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  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   3 hours 27 min ago

    Dorna wanted the factory's to come up with regulations to ensure that wings did not become dangerous and also to stop an all out aero $$$ war. If the factories couldn't agree on rules then Dorna would ban wings altogether.
    The factories could not agree. Dorna banned the wings. This may or may not have been exactly what hond... Some of the factories wanted to happen

  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   6 hours 16 min ago

    As Guy Martin opined was missing is a bit of a misnomer. Look down the years and, when something 'radical' has been introduced (GTS 1000 front & rear ends, Quasar, Hossack, even single sided swinging arms initially), the public hasn't rushed to buy them. Sure BMW have gradually established Monolever front ends and the like but I think the fact a MotoGP bike still doesn't look too dissimilar from a road bike is still a big plus, unlike an F1 car which looks, well, an awful mess of spoilers, wings and the like.

    Many years ago, I was chatting to our Kawasaki rep (he went on to be a very big fish in Kawasaki's marine department in Europe), who said that Kawasaki, with all their different industries, felt motorcycles were the most conservative of the lot in regards their consumers accepting changes. They felt motorcycle riders wanted to be seen as been 'on the edge' but would only accept changes very gradually...

     

  • Reply to: Ducati's MotoGP Launch: A New Rider, A New Engine, And A New V4 Superbike   11 hours 54 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   17 hours 11 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   20 hours 31 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.