More than power makes the V45 engine better than other street engines.
The objective: a new street bike engine with improved performance.
The bottom line to the V45 is easy to understand: the best power characteristics in the 750 class. But more than power distinguishes the V45 engine from its competition. Because the V45 engine is a breakthrough in motorcycle engine design as well as in performance.
The vee configuration makes the V45 extraordinarily narrow-just 16.3 inches from sidecover to
sidecover. So it can be mounted low in the Magna and Sabre for more responsive handling and still provide outstanding
cornering clearance. It also permits a low seat height as well.
Thermostatically controlled liquid-cooling narrows the range of the V45's operating
temperatures. And uniform engine temperatures contribute to outstanding long-term reliability. Even so, the liquid-cooled
V45 is lighter than a comparable air-cooled four-cylinder engine.
There are many things that make the V45 engine the strongest in its class. A 90-degree vee
configuration for smooth running, a low center of gravity and outstanding cornering clearance. A four-cylinder layout with a
four-valve cylinder head for increased power. Transistorized ignition, automatic cam-chain tensioners and screw-type valve
adjusters for easy maintenance. A hydraulically actuated clutch and simplified powertrain to transmit the engine's power to
the rear wheel efficiently