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Different engine confirgurations

Laryssa Black | Published onNovember 04 2015

I received a question that Id love to share!
Why are there different engine configurations?

*Single-Cylinder (thumper, single)
Suitable for our CBR300's ON/OFF roads and dirt bikes. 
These motors are light weight and economical, easy to repair and maintain

*Straight-Twin (parallel twin)
Used on our CBR500's, CTX700's NC750.
These motors are more responsive and cylinders are side by side about the crankshaft.

*V-Twin 
Used on our Shadow 750 VTX's VT1300's.
Uses 2 cylinders that form a "V" around the crankshaft
Less response time nut wrth it for the torque produced.
As technology keeps advancing the V-Twins are beginning to produce as much horsepower as our in line 4's

*In-Line Four Cylinder
CBR600RR, CBR1000RR, CBF models
High reving, Smooth power delivery and that "top end rush".

*V4 Engine
Our ST's, VFR, CTX1300
Four cylinder V-Twin. Considered a "middle ground" between the in-line 4's and v-twins.
$$$, higher production costs and used on high end sport touring models.

*Inline-Six (Straight six engine)
Not seen today in Canada for Honda. No huge advantage over any other model. A engine design made to impress and demonstrate the creative side of Honda engineering. A different, fresh look and conversational piece.

*Flat-four
Seen on our earlier Goldwing models. Four cylinder opposing pairs. Excellent balance, torque and low center of gravity.

*Flat-Six
Used on our GL1800's, Goldwing, F6B, and Valkyrie. The enhanced version of the Flat-four. More than enough torque, exceptionally smooth power delivery and that extra low center of gravity which we all love.

*Oval-piston V4
A what??? Yes Honda had an NR
This engine configuration was created in the 1980's, when the Grand Prix had rules in place that no motorcycle can exceed 4 cylinders. The idea of this was to utilize the four cylinder, but manufacture the cylinder and piston into an oval shape, creating the effect of an 8 cylinder V4. We haven't seen these in Honda's line up for quite some time.


Thanks for the question Mike!

There are many more engine configurations, I touched on the most common seen with Honda.

Check the link below for more in depth details on different engine configurations.

Laryssa Black

laryssa.black@brockvillehonda.com

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