• Honda is spewing a supercharged machine for the future

  • Kawasaki Ninja H2 mill

Files patent for the supercharged engine designs

One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is in full gear and firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. The most recent being the development of hydrogen fuel based engines and self-balancing motorcycles.

Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by developing a supercharged V-Twin motorcycle. As seen on a MoreBikes post, “Honda is planning a new, supercharged motorcycle that will have the power-boosting unit mounted on the left-hand side of the engine. And the new kit will power a host of new motorcycles over the next few years.”

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BMW had given the world’s first supercharged motorcycle in the 1930s’ that was christened as the BMW Type 255 Kompressor, and it had a Zoller sliding vane supercharger bolted to the front of the DOHC boxer twin power mill.

But then it did not have any takers after that. Manufactures started developing more of an everyday engine for the everyday people. It had to cut emissions and give more miles to the gallon. Until, 70 years later, the Peugeot JetForce scooter was launched that carried a 250cc supercharged engine which did not kick up much dust either.

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Many turbocharged motorcycles came in between, but nothing set the world running crazy as much as the feisty Kawasaki Ninja H2R. This Ninja is like nothing else. It’s rhetorical in its own way, and that is the heart of the matter. People would go crazy over this bike even if it didn’t look stunning and ugly at the same time because it’s the first thing to roll out of a major factory with forced induction since a few ill-fated turbo experiments back in the 1980s.

By the looks of it, the ninja is getting a serious contender from its next-door neighbor, the Japanese Red Honda. New patent designs have revealed Honda developing a whole new breed of motorcycle that will carry a forced induction unit mounted onto their engine’s side. This idea will probably be implemented on various segments of motorcycles ranging from 250cc to a liter plus power mill. It is being developed for both track and street hooning.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 mill

As a matter of fact, this isn’t Honda’s first merry-go-round with filing patents on a supercharger setup for a motorcycle, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But I like to believe that these patents filed do really turn out into a full production model coming out of the factory gates.

We will have to wait at least till the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show to get a glimpse or a hint of this newfound innovation.

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read full bio
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