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Check out this new motor Aprilia says they're coming out with for superbike applications:



999 cc, V4, 210 HP, 13,500 rpm redline, compression 12.5:1. Now that's high performance!
 

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In 1960, BMW sold an excellent sporting bike called the R69. It put out about 42 hp, was stable, and very comfortable. I never had an R69, but quite happily toured all over the Southwest with an R60, the standard BMW model. It never stranded me and always started on the first kick. At 5000 feet it put out a little over 25 hp. The first Volkswagen I drove was a '65. It cruised at 55 or 60 mph, kept me dry, and had an okay heater (if you watched the fan ducts and kept them from tearing). It also had 25 hp.

210 hp on a motorcycle just doesn't compute in my paradigm...
 
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On 2006-11-29 19:35, Sheepdog wrote:
In 1960, BMW sold an excellent sporting bike called the R69. It put out about 42 hp, was stable, and very comfortable. I never had an R69, but quite happily toured all over the Southwest with an R60, the standard BMW model. It never stranded me and always started on the first kick. At 5000 feet it put out a little over 25 hp. The first Volkswagen I drove was a '65. It cruised at 55 or 60 mph, kept me dry, and had an okay heater (if you watched the fan ducts and kept them from tearing). It also had 25 hp.

210 hp on a motorcycle just doesn't compute in my paradigm...

Hey Sheepdog
I had a BMW R69 US 1969 model cruised at 60mph all over the western US & Canada Passed many a Harley on the side of the road. Reliable & smooth for it,s time but what else was there to compare to. Paid $1200 in 1973 and sold it for $1200 in 1976 when I got the ultimate touring bike for the time, a 1977 Goldwing! ( no fairing, or bags) Times change and the bikes get better & faster & smoother, but one of the reasons I bought a T100 is to go back in time when bikes were light & simple and you could actually see the engine. Some of my best touring memories were on that old R69 :cool:

[ This message was edited by: RangerRick on 2006-11-29 20:23 ]
 

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Thats one hell of an engine - I want one!

I know my 5? hp Bonnie does just fine but then again you need something to blow your hair back on occasion!
 

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If you tilt your head and squint a little, the front cylinder bank looks kinda like Mr Crabbs from SpongeBob:

 

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On 2006-11-29 22:02, DrEnglish wrote:
If you tilt your head and squint a little, the front cylinder bank looks kinda like Mr Crabbs from SpongeBob:
I'm watching him right now... with my kid. Patchy is my favorite. Oh yeah, engine and manly stuff... Hopefully the bike won't be fugly!

[ This message was edited by: boboso on 2006-11-29 22:09 ]
 
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