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Old 04-28-2005, 05:57 PM   #21
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That'd be kinda cool. You could put it on the left clipon.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:11 PM   #22
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Titanium is gawd-awful expensive! Start talking titanium frames and you're talking mega-bucks.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:17 PM   #23
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I mean really who the hell NEEDS (note the difference from WANTS) more engine performance.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:24 PM   #24
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That is the next big change for road bikes. Cars are getting there, motorcycles need it more than cars do. Moto Guzzi was planning to introduce a Ferrari style push button shift system, but it got delayed with Aprilia's bankruptcy problems. I think Moto GP bikes will be forced to get into push button shifting in the next two years.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:25 PM   #25
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No way. It can't be done.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:44 PM   #26
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Seriously? I'd like to see a thumb activated brake-lever that rotates with the throttle twist-grip (I got a couple designs drawn up). It would make the blip & brake routine much easier. Though, it would almost-certainly require hydraulic brakes, to replace the mechanical advantage of the traditional brake-lever.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:56 PM   #27
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The ST-4 Monster looks like a great bike. Traditional looks and sport bike capablities, what could be better? It's a mite spendy, though.
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:05 PM   #28
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$13,500 and then you got to make it sound right. BTW, you started the 90hp idea. Now were back up to big motors again. We are a sick breed.
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:07 PM   #29
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I think the biggest changes will be more stringent emissions controls. Tamper proof fuel injection and catalytic converters will be required, no more exhaust or intake modifications. Maybe horsepower restrictions, probably some dirivitive of OBD2 technology to keep tabs. I can't help thinking that engine performance is nearing the end of the line.



I think the next direction will be frames and suspension. Maybe integrated ABS/traction control and anti dive suspensions. Self sealing tires would be a plus....
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:14 PM   #30
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Another thing I've been thinking about is a inflatable seat the raises and lowers for short legged riders. In town it woud be flat and out on the road you could raise it.



How about magnetic transmission gears, of opposite polarities, that would never touch each other.



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