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  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   5 hours 38 min ago

    As always, your are my sensei on all things GP. 

    I think you discussed this before, but why were winglets banned?  This articles touches on an actual safety issue for the riders.  They appeared to be made of a soft compund, so, was there a concern about rider injury?  Why did Dorna ban them? Are they afraid again of "factory R&D costs"? GP tecnology trickels down to us plebs, but at 300 kmph, I do expect some differences from what we can buy.  Just mentioning this as fodder for a future post. 

    I am hoping to be at Austin, TX, USA this year.  Had the pleasure to meet you 2 years ago, and hope to see you again. How about the chocolate chip cookie included in our lunch sound for bait to come by my corner again?

    How about taking my 1977 BMW R100/7 for a ride sound?  Electronic Ignition really brought things up to speed.

    : )

  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   10 hours 54 min ago

    work on a Ducati road motorcycle that you will find it was built to race first and then modified for the street.  It has been this way at Ducati for a very long time.

  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   14 hours 15 min ago

    Actually the Ducati has had wings since 2009.

    I agree they were ugly, but they were an analog fix to a digital problem.

  • Reply to: 2017 Ducati MotoGP Team Launch Photos   14 hours 47 min ago

    Weave patterns and directions vary dependent on the stresses on the part.

    It's the beauty of composite structures, you can tailor the strength and stiffness in any direction.

    Dunno if it's floating headstock bearings, but they do have inserts in the frame so they can alter head angle and fore-aft position.

    Thumbswitch below throttle is to allow selection of neutral.

     

    What appears to be a carbon ring on Dovi's left grip is just a nubby pattern in the rubber.

     

    Sticker inside the fairing is for tracking the part as an individual piece.

    Serial number, weight, weight after repair#1, repair #2, etc.

     

    Reflexallen are a sponsor in some fashion; reflexallen.com

  • Reply to: 2017 Ducati MotoGP Team Launch Photos   20 hours 55 min ago

    Dovizioso uses a thumb brake on the left bar, so he needs two different reservoirs, one for the brake and one for the clutch.