Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Future Ducati superbikes might have monocoque frames

Ducati Desmosedici RRDucati 1198S
Will Ducati abandon their traditional trellis frames and go monocoque...?
Ducati 1198RDucati Desmosedici GP9

According to a report on MCN, future Ducati superbikes may have a monocoque aluminium (or carbonfibre) chassis rather than the Italian company’s traditional steel tube trellis frames. Ducati have already used carbonfibre semi-monococque chassis on the Desmosedici GP9 MotoGP racebike and will continue to go down the same path with the GP10.

With the monocoque type frame, Ducati’s intent is to start using the bike’s engine as the central element that connects everything, rather than having a separate chassis. In MotoGP, Ducati’s new carbonfibre monocoque chassis has offered more torsional rigidity than the earlier trellis frame and other advantages could include reduced weight, better engine cooling, improved aerodynamics, superior packaging and more compact dimensions.

According to the MCN report, Ducati might already be working on a version of its MotoGP monocoque chassis for its street bikes, although the streetbike chassis will be made of aluminium rather than the much more expensive to work with carbonfibre.

The Britten V1000 is just one of the many bikes that have, in the past, proved that a monocoque chassis can work very well on high-performance motorcycles. If Ducati choose to abandon their traditional trellis frames and go monocoque, the results should certainly be very interesting indeed!

Via MCN


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Brave move.

But...

There was a quaint old British motor-bicycle called a Vincent that bolted the front-end to the engine, and then the rear half to the engine.

And few bought it.

And there was a delightful Italian 2-stroke twin motor-bicycle cum scooter (MANY a sage discussion about that one) that did the same, using die-cast alloy rather than steel.

And not many bought it.

Made a lovely noise thought!

The problem with the Ducati is that the slightest 'ding' in the chassis and the insurance companies scrap the thing. Ask many a sad owner of a bike with a perimeter-frame. This results in sky-high insurance and super-low resale value.

In this regard the old-style steel-tube framed bikes were much better.

Sometimes low-tech is better.