Photos: What Does the Most Advanced Motorcycle Engine Look Like?

10/14/2009 @ 9:12 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Photos: What Does the Most Advanced Motorcycle Engine Look Like? 2010 honda vfr1200f engine motor 1 560x373

The 2010 Honda VFR1200F is the most advanced motorcycle ever to come out of Honda’s factory, and is probably one of the most innovative motorcycles ever. A large portion of the technology that separates the VFR from the rest of the pack is the all new V4 power-plant that Honda engineers say is a trickle down product from their MotoGP racing efforts. Features and photos after the jump.

Some of the features that stand the VFR’s motor out from the rest are the following:

  • Unique cylinder layout with rear two cylinders located innermost on the crankshaft and front cylinders located outboard narrows the rider interface aboard the VFR1200F.
  • Throttle By Wire for next-generation throttle response.
  • Optional Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission with manual mode and automatic mode with two D/S modes and paddle-style shifters offers unparalleled freedom through innovative technology.
  • Light and compact 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° V4 pumps out amazing levels of power with a distinctive V4 feel and sound.
  • Symmetrically Coupled Phase-shift Crankshaft uses 28° crankpin offset to eliminate primary engine vibration.
  • Asymmetrical exhaust lengths between front and rear cylinders boost power production and enhance power feel.
  • Lightweight and compact Unicam® valvetrain allows for significantly smaller cylinder heads.
  • Honda slipper clutch in manual-shift model allows unencumbered sport riding.

When you think about it, any one of these technologies in the past would have been grounds to call a motorcycle a departure from its predecessor. Honda’s release of all these enhancements is certainly mind-blowing, but also is a testament to how neglected the VFR line was for the past 10-years.

Throttle-by-wire and slipper clutches have been around for some time, and enhancements to parts like the crankshaft and exhaust manifold are not uncommon. While we’re excited to see all of these technologies wrapped up in one package, it still begs the question why we didn’t see it earlier. Hopefully it won’t take another 10 years for Honda to update what is surely to become its flagship motorcycle.

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  6. rubyvrooom says:

    wow, no mention of the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR (a.k.a.D16RR)?

    when you throw around words like “What Does the Most Advanced Motorcycle Engine Look Like?” you better damn well get it right.

    the D16RR is by far the most advanced and easily the closet thing to a true motoGP engine ever mass produced. don’t believe me?

    technical details here:
    part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d9r11oEcAQ
    part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcZJiVVMTT8

  7. Jenny Gun says:

    Ruby,

    I guess advanced is a relative term. If advanced for you means purely the most horsepower, then yes…the DR16 is probably the most advanced motorcycle engine. For us, its a term that integrates more than a single dimension of performance.

  8. rubyvrooom says:

    forgive my tone, but i could not disagree more. i have ridden a D16RR and it is a Jekle and Hide. the V4 engine is completely civilized below 10,ooo RPM, reliable and except for the heat of a 100 suns, you could even ride it in traffic. above 10,000 RPM is motoGP insanity as anyone who’s opened the taps will testify to.

    this reliable Ducati V4 is available today, has a three-year warranty on it and it uses the most advanced designs, proven reliability in F1 racing, is made of the rarest metals, using the most advanced f1 production techniques in the world.

    please tell me your not pinning your claim “most advanced” to an automatic transmission or fly by wire.

    these are the facts, they are undisputed and completely documented (unlink the honda’s design). Ducati’s Desmosedici is the most advanced *motorcycle* in the world. full stop.