This is an excellent example of the first year of production of a new model being essentially a Beta Testing phase. Its a good general rule in my book to use a wait and see attitude when a new model comes out. I would rather like to not be the beta tester of a bike that may still have bugs to be sorted.March edition of Bike magazine makes for interesting reading!!!!
the Ducati 1098 they had for a piece on comparing to 916 & brief comparisons against a Gsxr1000K6 included getting the opinion of Mark Brewin from BSD (well respected tuners/race engineers etc). He reckoned the general build was not up to the old 916 and most frightening.....when they popped the cam covers ONE OF THE CAMBELT TENSIONERS (NOW MADE OF PLASTIC) HAD OVALLED & SIEZED FLATTING THE CAMBELT IN THE PROCESS!!!
Now that's enough to make anyones butt clench!
Now that would be a GREAT IDEA.
Have you seen the 1098,s exhausts, they look awful and ruin what is essentially a good looking motorbike.
I agree with you on the 1130,s exhaust, it would have looked nice if it has a different one, say a twin exhaust system with one each side of the fan's. Or better still, make it like the TNT with the pipe coming out were the tail light is and the tail light each side of the exhaust. Get ride of the passenger foot rests, fit a tail tidy and hey presto, a cracking looking bike that is up with the rest of them! :ele: :ele:
Except for the fact that the heat produced by the exhaust piping will go into the radiator which is just on top of it.ir-fuel I am fully aware where the radiator is! You could run the exhaust pipe behind the radiator (in front of if you look at it from the back) as the hot air from the radiator is expelled out through the back so the exhaust would not impeed the cooling effect.