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Vanguard Engine Reviews

The vanguard engine is a very popular type of motorcycle engine. They have been around since the late 60’s and they have been used in many different types of motorcycles from dirt bikes to sportbikes. Many manufacturers use them, but there are some brands that don’t like using them because it takes away from their image.

There are two main types of vanguard engines:

1) V-Twin 2) Single cylinder 4-stroke (also called “Diesel”)

Both types have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at each one individually.

V-Twin Vs Twin

A V-twin engine uses two cylinders, which means that there are actually four pistons inside the cylinders instead of just three. A single cylinder engine uses only one piston, so there are just two pistons inside the cylinders. The advantage of a twin-cylinder engine is that it produces more power than a single-cylinder engine. However, twin-cubed engines tend to produce less torque than a single- or double-cylinder engine. This means that they need more throttle to get going and will usually run out of gas sooner if not ridden slowly.

This is a common problem with cruiser bikes, and this is the main reason why cruiser bikes have such a bad reputation for gas mileage.

Many vanguard engines are actually V-4 or V-6 engines (two or three twin-cylinder engines bolted together). Just like a single cylinder engine, a twin-cylinder engine produces less torque than a multi-cylinder engine. For this reason, almost all vanguard engines that are used in cruiser bikes are in fact V-4 or V-6 engines.

Diesel Vs Regular

A diesel engine is like a regular petrol engine, except that it uses diesel fuel instead of gasoline. It is generally more efficient and can often produce more torque than a similar sized gasoline engine. The downside is that diesels leak black goo everywhere and are usually very noisy. They are also more expensive to manufacture and maintain.

Many European manufacturers have started to introduce diesel vanguard engines that can be used in ordinary cars. Normally, diesel is used in big trucks and engineering machinery, not cars. Diesels are more expensive than gas engines to manufacture and maintain, but the savings on fuel costs make up for it, so diesels are popular with businesses that spend a lot of money on fuel in a short period of time.

Vanguard engines that are made specifically for diesel fuel are usually V-6 or V-8 engines. In the United States, diesel fuel costs less than gasoline, so there is very little demand for vanguard diesel engines for motorcycles. There is some demand in other countries such as Australia where gas prices are very high. Naturally, the engines themselves are more expensive, but fuel savings usually make up for it.

Don’t Let The Name Fool You

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A “vanguard” engine is just an engine that has a certain type of technology for internal combustion. The term is often confused with the word ” prototype .” A prototype engine is an experimental engine that has not been put into mass production. The term, “vanguard” is often used in the motorcycle industry to refer to a new engine that will be introduced in the next few years. Vanguard engines are expected to have new and improved technology compared to the current generation of engines.

There is no set time period for how long an engine should be considered a “vanguard engine.” The street triple R that was introduced in 2011 could still be considered a vanguard engine even though the street triple R was originally introduced in 2007.

Engine Types and Categories

There are two main types of engines used in motorcycles today: parallel and opposed.

Parallel engines are engines that have two or more cylinders in a row. The vast majority of parallel engines today are four-stroke engines. Most cruisers, standard and sports bikes use parallel engines.

There are many different types of parallel engines, but they can be categorized in to a few basic types: single, double, triple, inline-four, V4, V6, etc.

As the name suggests, single cylinder engines have one cylinder. They are used in a wide range of bikes, especially small, cheap, commuter bikes.

As the number of cylinders increase, so does the size of the engine. This allows for more power to be produced. This is an important factor for heavier bikes and cruisers.

V-Twin Engines

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A “V-twin” has two parallel cylinders and a 180 degree crankshaft. This type of engine is found on most cruisers. V-twin engines usually produce a nice ‘rumble’ which some people enjoy and others dislike.

Inline Engines

An “inline” engine has two or more cylinders in a row and a 360 degree crankshaft. The vast majority of inline engines are four-stroke engines, although some two-stroke inline engines do exist (Mostly Chinese scooter engines).

There are many different types of inline engines. The most common types are: inline-four, straight-three and V6.

Inline-four engines have four cylinders in a row and a 360 degree crankshaft. These are the most common type of engine used in cars, but they are also popular for use in motorcycles. Inline-four engines produce a lot of power, so they are favored by sports bikes and superbikes.

