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Old 07-20-2010, 04:49 AM   #1
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Post Top 10 Best Motorcycle Engines
What are your top 10 motorcycle engines?

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Old 07-20-2010, 06:39 AM   #2
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How about a list of the most beautiful engines? I can start a list:

Vincent Black Shadow (55-degree twin)

Crocker (twin)

Brough Superior 1000 (twin)

Triumph Speed Twin

Cyclone Board Track Racer (twin)

BSA Gold Star (single)

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:17 AM   #3
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I didn't see the Kawasaki GPz motor on there... It was so bulletproof, they based the bottom end on the 1st liquid cooled Ninja motor from modified GPz crankcase halfs. Then again, I may be partial
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:24 AM   #4
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How about a list of the most beautiful engines? I can start a list:

Vincent Black Shadow (55-degree twin)

Crocker (twin)

Brough Superior 1000 (twin)

Triumph Speed Twin

Cyclone Board Track Racer (twin)

BSA Gold Star (single)
Or any of the Bevel drive Ducs. I'm partial to my 77 900ss.

I was surprised the mighty TZ750 didn't make the list...

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:29 AM   #5
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:31 AM   #6
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Interesting!

Not one BMW engine. The one brand that has commonly gone 400,000 miles? Yet lesser quality engines were listed? Then the Honda 1520/1800 Goldwing/Valkyrie motors which are without a doubt the smoothest engines in motorcycles ever. Plus these can make 200,000 miles without to much effort. In the list of "best" none that I can believe would make those mileages.

How are these rated? Owner satisfaction?

To me "best " means quality, alone.

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:46 AM   #7
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7. HONDA NSR500
  • Year: 1992
  • Horsepower: 168bhp @ 13,000rpm
  • Torque: 78ft.lb @ 11,450rpm
  • Layout: 498cc, two-stroke, 60-degree V-four
Honda’s NSR was the most successful of the 500cc two-stroke Grand Prix missiles, and frequently the most scary too. That was mainly due to its V4 engine, which was generally the most powerful on the grid - and sometimes so vicious that the world’s best riders couldn’t control it...

...By the time Rossi took the final 500cc crown in 2001, the NSR had won 130 GPs and ten world championships in 18 years. It was the most dominant two-stroke Grand Prix engine ever created, made the MotoGP bikes that replaced it seem utterly bland in comparison, and scarred a lot of brave men in the process. To this day, the NSR500 engine is the maddest thing ever made...

This things sounds like pure evil.

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:52 AM   #8
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How did anything made by harley, prior to the v-rod make this list?

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:20 AM   #9
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i knew my motor would be in there. its just an amazing powerplant.

GSXR1100----well its really a 1200 but its the same motor.

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:32 AM   #10
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Interesting!

Not one BMW engine. The one brand that has commonly gone 400,000 miles? Yet lesser quality engines were listed? Then the Honda 1520/1800 Goldwing/Valkyrie motors which are without a doubt the smoothest engines in motorcycles ever. Plus these can make 200,000 miles without to much effort. In the list of "best" none that I can believe would make those mileages.

How are these rated? Owner satisfaction?

To me "best " means quality, alone.
infuential motors it seams like.

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:43 AM   #11
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"best" obviously doesn't mean best performers, or best racing results, or anything like that. This top 10 list is like listing the best colors of marshmellows in a box of Lucky Charms-completely subjective at best.

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:45 AM   #12
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I didn't see the Kawasaki GPz motor on there... It was so bulletproof, they based the bottom end on the 1st liquid cooled Ninja motor from modified GPz crankcase halfs. Then again, I may be partial
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The 550's and 750's are bulletproof. The 900's... not so much. Bottom end, maybe, but their top ends were junk. There are a few anomalies... a buddy of mine has an 85 ZX900 with 90k on the odo and still running. I don't understand it. I never had such luck with mine...

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:45 AM   #13
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I've owned no. 10 (Kawi 500 triple) and no. 3 (YZF-R1) and would have to agree on all points that they make. Incredible engines.

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:00 AM   #14
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This is clearly the best motorcycle engine ever made. All of our fun follows from this 1885 example by Daimler and Maybach.

Motorcycle Talk

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:03 AM   #15
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The Ninja250's engine has to be on there. not joking

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:12 AM   #16
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:10 PM   #17
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'influential' powerplants seems right

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Old 07-20-2010, 03:46 PM   #18
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'influential' powerplants seems right
True!

In stock form all GSX-R1000 & BUSa engines will annihilate the GSX-R1100, yet they would probably not exist if it weren't for the old oil cooled 1100's.

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Old 07-20-2010, 03:57 PM   #19
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I've owned 2 of the bikes on that list. LOL. But the one I hadn't owned that is mentioned in there is the FZ750... and that was what I always wanted. Still do actually.

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Old 07-20-2010, 04:02 PM   #20
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i knew my motor would be in there. its just an amazing powerplant.

GSXR1100----well its really a 1200 but its the same motor.
Just a 1mm overbore on the Bandit IIRC. Amazing how much they sleepified that engine for the B12, a cam swap and freed-up intake (w/ appropriate re-jetting) gives a huge increase in power.

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