Posts Tagged ‘supercharger’

Upshift – Honda Supercharging Africa Twin?

Honda has filed for patents, in Japan, for a supercharged engine.  From the diagrams it appears to be on an adventure motorcycle which would be the Africa Twin.

The mechanics of the supercharger set on top of the transmission directly behind the cylinders.  Air for the supercharger comes from a snorkel that opens next to the handlebars.

My take – While the diagrams are for an adventure motorcycle this kind of device would clearly benefit a lot of engines.  Look out Kawasaki, Honda is supercharging your way.

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Upshift – Indian launching a kids electric motorcycle.

The new eFTR is a kids size version of the dirt track FTR750.  Manufactured by Razor USA the motorbike is priced at $750.

The Indian eFTR motorcycle has two ride modes.  The “low” mode is for kids eight years or less old. While the “high” mode is recommended for riders 13 or older.

Ride time is 140 minutes in low and an hour for high mode. I did not see any comment on charging times.

My take – Awesome job Indian.  Anything that can get kids out of the house and on a motorcycle is a step in the right direction. The bike is rated for riders up to 175 pounds so that leaves me out, dang.

Well looks like the go green team is stepping up the game. Kawasaki has confirmed that a supercharged Ninja will be on the showroom floors sometime in the near future. Their press release states:

“With cutting-edge performance recognized as a core element of the Kawasaki worldwide DNA, the company will showcase yet another ground-breaking motorcycle at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Cologne starting on Sept 30th. A motorcycle “Built Beyond Belief”.

Drawing on skills and experience from experts within not just the company’s motorcycle division but across its aerospace, gas turbine and other high-technology contemporary manufacturing disciplines as well, Kawasaki is anticipating huge international interest in the project that has evocatively been christened Ninja H2. Harnessing the power of the Kawasaki manufacturing group “collective strength”, the H2 will represent a unified engineering and state of the art technology approach.

Capturing the spirit of the 750cc Mach IV H2 that, along with the 500cc three cylinder H1 and all-conquering 903cc Z1 Super Four, epitomized Kawasaki’s market defining performance image, the Ninja H2 project is set to add yet another name to the roll call of machines that embody Kawasaki’s performance and engineering expertise while changing the motorcycle landscape forever.”

The press release pretty much matches other recent statements from Kawasaki. What we really know beyond this press release is that there will be more teaser statements/videos until the cover is pulled off on the 30th of September.