MotoGP » Should MotoGP bikes be sold?

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January 24, 2009 3:23 PM

Back in the bad old days, you know the ones before dorna, when the FIM ran the show. we had grids of 40 riders qualified for the GP's (certainly in the uk). Now i dont want to open up any old wounds, but, the point i'm trying to make is, the bikes where available to buy by the public hence full grids for GP's and national championships all over the world. to me, full grids meant more exciting racing. Any good racers who wanted to compete at national, international and world championship level, could (subject to the right license being obtained). so if full grids could be achieved then more spectacular racing. Good for TV !!!!! I accept this is a bit simplistic but it's a way to go.


stephen_manila - Unregistered

February 04, 2009 5:50 PM

i think either change would be great. but i would go more toward the afforadable production vehicle than a true race replica due to what we have seen the price of the desmo. as a huge fan of all motorcycle racing i would love to see production bikes resemble there racing counter parts. i think by doing so big companies will see more profit if they add or enhance the production lines with the latest and greatest technology rather than only changing paint schemes and stickers. sure still put out bikes like the desmo but make sure you think about the everyday joe, i think thats where companies will make more money. oh and HONDA BRING BACK A NEW 51!

Beastie - Unregistered

May 09, 2009 9:53 PM

If Vale wins the MotoGp World Championship this year, Yamaha should release a M1 derived R8 race replica which would sit between the R6 and M1. With a Crossplane crankshaft engine, Ohlins upside down front forks and rear shock, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni exhaust system. They need to ensure that the fairing and seat unit replicate the race bike leave the colour scheme as it is, replace the word Fiat on the side of the fairing with YZF whack some lights on the bike and they should sell like hot cakes. Or they could release 2 versions of the bike, a standard version with Yamaha shocks, wheels and brakes etc, and a SP with all the goodies added. :)


May 10, 2009 11:25 PM

Only the Ducati should be sold to the public as it is the only bike that the rider hops on and the bike does the rest. The amount of mediocre riders who hop on the Ducati and turn it into a top 5 bike proves this each weekend. Racing is boring with these kind of bikes. 4 Ducati's in the top 6 each race meeting prove this to be fact.

The Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki are to much for anyone but the very best to ride, so they would not be safe in the hands of the public.

Rossi fans will disagree :p

Beastie !

May 11, 2009 8:46 PM


A track day rider on an R1 can lap Silverstone faster than Kenny Roberts Senior in his prime and the power output on a R1 is far greater than his 500GP bike.

The engine on a race rep would not have Pneumatic vavles also it will be detuned to ensure that the bike is reliable.

I am sure the bikes can be tamed if you throw in some electronics with Standard, Sport and Wet Weather mapping slipper clutch etc :)

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