An “inline-three” has three cylinders in a row and a 180 degree crankshaft. These engines are quite rare. A few motorcycles, such as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-3R and Suzuki GS500, use this layout.

V6 engines have six cylinders and two banks of three cylinders that are placed at a 60 degree angle to each other. These engines are a compromise between the inline-four and V8 engines. They offer more power than the smaller inline-four engine and are not as wide as the V8 engine. The first production motorcycle to use a V6 engine was the Honda Goldwing in 1979.

V-fours, V-fives, etc. all work on the same principle. The number of cylinders and cylinder arrangement is identical to their respective numbered counterparts (except for the inline-three).

Opposed engines have two banks of cylinders placed in line with each other at a 90 degree angle. Most opposed engines are two-stroke engines, but there have been some four-stroke opposed engines. The main advantage of opposed engines is their compact size. They can be made much shorter than other types of engines with the same number of cylinders. This makes them quite popular for use in mini bikes and dirtbikes.


Motorcycle tyres are classified using a system called the ‘Metric System’. The Metric system is used throughout the world for all sorts of things, not just motorcycle tyres. The system is based on multiples of 10. There is no such thing as a half size in metric. Everything is based around multiples of 10.

A size “100/90-16” means the tyre has a width of 100, length of 90 and a wheel diameter of 16.

Motorcycle tyres sizes are described using several different measurements:

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The width of the tyre is probably one of the most important measurements of your tyres. Make sure that your bike can handle the weight of your vehicle when loaded with luggage and/or a pillion rider. Tyres with a width over 280mm will not fit inside most standard motorcycle wheel rims. Tyres with a width under 250mm will experience an increase in rolling resistance and may create instability on large bikes.

Tread pattern of the tyre is also important. When buying your tyre, ask the sales assistant to show you how the tyres perform on wet surfaces and also on the side walks. You want a tyre that reduces the chances of aquaplaning and slips on wet surfaces. Tread pattern is also important when buying a tyre for off-road use. Make sure the tyre has enough gaps in the tread for mud to pass through, but not too many as to cause the tyre to wear out quickly on the road.

The load index indicates how much weight your tyre can carry. The number indicates how much weight your tyre can carry. Check the load index and tyre width before purchasing your tyre to make sure you are buying a tyre that will not overload your rim or cause it to fail.

The speed rating indicates the maximum speed that the tyre can sustain for extended periods of time. This is directly related to the Load Index. If you purchase a tyre with a high load index but a low speed rating, you could overload the tyre and cause an accident.

Puncture resistance is an indication of how well a tyre holds up when driven over nails, glass and other sharp objects that may be found in the road. A good tyre will help prevent accidents due to punctures.

Traction is an indication of how well the tyre grips wet or dry surfaces. Traction is also affected by the tread pattern, load and speed index. A tyre with good traction helps prevent accidents due to tyre slip on wet or dry roads.

Temperature is an indication of how much heat is built up by the tyre. A tyre with a low temperature rating will build up less heat when driving at high speeds. The low temperature rating also means the tyre won’t be as soft and will provide better handling, especially on wet roads or on roads covered with snow. These tyres are also known as ‘performance’ tyres.

Of course these markings are just guidelines, not absolutes. The best thing to do is to check the load rating with your owners manual or dealer to make sure you are not exceeding the maximum weight capacity.

Tyre Sizes

Tyre sizes aren’t exactly like clothing sizes where ‘one size fits all’. Oh sure, we’ve all bought a pair of shoes in a store, which listed their US size as 9, which actually measured just a smidge under 8 and three-quarters.

Tyre sizes are not that inaccurate. There are three different ways that tyre manufacturers measure the size of their tyres, and they don’t necessarily use the same methods. So, a tyre that is labelled as a ‘100/90-19’, could actually be anywhere from 99mm to 102mm in width when mounted and inflated.

The first way is the European method which lists the tyre’s section width. In this case, the tyre would be 100mm. The ‘section width’ is the distance across the tyre’s wall from one plies to the other.

