2005 Ducati by Peter Hutton
Perhaps the world's most attractive racing motorcycle drawn by the world's best racing machinery illustrator. Conventional valve springs are one of the key limitations for the output of racing engines. The strength of the springs required to close the valves ever more quickly at high revs deliver diminishing returns - the springs, the valves and the head need to be ever more strongly engineered as the revs rise. Ducati have been alone in developing desmodromic valve systems where the valves are both opened and closed by a cam. The control of the closing action is precise - even at high revs the valves just kiss the valve seat instead of being slammed into it. Ducati's continued development of desmo valves is an abiding pleasure. It is one of the reasons why the brand is held in such high regard.
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