Following the debut of the new 899 Panigale during Audi‘s presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ducati held a separate, smaller press conference with the motorcycle press at its headquarters in Bologna, Italy, to discuss the new “Supermid” sportbike and the company’s Chief Executive Officer Claudio Domenicali discussed the state of the company after a […]
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.