Top 10 Best Motorcycle Engines

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  1. beansbaxter

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    What are your top 10 motorcycle engines?
     
  2. juanitotheclumsy

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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)
     
  3. BobGPz

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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
    <------- :mrgreen:
     
  4. dragracer1951

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    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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  6. Gusgus

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    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.
     
  7. DGA

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    This things sounds like pure evil. :shock:
     
  8. fastfoodfred

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    How did anything made by harley, prior to the v-rod make this list?
     
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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.
     
  10. rpappi

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    infuential motors it seams like.
     
  11. fastfoodfred

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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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    I bathe with candles, flowers, jazz music, and rub

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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... :banghead:
     
  13. Transported

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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.
     
  14. juanitotheclumsy

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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.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Avboden

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    The Ninja250's engine has to be on there. not joking
     
  16. Blues Brothers

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    Define: 'Best'
     
  17. matt007

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    'influential' powerplants seems right
     
  18. FatMatt

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    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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    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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    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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