The motorcycle industry is laughing out loud

 Small engines sweep the new cars.  The motorcycle industry is laughing out loud

This is the term that was used a few years ago to refer to the practice of the downsizing and displacement of machines is increasing to make lighter and less polluting blocks. Long gone are the days when 2.0 diesel engines were the norm, and when a 1,000cc block was reserved only for small city vehicles. omnipotent.

There is one industry that seems to be laughing in the distance: the motorcycle industry. At a time when reducing displacement to reduce emissions is the norm, the motorcycle industry is following a completely opposite path: creating beasts with bigger and more powerful engines.

It is enough to look at the configurator of any Spanish gasoline vehicle to understand what has happened over the years. If you want one of the most popular cars in Spain, like the Seat Arona, the biggest engine is the 1.5 EcoTSI. The rest of the engines have only one liter displacement.

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Pure Tech from Peugeot is the 1.2 liter, KIA bets on the 1.0 three-cylinder engine (and the occasional 1.6 MHEV), and even companies like Mercedes do not leave a 2.0 in the case of A -Class (curious about new sports engine concepts, such as the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC with 2.0 306 HP). If we want a utility vehicle or the most ambitious sports car (ignoring supercars and other stridencies), the tone is clear: the engines must be smaller and smaller.

From across the sidewalk, the motorcycle industry watched, shaking their heads. Increase displacement and create more powerful vehicles This is starting to become routine. If we look at the most popular high displacement, far from reducing the size of the engine, we will go further. BMW has renewed its main family, the GS, with the models 1,300 and 900. They are the successors of the R1250GS (previously 1,200) and the F850GS (previously 800).

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KTM presents the Duke 1390, a motorcycle with almost 1,400cc that comes to replace the 1,290. In the lower parts the tone is the same. Honda revives its legendary 600cc Hornet: now a bare 750cc which shares an engine with the new Transalp. These are just a few examples of how the practice is completely opposite to what we see in the automotive world. So much so, that it can be common to find motorcycles with engines larger than a car.

The safe behavior for these practices? The label C. Whether you have a 125cc or 1300cc motorcycle, the label is the same. Something that is completely absurd, but that will not be resolved until the first hybridized motorcycles start to arrive. To the delight of most bikers, as long as the C label is still alive, manufacturers continue to have carte blanche to continue pushing engine blocks to any of their limit ranges.

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