No reason other than for the most part they are "undesireable" Japanese bikes or maybe too new (relatively speaking) for any serious experimenting. It seems to me that a liquid cooled motor would be superior to air cooled given the operating temperatures these motors see. Further opinions on this?Bluto said:Now you're talkin Hank !
After reading alot of articals in alot of rags , I have not really seen to many "hot-rodded" water cooled bikes . Do you think there is a reason for this ? ...
Foil hats and cardboard boxes. :wink:Bluto said:Serious it will be , this winter ! :applause:
I plan on taking the motor out of the frame , for a start .
I keep my scoot down in my basement in the winter , full workshop , tunes , beer , what else could a guy ask for ? :wink:
I thought it was due to the thinner cylinder wall of the water cooled engine. Boar one of those out and you might puncture the water jacket = Game Over.Bluto said:Now you're talkin Hank !
After reading alot of articals in alot of rags , I have not really seen to many "hot-rodded" water cooled bikes . Do you think there is a reason for this ?
dalan said:All good points, and the same ones I've used to defend the Volusia's brakes, too! But I don't think they have much in reserve, if you know what I mean. Make the bike too much heavier or too much faster, and your stopping ability is going to suffer.
Forget doing a stoppy; I think no matter what you had for brakes, you'd skid the front tire before lifting the rear wheel. The Volusia is just too darned long and low to ever do a stoppy (a Good Thing in my book)!
But I'm skeptical that the front brake is even capable of locking up the front tire on dry pavement. I've had hasty stops too where I've fully compressed the forks with the brake fully applied, and it didn't seem like it was anywhere near the limits of front tire adhesion. That tells me there is some stopping potential that we're missing out on. But in a way, this too is a Good Thing that makes the Volusia a really sweet, forgiving bike. The fairly weak front brake is not at all grabby, and you're not going to tuck the front and high-side in a panic stop.
So what do you like for a weekend sport bike? My two favorites are the 'zuki SV650S and the Honda Interceptor. Maybe some day...