Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Kingston, WA, USA
Bigger motor? What for?
With all due respect - you guys who want a bigger motor oughta just go get a wing!
There are plenty of cars running around on no more ccs than the current K12. If our beloved lite truck is short on grunt, it's because it's such a porker, not because the motor's too small.
Just imagine this: you keep the same displacement, improve the motor through a grunch of techno-tweaking, to the point where it'll produce 165 hp or thereabouts. (Sounding familiar?) Now re-tune the engine management program to up the torque / reduce the peak hp a bit. Let's say 130 hp with BAGS of nice low end torque. Now strap that engine in a "light-tech" frame and running gear, say something based on the new K12S / K12R chassis, eh? So you're talking maybe 100+ lb lighter, and WAY lower CG due to the new engine/tranny design. Then give this beast the same ergos, farkles and wind protection as our lite trucks have today. Does this sound like a bike you WOULDN'T want to ride?? You've gotta be joking!
Personally - I can't wait for '08! I'll probably have a deposit down before the first press release hits the streets. I love Helga dearly, but I think her time in my garage is limited!
Rubber side down, gents!
'03 K12LT "Stealth Starship Helga II"
K 12 Light Trucker since 1999