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Old Jan 18th 2018, 08:50 AM   #11
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It was at the Aprilia/Piaggio stand at EICMA. IMO, it looked pretty good in person.
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Old Jan 18th 2018, 09:08 AM   #12
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Some of the guys here know that I do a lot of work in Formula One, specifically with the cars themselves. Most people know that current F1 cars are so incredibly focused on aero and this trend is only going to get more emphasized going forward. From my first hand experience, the amount of aero features and devices employed on every Formula One car is astounding - and much more than I ever realized before I started developing tech for Formula One. Despite having less power and mechanical grip (tires) than the cars of the last decades, today's F1 cars lap faster than ever. It is only a matter of time before this comes to motorcycles.

Last year we started seeing winglets used in earnest in MotoGP. This is going to get more pervasive in the coming seasons. If that's the case and there's no legislative action by the FIM or whoever to stop that, it will not be long before they are regularly deployed on street superbike bodywork, especially homologation bikes and race replicas. I'm telling you: it's coming.

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Old Jan 18th 2018, 10:22 AM   #13
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i wonder how these effect the riding experience whether they make the bike easier to turn in or how they disrupt airflow.

I'm all for this trickle down tech and we are lucky in the motorcycle world that it happens reasonably quickly and in the grand scheme of things is not that expensive compared to the car world.
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Old Jan 18th 2018, 09:18 PM   #14
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i wonder how these effect the riding experience whether they make the bike easier to turn in or how they disrupt airflow.

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The wings help hold the front down, both under acceleration and at top speed. These wings also create drag. The bikes with a lot of down-force are more difficult to manoeuvre, riders have to deal with some understeer in the corners; but they also excel at straight line acceleration. As ever the art is the right balance between additional drag, additional down-force and reduced manoeuvrability.
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Old Jan 31st 2018, 11:35 AM   #15
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Ugly as sin for sure but with that much hp these types of wings are definitely going to be necessary imo. Even a modern liter feels squirrely when youre hard on the throttle at top speeds so i couldnt imagine another 50 hp pushing you
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