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    New V4 Kid on the block...

    As expected, here is the direct competition for the Aprilia V4 from Ducati.

    http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...le-v4-unveiled

    Interesting Firing order, However the larger displacement is a bit...odd.

    Still uses Desmo, no surprises there I guess.

    Also:

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/n...ale-v4-engine/

    Another interesting titbit...about using smaller spark plugs. Ala NC30 = way more expensive when replacing plugs.
    Last edited by 1969; 09-07-2017 at 02:29 PM.

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    I saw the news. 1100V4.....Going to be a lot harder for the other manufacturers to compete if they remain at 1 liter.

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    ^^^ & of course they are going to release a 1000cc R version for homologation purposes more oriented for track use.
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    New V4 Kid on the block...

    I just hope the pictures floating around aren't true because it is kinda ugly. But makes the Aprilia even better looking. I do like the 1299 panigale with underbody exhausts. That is a gorgeous bike.

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    If the Duc weighs 30-40 lbs less than the RSV4, it'll be kinda tough to not give it a second look.

    Ducati also has much better dealer support and far many more dealers to 'deal' with than Aprilia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinepilot2 View Post
    I just hope the pictures floating around aren't true because it is kinda ugly. But makes the Aprilia even better looking. I do like the 1299 panigale with underbody exhausts. That is a gorgeous bike.
    I agree, I love the new motor but the shots of the bike leave much to be desired. The 1199/1299 bikes are gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0p3ragh0st View Post
    I agree, I love the new motor but the shots of the bike leave much to be desired. The 1199/1299 bikes are gorgeous.
    Yep.

    I personally like the original 1199 (slim) fairing style over the later 1299 wider one. Regardless, it was always going to be the case that their V4 would be a wider form factor than the previous twins, hence a larger front fairing would be needed to offer enough wind protection for the girth.

    The other thing. In the 'leaked' spy shots (if they are believed to be near the actual production model), you can see how Ducati tried to maintain a narrow mid section at the seat and rear cylinder. Me thinks the dreaded leg burning will continue if that's the case.

    We shall see in good time...

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    The bigger displacement makes perfect sense, and Aprilia already did it with the Tuono. The reason is more torque and HP with no weight or cost penalty. It's an easy power increase that doesn't impact reliability like higher rpms would. They will produce a 1 liter R-version for WSBK homologation. I'm guessing the R will have a short stroke crank and the 81mm pistons.
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    That thing is god awful looking though. Like a cross between a Fireblade an the Yamaha r3.

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    Agreed - fugly. I think the issue is the piece connecting the side fairing to the front tank cover - that's just odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple J View Post
    Agreed - fugly. I think the issue is the piece connecting the side fairing to the front tank cover - that's just odd.
    I doubt the final bike will look like this!
    It looks like a quick Pani-Frankenstein style fairing with the new engine!
    They don't get the looks wrong often!
    Im happy at Aprilia and have no desire to jump even if it is much lighter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple J View Post
    Agreed - fugly. I think the issue is the piece connecting the side fairing to the front tank cover - that's just odd.
    I think some colour changes may help the looks, if all red isn't slim, then its gunna look plump, red isn't a flattering colour if the shape isn't voluptuous. Love the motor, with all that magnesium, she's going to be pricy. Great move by Ducati, i see success if this engine is totally reliable, and bullet proof.
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    I hate to think what the service service costs are, v4 desmo valve adjustment ?, $$$,makes the rsv4 look easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouseman View Post
    I hate to think what the service service costs are, v4 desmo valve adjustment ?, $$$,makes the rsv4 look easy.
    I'll guess $2000 for the valve adjustment at 15,000 mile intervals. Frameless design....aaack.
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    Asphalt and Rubber put up some more pics, the tail is horrible. Personally, I don't care how much power and features it has, the bike needs to look the part.

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