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Old 07-31-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Harley vs Ducati - Oh how times have changed

Kind of a long video 8 minutes and hope it is not a repost, I did a search.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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Pretty interesting..

Why such upright lean angles though? Is it due to the tire technology of the day or has racing technique just progressed that much?
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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A little of both.
The tires we raced on back then didn't have the traction or performance of even todays street tires.
The speeds were much lower and the whole "hanging off" riding style was not that prevalent.

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Originally Posted by debit_debit View Post
Pretty interesting..

Why such upright lean angles though? Is it due to the tire technology of the day or has racing technique just progressed that much?
i would assume that its a combination of a lot of things. tires, suspension geometry, rider technique, even gearing plays a part. which all adds up to faster entry and exit speeds, and thus more acute lean angle.

however, i have no clue what i'm talking about. but it sounded good
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Thanks for the link, there are quite a few videos that bring back mamories.

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Very interesting. It looks like sportbike performance has progressed about the same rate as computers.

Like an ad for an 80286 in PC Magazine.

Fascinating stuff - thanks for the link.
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