Me too and honestly, it's what made Ducati in the past so great. They made real mechanical beasts, like Porsche and Ferrari. Today nobody makes anything like that anymore and it's very sad.I would probably ride a steam powered motorcycle and hate the new fangled "internal combustion" jobs if I was born 100 years ago.
It's all good, in 100 years we will have to probably deal with DC motors in our bikesYou guys are right about a lot of things (maybe everything) I was just born in the wrong time period.
I would probably ride a steam powered motorcycle and hate the new fangled "internal combustion" jobs if I was born 100 years ago.
I just meant I'm sorry to anyone whose feelings really are hurt by criticism of their present or future "baby".
I don't take criticism of my toys of choice very well, even though I know it's just somebody else's opinion.
Glad to hear the "R" is staying at 1199. I'd like to see a few wins that mean something (without starting a "but they're already a 1200" debate).
If you wanna turn this conversation into a discussion on economics, that's kool, but don't blame me in 20 pages when it goes to shit.What are you going to run it on lighter fluid?
http://www.ducati.org/forums/kitchen-sink/61147-come.html#post779504If you wanna turn this conversation into a discussion on economics, that's kool, but don't blame me in 20 pages when it goes to shit.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind, gasoline as we know it will be around for much longer then previously predicted, for many reasons. The biggest reason relates to the car manufactures unwilling to produce vehicles which don't require service. If your entire fleet was electric, they might as well close down because servicing internal combustion engines is what keeps dealerships alive. The other reason is the move to hybrid and electric vehicles has hit the gas pumps hard. The solution is lowering gas prices substantially, we're expecting a 10 year low by the end of this year. This gives incentives for car manufactures to continue building more efficient gas burning vehicles because gas prices are lower then they've been in quite sometime.
Personally, I don't see this trend changing anytime soon. We're reliant on fossil fuels because if we stopped being reliant on them, we'd be putting millions of people out of work and they generally have nowhere else to go. Yes, over the next 50 years, things will slowly change as those people die or retire, with their jobs not being replaced. The coal and oil industry will slowly shrink over that time period to the point of refineries being shut down and coal mines closing. With that said, electric generation will need alternative fueling methods which currently don't exist.
The introduction of quick charging electric vehicles in the next 2 - 5 years, will be the beginning of the end for petrol powered vehicles. Initially it will be a gradual roll-out and the option to buy most cars in electric or gasoline powered. The gasoline powered vehicles will be the cheaper one's and continue to sell for a good solid 20 years as gas prices decrease. Eventually recharging stations will cost money and petrol stations who wish to stay in business will be high-powered energy centers. Within 50 years, we'll see energy efficiency increase and storage solutions which we currently can't even dream of. These mixed with some mandates from the government will most likely put an end to the production of new petrol vehicles and the ones currently on the street will retain "antique" status in order to keep running legally. Petrol stations in 50 years will be rare and gas will be expensive, but it will still be around.
Petrol heads have nothing to worry about. 50 years from now most of us will be too old to be galavanting around on then 70 year old motorcycles anyway! LOL
Thank you. I don't see how people don't understand this. If they were dedicated to a race bike then they would have always come off the factory floor with no seat, lights, etc etc...and they have not done that with any of the street modelsI think many in this thread are acting under a delusion that there is some kind of rulebook for motorcycle manufacture. There isn't. Racing does not determine road bikes. Road bikes are later raced. Was always thus.
Yes, this is true. But there is a good reason why manufacturers haven't made random displacement bikes in the last few decades. Honda only made 600 and 1000. Suzuki 600, 750, 1000. Kawasaki and Yamaha did the same as Honda. Aprilia made a 1000, and so on. I know manufacturers can make whatever displacements they want, but they don't. You just don't see that with anyone else...so why is that?I think many in this thread are acting under a delusion that there is some kind of rulebook for motorcycle manufacture. There isn't. Racing does not determine road bikes. Road bikes are later raced. Was always thus.