Is Ducati Desmodromic dead?

Ducati is known for their Desmodromic valve train. Devoid of springs, but high on character. Their new engine ditches this, will it be as special?

35w ago

Ducati is really looking to make changes in their line up these days. Many moons ago Ducati went away from the dry clutch, something they were widely known for. A few years ago they moved their large displacement bikes past the 1000cc mark. Recently the top tier sport bikes dropped the traditional twin cylinder configuration in favor of a V4. Now they are posed to produce a power plant that has something rather pedestrian......VALVE SPRINGS!

For long time Ducati fans, this technology is a defining characteristic to the engines. It dictates part of the way they sound and offers a sense of exotic. There is just something cool about innovative technology.

This new motor is slated to be installed in the new Multistrada, but I would not be surprised if it made its way into other bikes. Perhaps the SuperSport is due to be converted to V4?

What do you guys think of this move? Is it sacrilege or just the constant march of change?

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Comments (2)

  • nnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...  • sob • ...

      8 months ago
  • A bit of both, but considering the cost of machining desmo mills, I’m not surprised.

      8 months ago