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Old 05-30-2003, 05:15 AM   #11
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Default Re: Ducati V4 Streetbike

V-Twin or no, Ducati is first and foremost a company that lives and breathes racing. In the past, Superbike rules allowed Ducati to develop its V-Twin to the point of dominance. The rules in place this year in World Superbike as well as in AMA Superbike (not that Ducati ever dominated there), make it rather plain that 1000cc four cylinder machines are the way to go. It will be no suprise when Ducati debuts its four cylinder 1000 cc machine, rather another example of Ducati doing what it has to in order to remain competitive.
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Old 05-30-2003, 05:20 AM   #12
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Didn't you forget to add that they also have to price it about the same as your Kawasaki?
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Old 05-30-2003, 05:27 AM   #13
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I'd love to see Ducati give us a V4 for the road... That being said, I think it would be a true superbike, not a standard road-going bike.



A V4 is better than a V-Twin for racing, because it has a definite horsepower advantage, and better than an I-4 because of it's more compact and narrow design (and smaller/lighter crankshaft).



But I think for the majority of streetbikes, a V-Twin is a better engine configuration because of the low-end torque and the fact that you don't have to rev the nuts off it to get any power. I wouldn't expect to see Ducati change their monsters or their sport-tourers over to a V4, but for a homologated bike for WSB, it'd be great...



Full disclosure here though, I ride an SV650, so I'm a little biased to the V-Twins
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Old 05-30-2003, 05:50 AM   #14
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I am sooooo pro V-twin. I know own a 2002 VFR Interceptor, v-four. Doooh!



But I love the variety of engines configurations and styles of bikes. God, someday I may even buy a Harley (butt puckers). But seriously, if I had the bucks, I would have a Harely cruiser, a BMW K1200, Triumph 955I, Ducati 900SP, MotoGuzzi 1100 (forget name) and.............

a friggin Honda Goldwing!



How could anyone be satisfied with just one woman?!?!?!
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Old 05-30-2003, 05:55 AM   #15
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The difference is:



1. When they started making twins they had only made singles for about five years or so, so they hadn't built up a history with singles.



2. You can't compare Honda with Ducati because their strategies are totally different - it's like comparing Ferrari with Toyota.



Besides, people don't buy Ducatis just because they are fast - the Japanese streetbikes have been and will probably always be faster than Ducatis. People buy it because it's a Ducati, and a large part of being a Ducati is being a twin.



They can build up heritage with a V-4 over time, but it will be tough. If they made them both simultaneously I think it would be a good move.
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Old 05-30-2003, 06:21 AM   #16
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The survival or death of V Twin sportbikes rests entirely in the hands of the race sanctioning bodies. There exists only one chance for twins to survive: open engine displacement. The 1000cc Twins will eventually be destroyed by the 1000cc fours. A 1200cc Twin might have a chance.



It is high time for the sanctioning bodies to stop with the random displacement regulations and leave the top classes (GP and SBK) wide open concerning engines. We'll see smooth turbo 600 twins and booming 1200 twins to go along with screaming blown 500 fours and roaring fours.



End the boredom, release the manufactuers to be creative!
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Old 05-30-2003, 07:31 AM   #17
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Couldn't agree more. My list would include Sophia Loren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cameren Diaz, either (or both) of the Williams sisters, Lauren Bacall, Julia Roberts, Katja Poensgen, Tina Turner......
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Old 05-30-2003, 07:40 AM   #18
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My guess is that if they DO make a V4 street bike, they would continue to make the twins as well -- much like BMW continues with the boxer twins (which have a much longer heritage than even the V-twin Ducati) following the introduction of the inline 4 K-series.
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Old 05-30-2003, 08:47 AM   #19
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I think BMW at one time was thinking of doing away with the Boxer... I'll bet they're glad that plan never came to fruition.
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Old 05-30-2003, 08:49 AM   #20
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I dunno, I think that if I had Catherine Zeta-Jones I would be pretty satisfied...
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