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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-20-2001, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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Why the V5?

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Why do you think that Honda chose to build a V5 for the MotoGP category instead of something else?
I'm sure there are many reasons for this choice, so everybody can have an opinion on this and I think it's a good subject for discussion

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-2001, 05:28 AM
 
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To reach a compromise between theoretical hp capabilities and the differences in the weight restrictions that will be applied based on cylider configurations. Plus it should have very tuneable power delivery.

There, no more opinions needed... I have spoken.
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I was just kidding... more opinions are needed.
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Your opinion is right on spot

I think there are other reasons also.
- Honda wants to win with a unique design, this is important to them.
-Honda is the No 1 in designing and producing 4 stroke engines and they probably used their powers to create the new 4 stroke MotoGP category in order to be able to show their suppremacy.
-Soichiro Honda always had to win with a 4 stroke, hence the NR and it's troubled history.
-Nobody has ever built a V5 bike (as far as I know), so it seemed a good option for them.
- It reminds me of the NS500 V3 that Freddie Spencer used to become 500 champion after the NR failed to produce the goods.
- The rules dictate 145 kg min weight for both 4 and 5 cylinder machines
- They chose to do it because nobody else can do something like that.
Yamaha just enlarged the R7 engine and installed it in a modified YZR frame .

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Why do you think that Honda chose to build a V5 for the MotoGP category instead of something else?

Because they can !!
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Hi Smeg,

Of course they can! They did it already. They could build a 5 cyl125 in the 60s that would rev up to 18000 rpm. Also a twin cyl 50 cc and a 6 cyl 250.
This should be easy for them.

The point is that nobody else can, only Honda!

Do you love your VFR more now?

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The point is that nobody else can, only Honda!

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Those things run exotic Titanium spark plugs that are like 20bucks each or something, so building a V6 would have been to expensive.

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my guess is the guys in charge drive old audi's and saab sonnet iii's. they argued a lot. and the saab guys used to getting their way (vf, vfr, rc30/45) settled on a 5 cylinder, but insisted on a 'v' design because they couldn't totally give up. of course the honda engineers probably took this project over after that since i think the saab guys were in charge of tady's rc51.

it's a theory. not a good one, but one nevertheless.

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Those things run exotic Titanium spark plugs that are like 20bucks each or something, so building a V6 would have been to expensive.

Hell I didn't even think of that.
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