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Matthew Birt  says:

Ben Spies makes debut on Yamaha’s 1000cc MotoGP bike

Ben Spies has just completed his first laps on board Yamaha’s new factory 1000cc MotoGP bike at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. Having initially spent the first part of today’s one-day test session riding his current YZR-M1 800cc machine, Spies has just finished his first run on next year’s new bike. It is the first time the new Yamaha has...

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  • Posted 4 years ago (15 August 2011 09:56)

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Jul 11

Posts: 2

lagpie01 says:

Love it!

Love the bike, love the colour, love the fact that is says "Do your best Japan!" in hiragana characters, a clear reference to the disaster in March...

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Jun 10

Posts: 288

bluehaze60 says:

bike looks really nice and not too different from the 800, i also look forward to mot 3 next year as well

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Jun 11

Posts: 942

Moaner says:

CF Frame (or lack of)

Boys, Carbon Fibre has as much flex as the engineers want to build into it! The problem is that Ducati have a stressed CF air box that bolts directly to the engine (same as the rear swingarm) and the engine sort of acts as the frame if you like which means there is no need for a standard twin spa chassis ... Trouble is, there is no flex in the engine at all (middle part of the bike) which is what the bike needs to put up with all the different forces while cornering..

There is a really good article about this over at it is a long read but well worth taking the time to do so..

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