Bigger on Two Wheels, by Eric Peters

Automobile engines are getting smaller and smaller. From Eric Peters at

The 2021 BMW R18 – which is a motorcycle – has a bigger engine than many of the new cars I’ve been test driving this year.

Proportionately, it has one of the biggest engines available in anything you can still buy that rolls under power.

This roughly 900 pound bike has an 1800 cc air-cooled twin cylinder engine. Another type of engine you cannot find in anything on four wheels, that’s new. Those are two very big cylinders, with each of the two pistons pumping within them equivalent – in terms of individual displacement – to almost the total displacement of all four pistons within the becoming ubiquitous 2.0 liter (or 2,000 cc) inline (and water-cooled) four cylinder engine you’ll find under the hood of so many new cars – and even crossovers and SUVs.

All of which weigh a great deal more than 900 pounds.

Such disproportionately small engines in such large – and heavy – cars are as mismatched as ballet slippers for Mike Tyson. But they’re shoed into place, so to speak, by car companies forced to go to absurd lengths to comply with government regulations, especially those regarding gas mileage and the “emission” of the gas – carbon dioxide – that has become the justification for a kind of jihad against the internal combustion engine.

These regs do not yet – yet – apply to motorcycles. For the same reason that “mandates” regarding the Jabbing of employees only apply – for now – to businesses that employ 100 or more people.

Give it time.

In the meanwhile, we have an interesting juxtaposition – fundamentally similar to the juxtaposition that exists between the healthy Unjabbed and the unhealthy Jabbed, who continue to get sick even though they have taken what is marketed as the “cure.”

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