A recent patent design has revealed Suzuki’s turbocharger technology that the company plans to use for it’s Recursion Concept turbocharged motorcycle. Revealed for the first time at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Recursion Concept uses a 588 cc parallel-twin engine coupled with a turbocharger and Intercooler to produce power that is similar to a 1,000 cc motorcycle.
While the patent drawing doesn’t indicate that the Recursion Concept motorcycle is heading to production, but rather that it is a step forward in the development of such a motorcycle towards reality. The patent includes some alternative designs too, that might indicate that Suzuki might approach the Recursion in a few different design angles.
Unlike the Kawasaki H2 and H2R, where the supercharger is placed behind the engine cylinders, the Suzuki concept puts the turbocharger in front of the cylinders, right below the radiator. The turbo is further connected to the intercooler which is located under the seat.
The patent drawings reveal different intercooler designs that can be implemented. The intercooler, shaped like a hollow rectangular box with a dividing wall runs across most of the length of the bike forcing air through a U-shaped path. Heat radiates from the bottom of the intercooler, exiting out towards the rear wheels.
In another design, there is an additional gap added in the intercooler for cooling. The design adds a cooling duct that draws air from between the headlights, that is further channeled through the gap in the intercooler to eventually flow out of the rear.
While the patent shows almost no plastics or bodywork around the engine bay area, which is reminiscent of the old Suzuki Katana motorcycle. With Suzuki recently re-filing a patent for the Katana name, it’s quite likely that the company might revive the brand name in this very form.