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MT-01 - fossil or futuristic?

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  1. nozilljname
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    I love the look of it, and I'm thinking seriously about buying a new MT-01, but I am concerned about what I perceive to be a real lack of new technology in the powerplant.... being a simple, big-bore, air-cooled, pushrod V-Twin? With so many engine technological advances in todays market by all manufacturers, why would I want to buy such a motorcycle?

    Is it perfect?

    Or is it a dinosour?

    What say you?

  2. MigejCojode
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    Anybody who says it's a fossil firmly has their head planted up their rectum. Fuel injected, with variable exhaust (EXup), inverted forks and a transmission that was stood on it's side to maintain the perfect geometry /linear flow. A guy could go on for hours. This isn't a speed bike (tops out at 200 kph/120mph) it's a torque monster. It's a vtwin for a reason, it produces raw power and torque at low rpm. Sure an over square 4 cylinder produces smoother power but you have to be screaming to do it.

  3. nozilljname
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    Anybody who says it's a fossil firmly has their head planted up their rectum. Fuel injected, with variable exhaust (EXup), inverted forks and a transmission that was stood on it's side to maintain the perfect geometry /linear flow....
    Yes, it has all those things, but my post talks specifically about the motor. Everyone except Harley have moved away from the "old, traditional" air-cooled, push-rod style V-Twin.... and rumour has it that even HD are eventually going to watercooled jugs for all big twins (hence the death of the traditional air-cooled pushrod motor.... That was more what I was getting at.

    When you are ready to buy a new bike, you want to get as much technology for your money as possible don't you? I made the mistake of buying a new 2008 Kaw mean streak this year, which is a great bike but severely lacking in power..... I then discovered the 1600cc mill was relatively unchanged in design since its inception in 2002 as a 1500cc... and even that motor was taken to a degree from the original VN1500 which originated in the 90's if I'm not mistaken?

  4. MigejCojode
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    I don't buy into the techno thing. Pushrod reciprocatiing engines have been around for 100 years. Although their tech really hasn't changed we have been getting more power out of them consistently. If you are really interested in tech and power why are you even looking at a reciprocating piston engine.

    You won't be wanting for power. Ride one and don't worry about the chalkboard riders. They make power on a board but couldn't ride a set of twisties to save their lives.

    Oh and as for HD dropping the air cooled pushrod engine I don't see it happening. They have a strong performer in the v-rod but you won't get die hard Bikers (yes big B) to put anything with a rad between their legs. They get ugly enough when a new engine model comes out.

    Take an MT-01 for a ride, if it calls out to you buy it. don't let others decide your ride.

  5. chaser38
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    Yes, it has all those things, but my post talks specifically about the motor. Everyone except Harley have moved away from the "old, traditional" air-cooled, push-rod style V-Twin.... and rumour has it that even HD are eventually going to watercooled jugs for all big twins (hence the death of the traditional air-cooled pushrod motor.... That was more what I was getting at. When you are ready to buy a new bike, you want to get as much technology for your money as possible don't you? I made the mistake of buying a new 2008 Kaw mean streak this year, which is a great bike but severely lacking in power..... I then discovered the 1600cc mill was relatively unchanged in design since its inception in 2002 as a 1500cc... and even that motor was taken to a degree from the original VN1500 which originated in the 90's if I'm not mistaken?
    No-Name- sorry to interupt, but if you could please give me your opinion on my Close Call thread, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    Now back to the regularly scheduled thread...thanks again.

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