ... Twins do Vegas or something.... I be watching in as guest only..
I didn't mean to knock Highland, it's just not the country I expected a hi-performance street bike engine to come from.
Nope, no foreign engines for Buell. You just can't call it the "American sport bike" or some similar thing when the motor is foriegn (even though most of us here think it doesn't really make much difference.) Suspension, yes. Brakes, yes. Wheels, yes. Controls, yes. Chassis? Maybe. But the engine is the heart of the whole thing. I really doubt Harley/Buell would ever completely outsource engine development
I'm hoping to see that Buell major product intro to which you referred. What have you been hearing?
The engine looks cool, and I certainly like the idea of a light and compact v-twin, but I wonder how realistic it is? KTM seems to have designed something like what Roeh is trying, but if it made sense to make something like the Roeh, why didn't they do it? Maybe an engine needs to be bigger, heavier, and more complex to have real-world water and oil passages, etc. I have a 996 motor in my Ducati monster that clearly could benefit from some cleanup and downsizing, but I don't think Ducati designed with the attitude of "Let's just make it big, heavy, and bulky - who'll notice, anyway?" I know the Testastretta design is an improvement in both appearance and size (of the heads, anyway), but I think the Roeh may be trying too hard to make it simple.
What's the old saying? "Every complex problem has a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong." Or something like that.
What's this obsession with V-twins overthere? Just because it is a V-twin doesn't make it American, nor does that make it nessessarely good. There are lots of reasons why one would pick a particular engine configuration for a particular application. So why does it have to be a V-twin every time? Or does the lack of directly comparable configurations make it easier to hide imperfections under the cover of "character"?