Self proclaimed idiot....
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I'm curious to hear the opinion of this forum on a question that has been making me twitch for a while.
Over the past few years, I have seen in motocross a "politically correct" shift towards the 4-stroke platform. Nothing wrong with that if the torque is there, but if it is in the best interest of the rider, no harm, no foul, no top end.....
I have also seen the same change from inline four to twin in MotoGP.. There is no denying the sound of the difference. (And sometimes the performance..)
The same question should resound with the inline four and the street community.. The CBR, R1 , GSX platform for that matter is incredibly successful in it's current skin, but I really have to ask myself how long that will last in the current climate.
Do any of you see the inline four in a major product line three to five years from now?
I don't personally see the demise from a technological standpoint, but more of a "consumer shift" and a bunch of detrimental changes to what I know is a solid and proven platform. It would also be a shame to see the entire Honda sport bike line turn into a twin technology as I have spent many years learning to master the great Honda inline-four way back from the CB750.. Listening and learning to it's annoyance to my lack of aggression in shift points, and to my piss poor corner entry..
I've been watching this transform for a long time and I fear that the perfectly simple inline four is on it's way out.