Hanuman wrote:Just remember that almost all 'officially-sanctioned' photos will either be of obsolete designs, or taken from deceptive angles to hinder scaling off the photos.
But back to the topic, the engine is ostensibly 70+ degrees. So it's no narrrow-V Harley twin...umm bad example for a GP engine
CamD, Re: the 90deg thing: Honda have built a very compact engine, squeezing the V-angle until either intake/injector tracts or airbox volume is compromised. It is very neat, orderly and small. The Ducati looks surprisingly bulky, not just due to its 90degrees, but the height and width of the heads, the size of crankcase, the positioning of the water pumps. The Honda head is pretty narrow, I doubt a Ducati head would fit between the spars of the Honda. And that, to me, is the crux of the weight distribution issues that the Ducati seems to have...Ignore the V angle and just consider it a BIG engine...and bad for packaging. They need to do whatever's required to get it more compact to allow them more freedom of location/weight distribution.
That probably makes more sense to me. I wonder if the width of the heads is due to the desmo config?