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Well jambop, reverting to a trellis frame probably WOULD solve a lot of their problems. One thing all Ducati superbikes from the 888 through to the 1198 possessed was excellent handling and feel because the trellis suited the L-engine architecture. They may have been down on power but the traction & drive out of a corner made up for it on most circuits. The monocoque frame is a failure. It didn't work on the MotoGP bike & it doesn't work on the Panigale. If you had ever ridden one you would know that it is like riding a scaffold pole with zero front end feel. Ducati now has a bike that doesn't handle plus the power disadvantage of a twin. Ducati knows it but they are stuck with the situation until they launch a replacement to the Panigale which probably won't be for 2-3 years. But I'd like to bet that when they do, it will have either a trellis or aluminium frame unless ego gets in the way. Put simply, a Panigale motor in a 1198 chassis would be winning races.



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