Vento introduced their new 3 cylinder motorcycle and ATV engine yesterday. It's an interesting read. The press release sounds a lot like Erik Buell talking about his new V-Twin, bringing design in house and being involved in every aspect of development, read it yourself and see if you don't agree. Hmm ...
The other interesting aspect of this engine is that this is the one Vento was trying to find design ideas for when they looked for input from J.T. Nesbitt, formerly of Confederate Motorcycles.
Vento press release:
Vento Motorcycles, U.S.A., a manufacturer of distinctive motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and off-road bikes for motorcyclists and power sports enthusiasts around the world, today announced the first engine designed specifically for Vento’s products. The new three cylinder, 400 cc, 30 horsepower engine, the most powerful three-cylinder ATV engine ever built, is the first American-made engine to be designed and used by Vento.
Scheduled to be released in a variety of new 2008 Vento ATVs and middle-weight motorcycles, the new air/oil-cooled engine, which is designed for sport and recreation vehicles, was engineered for Vento by an Australian motorcycle engine company, styled by Vento’s U.S. design team, and will be assembled in the company’s Laredo, Texas, assembly plant. Vento’s new 30 hp engine is designed to be powerful enough to move riders of all sizes, but mild enough to provide control for beginning and recreational riders.
“The launch of the new engine is a major accomplishment for Vento in that it represents our shift from importing engines to designing and building our own. By bringing the design, manufacturing and assembly of our engines in-house, we’re bringing to market a quality, reliable, powerful engine, that will power a variety of new products in our growing family of motorcycles and ATVs,” explained Mario Cisneros, Marketing Director for Vento Motorcycles. “As we evaluated other existing engine designs, it became very apparent to us that to obtain the quality, reliability, performance, and affordability that we required, we would have to go to the drawing board and design and manufacture the engine ourselves. We were involved in every aspect of this engine’s design, including the cosmetics, outsourced the manufacture of each component, and have moved the assembly to our plant in the United States to ensure that our products meet and exceed our high quality assurance standards. This accomplishment makes a statement to the industry that differentiates us from the other importers and motorcycle manufacturers.”