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I was wondering when they would get around to this. glad to hear it might be coming. I bought a supercharged seadoo in 03.(1500cc 4 stroke) but it was too much of a gas hog and not that much faster than non s.c. version. but on a motorcycle I would think it would be a whole different ballgame. should be interesting if/when it happens. what do you think about it? -----
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I was wondering when they would get around to this. glad to hear it might be coming. I bought a supercharged seadoo in 03.(1500cc 4 stroke) but it was too much of a gas hog and not that much faster than non s.c. version. but on a motorcycle I would think it would be a whole different ballgame. should be interesting if/when it happens. what do you think about it? -----

If i were younger and still as crazy as i was. I would be all over it. But its seems the older i get, the closer death is. So i seem to slow things down now.

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I won't be in the queue for a supercharged 'bike either Joe!!

It's nothing new though, seems the 1st one was made in 1920........

Talking to the proprietor at a motor museum in France recently he showed me the engine of a motorbike which carried a compressor/supercharger. It was a one-off built and raced in 1920, with a reported speed of 240kph in a straight line. It was 4 cylinders, vertical in line, and seemed to be built into a low height chassis, or the rider was tall. The make was Ragot, as in Casimir Ragot Special, see other relevant thread, built by a Bordeaux based engineer, Monsieur Ragot, ten years before his racing car. Only the engine remains, less compressor, and I have photos of it now and a photo of a photo of the bike and rider in period.

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http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...turbo%2081.htm Yes, a turbo not a supercharger, but it's still interesting, & just proves that this kind of stuff usually dies a death...............
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If i were younger and still as crazy as i was. I would be all over it. But its seems the older i get, the closer death is. So i seem to slow things down now.
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If i were younger and still as crazy as i was. I would be all over it. But its seems the older i get, the closer death is. So i seem to slow things down now.
I got to ride the Yamaha supercharged 1800cc jetski. and it was way faster than my seadoo. the guy that owned it said he could burn 20 gal. of gas in less than 2 hours if he pushed it hard. right now I have a Honda jetski and I can just about go all summer on one tank of gas. its nothing short of amazing how good it is on gas. its the non turbo 2 seater.
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Oh no, no, no. Not for me either. It would most likely be my free pass to an ICU or the cemetery. Not part of my grand plan, such as it is.

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Seems that could make for a really powerful, and light, bike without having to up the ante to the 1400 cc mark. I can't say I'd be in the market for one though. While I like the V's power, I just recently got to the point where I'm looking for horsies while trying to pass somebody at around 60. I'm thinking the Ninja 1000 will be plenty for me. No Versys 1k here in Tejas
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Maybe supercharge a 400? Give me a small frame, light bike, with power of a 750! I'm in. The 1,000 cc and up bikes are already "too much" for this 50+ year old guy.
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Force induction will raise the air temp going to the block, so intercoolers are needed which will add to weight. Pistons will also need to be of the low compression type unless the charged pressure is low.

I remembered a Kawasaki 750 turbo in the '70s. Didn't last though
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I would totally agree with weljo2001, I would do the same. But I guess as we go older our priority is safety and comfort.
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Force induction will raise the air temp going to the block, so intercoolers are needed which will add to weight. Pistons will also need to be of the low compression type unless the charged pressure is low.

I remembered a Kawasaki 750 turbo in the '70s. Didn't last though
Honda had the CX650 Turbo, Suzuki had the XN85 and Yamaha had the Seca 650 Turbo as well. Obviously they ALL thought there might be something there, and gave it a go, but to no avail. The only semi modern Supercharged bike I can think of off the top of my head is the Ducati Supermono.
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