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Old 01-30-2002, 11:34 AM   #1
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You know...from reading this...I'd say they're the most afraid of Honda...it was the only one that merited a "witty barb"
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Old 01-30-2002, 01:36 PM   #2
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Yeah, it seems that the five cylinder appeals to Ducati, but they can't use one now that Honda beat them to the punch.
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Old 01-30-2002, 03:53 PM   #3
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Or that they're desperate to be different because they have trouble competeing on equal terms...
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Old 01-30-2002, 04:53 PM   #4
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They're gonna go 2 with pneumatic valves. That's my two cents...
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Old 01-30-2002, 11:51 PM   #5
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I'm with you on the pneumatic valves, but I think they'll need to reduce the piston size to get the high revs that make pneumatic valves worth the trouble. Smaller pistons mean more cylinders, so my nickel (note I'm raising the bets here) goes on a V4...
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Old 01-31-2002, 12:25 AM   #6
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How about a V-3? Pneumatic valves would be cool but you know they want to do it with their Desmodromic. Whatever it is I want one.
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Old 01-31-2002, 12:52 AM   #7
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I love inline 6 (not V-6) engines and inspite of the fact that they are very long, I can't stop craving for a motorcycle with one. I keep poring over pictures of the Benellie Sei, the Honda CBX, and the Kawasaki Z1300. Maybe I should really look into buying a Z1300 or a CBX. I found a Benelli 900 Sei that was sitting in a museum in New Zealand with less than 100 miles on it. The museum was liquidating and they wanted US$15k for it. I didn't have the money then. Oh woe is me.....



Anyway, Ducati will never go with a straight six simple because it would be an aerodynamic disaster. They could do a V6 but I am pretty sure they won't. A V-8 ducati would be really cool, and so would a V-10. If they go racing with a V8 or a V10 and make a street version, I'm buying. Overall though, an 8 is much more likely than a 10. a 5 cyl wide engine is narrower than a straight 6 but its still pretty wide.





But back to my inline six fantasies, I start to think that while this sort of engine is not the optimal choice for lap times and aerodynamics and thus not suited to hard core sportbikes, on a naked bike ( like the ZRX or the FZ1), where there is space for considerations of character and alternative thinking, methinks a large capacity inline 6 would make for a very charismatic motorcycle.
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Old 01-31-2002, 02:04 AM   #8
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I'm with you on the pneumatic valves - I think a twin with desmodronics, designed without roadgoing comprimises - could be very competitive, but I'd bank on a triple at the same weight being even better - did anyone say Aprilia???
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Old 01-31-2002, 02:39 AM   #9
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Had a CBX in 79 it was fast and sounded like a jet engine at full throttle. It had the charisma and character you would expect. Good choice for an inline six.
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Old 01-31-2002, 04:17 AM   #10
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I'd put my money on a V4, two 998's with a common crankcase would be pretty cool, plus they have a lot of the engineering and tooling developed already so there'd be at least a semblence of cost control.
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