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The second way is the American system which lists the diameter of the wheel that the tyre will fit onto. In this case, the tyre would be 19 inches in diameter. This system is obviously no longer used in Europe or anywhere else for that matter, but it is still used in Australia.

The third way is the modern, and preferred way of measuring a tyre’s size. In this case, the tyre is listed as 100/90×19. This lists the width of the tyre’s tread in mm, the height of the sidewall from the edge of the tread to the top of the sidewall, again in mm, and finally the wheel diameter that the tyre will fit onto in inches. In this case, all three numbers are identical so there is no confusion.

So why do manufacturers still use the ‘old’ ways of measuring tyre sizes?

In Europe, most medium to higher end tyres are still made using the European method, so it is still used, but is slowly going out of style. The American method is still used primarily on ‘low end’ tyres that are mass produced in factories that aren’t exactly…well…the best these days. Since most of these factories are in…you guessed it…the US, that’s why they still use the American system. As for the new way of measuring tyres, it is used primarily by manufacturers in Japan and Korea who’ve always used it.

Basically, when you buy your new tyres, you’re probably getting the better quality Japanese/Korean manufactured tyres rather than the mass produced rubbish that the Americans and Europeans seem to favour. That means you’re getting higher quality in the long run.

Tyre Sizes (mm) 100 100 100 Section Width (mm) 190 190 190 Overall Diameter (mm) 279 279 279 Weight 2.75 2.71 2.67 Speed Rating T T T Load Rating 969 878 797

Tyre Sizes (in) 20.8 20.8 20.8 Section Width (in) 7.3 7.3 7.3 Overall Diameter (in) 23.6 23.6 23.6 Weight 0.91 0.88 0.85 Speed Rating T T T Load Rating 392 353 319

Tyre Sizes (mm) 100 90 190 Section Width (mm) 190 130 380 Overall Diameter (mm) 279 210 569 Weight 2.71 1.81 6.64 Speed Rating – TT Load Rating 997 441 1764

Tyre Sizes (inch) 25.1 25.1 51 Section Width (inch) 7.9 7.9 20.8 Overall Diameter (inch) 27.6 27.6 54.9 Weight 0.85 0.71 2.67 Speed Rating TTT Load Rating 956 439 2822

T: Tubeless tyre (Run at higher pressures to minimise the chances of a pinch flat)

TT: Tube type tyre (In the event of a puncture, you can simply replace the inner tube)

-: No recommendations can be made regarding this tyre

Tire types and grades are just as important as the size.

Tubeless tyres can offer a slight weight advantage and slightly higher speeds (10km/h) but require special rims (which cost more) and need to be run at higher pressures (which is not ideal for the narrower tyres). Tubeless tyres are generally used for professional racers and those who push their bikes to the limit as a safety precaution. The rest of us don’t need the extra expense or hassle, so we won’t consider tubeless tyres further in this guide.

In keeping with our desire to have the lightest bike possible, we’ll only look at grade A tyres. For our purposes, this means the cheapest tyres that still meet all of our speed and load requirements.

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Tire Size Grades 50-140 80 100 110 120 130 140 Section Width (mm) 150 180 200 210 240 250 280 Overall Diameter (mm) 300 330 360 390 440 470 520 Weight 1.63 1.88 2.00 2.13 2.50 2.67 3.00 Speed Rating T T T TT TT TT TT Load Rating 842 1020 1133 1250 1417 1579 1900

Now we can see all the different tyre options that meet our requirements. The best deals are in bold.

Tire Size Grades 50-140 100 110 120 130 Section Width (mm) 190 200 210 230 Overall Diameter (mm) 470 500 530 570 Weight 2.67 2.88 3.00 3.25 Speed Rating – TT Load Rating 1020 1133 1250 1417

It looks like the wider tyre options are more or less on par with each other, so let’s see if we can find any deals on those.

Tire Size Grades 50-140 100 110 120 130 Section Width (mm) 190 200 210 230 Overall Diameter (mm) 470 500 530 570 Weight 2.67 2.88 3.00 3.25 Speed Rating – TT Load Rating 1020 1133 1250 1417

It looks like the Michelin Country Attacks are the best deal here, with a width of 200mm and only $60 each! Let’s add two of those to our cart.

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