Gold Wing radiators, et. al. May 18, 2020 22:44:33 GMT -5
Post by charles on May 18, 2020 22:44:33 GMT -5
"That's what we like about you, Charlie, yer always thinkin'...<snicker>..."
This week's Bright Idea!!!:
I've always looked at the Mikuni/Solex Carb as the Weak Link in the RE-5 (Along with No-Shaft-Drive and etc...Where WAS that Thread on the GS-850 gearbox 'n Drive Shaft?)
"Wouldn't it be just Swell if we had an alternative?"
In talking with many through the years, I've been amazed at the number of people who have thought that the Rotary Engine was Mysterious, as if looking into the Intake Port would cause a 1950s Hot Rodder to exclaim, "There be Dragons!!!"
People who would talk for hours about their old Rods that had Edelbrock Manifolds, Iskendarian Cams, Four Barrels, Mechanical Lifters and so on. They would look at the RE-5 and exclaim, "Shurrr is weird..."
It's a Non-Reciprocating Four Stroke Engine, OK? Same Rules apply.
I appreciate the work that NSU did in packaging the engine and Licensing it, especially the KKM-502. I appreciate the work that the good People at Solex did in designing a Carb. But...Isn't there something else we could do?
So, I'm talking to a friend who just bought his Dream Motorcycle, a 1990 Honda Gold Wing, all 850+ pounds of it. He got it home and rode it S-L-O-W-L-Y around the block (He's 70+. It's HIS dream, not mine...). It was idling for a few minutes when Kaflooey!, all of the Coolant blows onto the driveway. Secretariat never had it so good.
So I looked on EBay for GW radiators - www.ebay.com/b/Motorcycle-Radiators-for-Honda-Goldwing-1500/177983/bn_21592662 .
WOW! They're split radiators!! Of course!
If we used split radiators we could run the Intake Pipe between the radiators - a bend or curve wouldn't be as radical as what we have now - and mebbe even glue a Briggs and Stratton carb on the end of the pipe and our Motor would still prolly breathe better than what we have now. With no Mid-Range hesitation!
'N mebbe even use Injectors where the 18 mm part of the old carb fed into those two holes and...
"That's what we like about you, Charlie...<Snicker>"