Valentino Rossi testing the 2012 version of the Ducati Desmosedici is usually big news, especially with the Italian moto-press. As the nine-time World Champion logs his laps on the GP12 at Italy’s Mugello circuit today, the bigger news is the other Ducati racebike sharing the track with the Doctor. According to GPOne.com, Ducati is also testing […]
Brough Superior Moto2 Racer On Jay Leno’s Garage + Video
In November of 2013, I was very fortunate to get the chance to test the Taylormade/Brough Superior Moto2 racer in Las Vegas. The bike is a technical marvel, though unfortunately suspension problems meant I had limited time to properly test it. Still, that doesn’t take away from the clever engineering that went into its design. In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the two men responsible for bringing it to life, Paul Taylor and John Keogh, explain to Jay just what’s involved in making a one-off grand prix racebike.
The main talking point is the carbon fiber, fully monocoque chassis, which the three guys talk about at great length. They spend so much time talking about it because it really is the central focal point of the motorcycle. From there both front and rear suspension can then be discussed. And there’s quite a bit to talk about, as the front is a wishbone design and the rear swingarm is entirely carbon fiber. Factor in the under-seat radiator and the giant duct at the nose of the bike to feed it air and you have just a few of the many angles by which to discuss the Taylormade/Brough Superior Moto2 racer.
Catch the discussion below.