I have one word for you, Plastics
[url= http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2009/10/28/plastic-engines-we-have-the-technology-is-anyone-interested/]The KneeSlider[/url] ran this piece about plastic engines; [i]Plastic Engines – We Have the Technology – Is Anyone Interested?[/i]. The KneeSlider article is based on a piece from the [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/automobiles/25PLASTIC.html?_r=1]NY Times[/url]. I clicked on the feed and expected to read about a new development. Instead it was a piece on the latest developments of a technology that is over twenty years old.
The Kneeslider could find no examples of motorcycle applications tested. I will take them at their word, I have only been able to out search them a couple of times over the years. With a clean slate to consider for motorcycle applications I started to wonder about several things.
What would Eric Buell have done with a plastic V-Rod engine?
What would sport bikes be like?
Vanzen’s excellent thread [url= http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=39894]chassis recipe, introduction[/url] made me pull out my old copy of Motorcycle Chassis Design by Tony Foale. What would the shift in cg by the weight change do to handling or chassis dynamics in general?
Would you buy a plastic engine motorcycle from a reputable manufacturer?