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Crossplane intro into retail

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by neosporattis, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. With the introduction of the crossplane crankshaft into retail road bikes, the question does arise: does this mean that the classical crank setup will become obsolete? In 5 years, will we see every top superbike in possession of a crossplane crankshaft?

  2. no.. I'm pretty sure other bikes have had it in the past.. i.e. RC30 ...

    it is not a revolutionary technology
  3. This has been around for a long time. Relax
  4. Pretty much every 90° V2 and V4 engine has the same inertial torque characteristics, which is a large part of the secret to the Ducati's superior cornering traction.

    The only commonly produced engine format that is superior is the 120° inline triple format (in terms of inertial torque behavior). Would love to see one of the big Jap makers break convention and manufacture an 1100cc inline triple and get WSBK to allow 1100cc triples to enter (in between the 1000cc 4's and the 1200cc 2's).

    It'll never happen though. Triumph are about the only major company making triples now, and as excellent as they are as road/track bike, they simply don't have the racing budget to compete with the other factories on a level playing field on the international racetrack.