Could the Japanese factory really be looking to push out a single-cylinder motorcycle that is similar in idea to the classic Ducati from 20 years ago? According to a couple of patent applications that have surfaced in the States on outlets Cycle World and Asphalt & Rubber, yep.
What we can see from the drawings is that the patents are for a SOHC motor with a single upright cylinder. Inside the engine is a second con-rod attached to a weighted rocker. It’s the same idea as was used on the Ducato Supermono (minus the Italian bike’s dummy cylinder).
Why do this now, especially as Suzuki previously filed a patent for an engine like this over two years ago? Well, the resulting motorcycle would most likely be small capacity and the well-balanced lump would mean that it could deliver many more revs than a conventional single.
The previous patent for a supermono was sited to sit in a motocross or enduro bike so there’s every chance that this could do the same – but what if it’s not? Would you fancy a high-revving, powerful single-cylinder roadster? Yes, we would too.