- Patent designs leaked
- Features cylinder-deactivation
- In the early stages of development
Honda is working on a slightly new technology for its upcoming liter-class motor. Its patent designs have been leaked on the web and here’s what we know about it.
While the cylinder deactivation feature is being adopted by many manufacturers for their considerably bigger bikes, Honda seems to be tweaking the tech a tad bit. Honda’s latest patent shows that the V4 engine (in the drawing) can be partially switched off while idling, and operate at half its capacity even when under a certain degree of load.
The cylinder activation will depend on the riding speeds and throttle input. While this saves fuel combustion, the process includes oxygen pumping in the exhaust even with the cylinders off. This has a long-term effect of gas cleaning. But Honda plans to tackle this with the cylinder position, the angle between them, and an additional flap near it. The overall setup is still in its early stages of development and could be used on Honda’s upcoming bikes in the future.