Re: Talk about faulty logic read this and then read my response to seruzawa
I'd like to see him pull this out of his hat as well. I like V-4's just fine but everything else being equal it will weigh more than an I-4 while being narrower, just like a V-twin will be heavier than a vertical twin/I-2. A counter might relate to power delivery on the edges of traction but that angle isn't going to go too far with me talking to the average rider, on the street. It doesn't seem to sink in that just because a particular configuration might someday show itself as the "ultimate", for motorcycle road racing with World class riders it might not be the best for the rest of us.
Until some realize that even in MotoGP the prototypes are trying to maximize performance within "the rules" they will look at results as "proof". The proof is a V-5 won MotoGP in '06 and a V-twin won World Superbike. Honda was able to lose a cylinder and compete thus the V-4 was "chosen" by them IMO. This would be the case if a true "Unlimited Formula Extreme" type class was as heavily competed for by the major manufacturers.
Best engine for street Motorcycle use? Juries still out as far as I'm concerned. I like bikes from singles thru sixes in every configuration. I like the different characteristics of those engines uniquely.
So I read the "One Racers Opinion" article and hope springs into my heart that a class of less powerful and more evenly matched Superstock motorcycles may lead to the return of AMA racing to the site of my beloved Loudon Racetrack (since mangled and renamed New Hampshire International Speedway by some soulless corporate s*****). Then I start reading this string and the topic turns to 750-800 cc V-4 bikes with 210-220 and some Kook bashing.
Dont get me wrong, I like Kook bashing as much as the next MOron, but I havent heard much about premise of the original article, i.e., that replacing Superbikes with Superstocks would improve the current breed of streetbikes and make for more exciting racing. It sounds good to me. What do others think?
And by the way, I am fascinated by the topic of maintenance for obsolete V-Twins. Why must that be mutually exclusive with my interest in racing and the classes therein? Am I obliged to find only one drum and the beat it to death? What kind of a$$hole does that?