Just got to thinking about one of the most common problem with the in-line 4's, that being the unpleasant vibes that most produce in various parts of the rev range, as well as them being wide-ish. With MotoGP, almost all manufacturers are using a V-style format for purposes of better motor compactness, making for shorter & narrower bikes, and was thinking who would be the first manufacturer to break the current 1000cc in-line 4 malaise, and start offering the silky smooth, compact, tractable grunt of a 1000cc V4 in order to differentiate itself from the rest of the 1000cc class clones. Seems to me to be the natural progression of things as modern motorcycles continue to evolve towards the perfect embodiment of the sports machine. I mean, it's pretty clear that the racing depts of the various manufacturers are aware of the configurational benefit of the V4 (and V5) format, and at least to me it has the added user benefit of vibe-free operation and more tractable "growler"/big-bang style power delivery for more predictable and user-friendly traction, and weight and power can be saved by not using the counter-balancing shafts that get added to in-line 4's in an attempt to smooth out the vibe nasties. Heck, even the exhaust note would sound dramatically better (IMO). Anyone care to explain to me why this would be a bad idea and/or why we wouldn't want this sort of engine format in future 1000cc hyper-sport bikes?