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Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday bike

Looking for a big bike? And I mean BIG!
1430cc, turbo diesel twin producing 94 – 115 bhp (output varies in articles), and weighing 270kg, that's what I call big.
Seems to have been in development for a number of years, so who knows when you'll be able to buy one, or how much it will cost (lots!)
Engine has a strange twin conrod per piston/twin crankshaft setup, probably to combat vibration.
That's a big engine!

Neander 1400 TurboDiesel

Engine: Air/oil-cooled turbocharged parallel-twin diesel with twin 360-degree geared crankshafts, dual con-rods per cylinder
Valve arrangement: Apfelbeck eight-valve cylinder head with gear-driven double overhead camshafts, and radial valves with opposed inlet and exhaust tracts
Bore x stroke, displacement: 108 x 78.2 mm, 1430cc
Compression ratio: 16:1
Carburetion: Garrett turbocharger with intercooler, Bosch electronic direct fuel injection, single top injector, 31mm throttle body
Transmission: 6-speed Aprilia RSV1000R gearbox, multiplate dry clutch
Final drive: Belt
Weight: 595 lbs. dry
Rake/trail: 31 degrees / 109 mm
Wheelbase: 68.5 in.
Seat height:25.5 in.
Front suspension: 43mm Paioli inverted fork
Rear suspension: Single cantilever Ohlins damper
Wheels: Spun-aluminum, 18x3.5 front, 18x5.5 rear
Front brake: 2, 4-piston Performance Machine calipers, 11.8-in. discs
Rear brake: 4-piston Performance Machine caliper, 11.8-in. disc
Front tire: 130/60-18 Metzeler Marathon
Rear tire: 240/40-18 Metzeler Marathon
Claimed top speed: Over 140 mphClaimed power & torque (at crankshaft): 94 bhp @ 4200 rpm, 129 ft/lb @ 2600 rpm

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  1. When I see bikes this big one word comes to mind: "Why?"

    To each their own I guess. I'd much prefer small to mid sized.

    1. Some people seem to have a need to have something 'bigger'. 50 years ago, a 650cc Triumph Bonneville was a 'big bike'. Now I'm told that my 660cc Skorpion is 'too small for touring'!