2013 Ducati MotoGP GP13MotoGP teams are extremely hush when it comes to the smaller details of their perspective machines. And Ducati is no different, the Italian manufacturer releasing the most general specifications as possible.
This week, Ducati released what little information it thought was needed regarding specs on its revamped Desmosedici GP13, which will be piloted by Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and newly-signed Andrea Dovizioso.A few things changed from the 2012 specs, including five more horsepower over the GP12 that former Ducati rider Valentino Rossi struggled on, and a bump in weight due to the minimum required 352 lbs. (up from 345.4 lbs. in 2012).It also appears that Ducati is using some new technology in the suspension department, the specs for the Ohlins fork saying “new factory evolution damping system.”Following are the specs for the Ducati GP13, which will be used in the 2013 MotoGP Championship. Also, attached above are factory photos, displaying the finer details of Ducati’s GP13; these photos also make for great wallpaper.Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Technical Specifications:
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Power: More than 235hp
Top Speed: In excess of 330 km/h (205 mph)
Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST); chain final drive
Fuel Management: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves Throttles operated by the new EVO 2 TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system
Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Final Drive: D.I.D Chain
Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, new factory evolution damping system
Tires: Bridgestone 16.5” front and rear
Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston caliper
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!