Single cylinder thumper motorcyclesof the article makes me sad (a move away from v-twins) and part makes me happy (more thumpers! motorcycles have their simple pleasures as well — engine configurations that are fun, inexpensive and light.
Mac Motorcycles - Rediscover the Joy of owning a Motorcycletwo of the best — and most enduring — are the four-stroke single (also known as the thumper), which was the sort of mill gottleib daimler had in his 1885 reitwagen and the parallel twin, made famous by edward turner’s triumph twins and the workhorse of the japanese motorcycle industry in the ’60s and ’70s. if the japanese companies would build a lightweight sport oriented 650cc thumper, i would have to sell my fz1.
Here's 5 stylish thumpers built for clipping mirrors in town and apexes on. the new cylinder was still far below what he was looking for so he raised the displacement to a full 2 liters.
my 250 thumper was my first bike, and i still love the sound of the thing…. the single’s advantages are low weight (of course) and a user-friendly power delivery that is hard to describe but familiar to anybody who’s ridden a thumper.