The fact that Ducati still uses steel frames at all levels of their bikes is killer. The trellis frame looks great & best of all functions very well, even with 260 hp in the MotoGP bike. I also have a strong interest in air-cooled, big torque engines.....enter the aftermarket, American big twin.
The picture assumes 2 considerable engineering challenges are handled:
- short, compact drivetrain
- bottom half of the engine is machined to include an engine mount at the crux of the "v", similar to the engine mount of the "L" desmo engine.
I can just hear some of the Ducatisti scoffing at this project. Aah, hell, that makes it even better.
I ran out of time with the free Photoshop trial offer, so I haven't finished the following yet:
- front fender
- front cylinder header should wrap around to the left-side and underneath the frame gusset, keeping the right side of the engine free of "clutter"
- fuel tank is sketchy, I know. I sliced & diced the aluminum tank and tail section of Robert Stefano's bitchin' Ducati '969' custom to come up with that tank. See Acme Rocketbike for other great sport customs. http://www.acmerocketbike.com/
- exhaust silencers are not complete, but the location is about where I would like them, one on either side of the rear tire.
- will the 45 degree twin work as a stressed member even with the new engine mount? I would hope so with the traditional mount at the heads and at the swingarm pivot.
- re-work swingarm to accommodate right-side drive
- too top-heavy with oil tank at the base of fuel tank?