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Old 01-24-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Question Pros and Cons of Supercharging a bike?

I found this company called Spoon Valley Racing that makes a supercharger kit for the Ducati 1098 and was wondering if anyone on MH have any expert advice or personal experience willing to share with me before making that decision.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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You are touching a ducati. 's gift to man. Leave it alone. Enjoy those 1098cc's baby
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I couldnt agree with you more and that is why i am not 100% sure about doing it, the 1098 handles really great..... if it only was a little bit faster and it would be the perfect bike for me!
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I couldnt agree with you more and that is why i am not 100% sure about doing it, the 1098 handles really great..... if it only was a little bit faster and it would be the perfect bike for me!
Jesus christ batman!
How fast do you really want to go!?

600cc's often had me on the brink of defacating myself.
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I couldnt agree with you more and that is why i am not 100% sure about doing it, the 1098 handles really great..... if it only was a little bit faster and it would be the perfect bike for me!
I can't imagine what you're doing that you would already be using all of the fast that that bike leaves the factory with, and you want more fast?
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He is probably preparing for Tx2k11 to play with those 1000HP cars
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:54 AM   #9
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I've only built/ridden 1 supercharged bike. That was a GS1150 drag bike we built in the mid 80's and that thing was plain stupid to ride.
I do have quite a bit of experience with supercharged cars though, and even they can be a handful even with 4 wheels on the ground.
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I can't imagine what you're doing that you would already be using all of the fast that that bike leaves the factory with, and you want more fast?
the first generation 1098's had a top speed of just 168 mph..... most liter bikes have a top speed of 184 mph (restricted). the bike has excellent torque but lacks the top end to compete on the straights I think that is one of the reasons Ducati SBK Team quit racing this year because they know that the engine is outdated and no longer competitive against the inline fours out there.
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Thank Patrick for your input.... i want something manageable on the streets, nothing too crazy that i cannot control coming out of the turns. According to spoon valley's claims, their system delivers a progressive/linear power to the rear wheel but since they are located in Europe nobody here in the USA have actually tested their supercharger kit yet.

here is the link if you have time to ck it out: http://www.spoonvalleyracing.se/page11.html

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the first generation 1098's had a top speed of just 168 mph..... most liter bikes have a top speed of 184 mph (restricted). the bike has excellent torque but lacks the top end to compete on the straights I think that is one of the reasons Ducati SBK Team quit racing this year because they know that the engine is outdated and no longer competitive against the inline fours out there.
If top speed is what your looking for I dont think a supercharger is going to add top end speed. It will just get you there faster...

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Id say go for it. If the power is a little much to deal with down low just put taller gearing on the bike. That will take some of the grunt from the bottom and make it easier to ride and give you more top end speed. Which is what you are looking for.
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Id say go for it. If the power is a little much to deal with down low just put taller gearing on the bike. That will take some of the grunt from the bottom and make it easier to ride and give you more top end speed. Which is what you are looking for.
that is exactly what i was thinking, changing the gearing for less torque = higher top speed
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here is a video of their project bike code named 1098J in action at a track day, from the videos i dont see or hear anything too impressive but the rider might just be taking it easy.

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Im preparing to play with those 1000 HP cars...
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dont know why video is not showing but here is the link:

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What would worry me is being a bit throttle happy and raising the front tire while on a turn!! Bikes dont need force induction unless you are only going straight or justbeing able to say been there done that!! IMO
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It's not down low where the power will be unmanageable, particularly if they're using a centrifugal / progressive blower. The fun part will be at higher rpms / boost.

Hey, if you want to do it I'll install it for you, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Along the lines of a higher top speed, that's also achievable without the cost and complexity of adding an SC. If you're interested we can discuss it more in depth when you come by for your helmet.
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