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10 June 2009 10:00
The Ducati Desmosedici and 1098R are race replicas in the truest sense, but which is the fastest on track? Watch the video test to find out...
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Neevesy..you lucky F$%£in BAST£$D!!!!...i would dry bum the ladyboys of bangkok feckin bareback to have your job!! ;-0, good test all round, bet that desmo sounded amazing, me and the lads seen one at the stormy petral bike meet a couple of months back...lovely..
18 June 2009 20:53
We put a 17-inch rear wheel on the Des so we could run it on sticky slicks, the same as the 1098R. Although the wheel size went up from 16 to 17-inch, the outside tyre diameter is the same, so it doesn't affect the gearing.
16 June 2009 21:47
I'm curious how the reviewers might justify changing the rear wheel size on the Desmosedici and then complain that the gearing was off?
15 June 2009 21:41
Both Ducatis were indicating well over 180mph on that back straight. What you see on-screen is true, GPS speed. Motorcycle speedos are generally well on the optimistic side when you're going that fast, we see it all the time when we go to our testing ground at Bruntingthorpe performance testing.
14 June 2009 20:18
none at the TT
prob because they are seen as being expensive to run, and a general conservatism among "blue collar" racers that is suspicious of anything different or that isnt a jap four. though the TT isnt exactly the place where a twin would thrive. Having said that Ducati have had some decent results in road racing over recent years when a top team does have the balls to step forward and run something that bit different.
13 June 2009 16:35
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