Chinese language bike manufacturers have just lately been a controversial topic however there’s a transparent path relating to the standard and efficiency that they provide. By making a 1000cc V-4 superbike, CFMoto may make the identical leap into the mainstream that Honda achieved with the CB750 half a century in the past.
That seems to be a part of the corporate’s plan, because it’s filed a patent software for simply such an engine. CFMoto particularly mentions targets of 1000cc and 201 horsepower and explains why it’s choosing a V-4 format reasonably than a cheaper-to-make inline-four.
The patent itself revolves round some pretty mundane elements of the liquid-cooling system and the move of coolant across the engine, however the vital aspect is that it’s immediately related to each the V-4 format and to the excessive particular energy that CFMoto is intending to realize from a 1000cc capability.
The one picture of an entire bike included within the patent is a purely illustrative image of the machine offered within the US because the 300SS (supplied elsewhere because the 300SR and identical-looking 250SR). It’s used solely to verify that the brand new V-4 is meant for a motorbike and to label key elements just like the body, bodywork, engine, and transmission. Whereas the selection of a faired sportbike reasonably than a bare machine is perhaps a clue as to the model of motorcycle that the V-4 will find yourself in, the possibilities are that ought to the brand new engine attain manufacturing it’s going to seem in a wide range of bikes, each faired and unfaired.
Trying on the engine itself, there are a number of particulars that may be gathered from the drawings. First is that it’s not a standard 90-degree Vee. As an alternative, measuring the Vee-angle of the drawings reveals it to be round 78 levels, making for a extra compact total package deal however not one which’s as tight because the 65-degree Vee of Aprilia’s RSV4 engine. We don’t know if the drawings are to scale, in order that angle may very well be a number of levels off (72 levels could be a extra typical determine, as utilized by Norton’s V-4, or 75 levels as in older variations of Aprilia’s RS-GP racebikes).
May this be a race engine, maybe a clue to a MotoGP effort from CFMoto? It appears unlikely. For starters, the design seems to make use of chain-driven camshafts, the place gear drive could be the norm for a racing V-4, and secondly the patent particularly refers to the usage of a thermostat within the cooling system, which is one thing you wouldn’t seemingly discover in a MotoGP engine. The goal output of 201 hp from 1000cc additionally screams streetbike reasonably than racer.
A cutaway of the cylinder head reveals the usage of finger-followers reasonably than buckets and shims, consistent with the most recent superbike design tendencies, and naturally affirm that the valves are conventionally sprung, not utilizing a Ducati-style Desmo system or the kind of pneumatic closing that you just would possibly anticipate from a MotoGP engine.
Though CFMoto has an in depth relationship with KTM, there’s no indication that this engine is said to the Austrian agency’s long-canceled plans to make a V-4 streetbike. Not solely does the engine not resemble any of KTM’s race V-4s from both its short-lived try on the 990cc period with Kenny Roberts’ staff or the present RC16 mission, however the patent has been filed purely beneath CFMoto’s title, not the official title of the three way partnership that ties the 2 manufacturers collectively.
As ever with tales associated to patents, it’s value noting not each mission that reaches the stage of patenting an thought reaches manufacturing. We could by no means see any extra of this CFMoto mission than what’s proven in these drawings. Alternatively, nevertheless, this might grow to be the primary 200-plus-hp bike to emerge from a Chinese language model and open the door to a brand new period of inexpensive, high-performance bikes, offering precisely the kind of revolution out there that we noticed when the Japanese manufacturers blew away the established British and Italian sportbike makers of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies.