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motorcycle SOLUTlONS

High-end motorbikes
eager to carbon fibre too
While carbon-fibre frames have been used for a number of years in circuit
motorcycle racing, there have been relatively few carbon-fibre structural parts
in the motorcycles sold by the major brand names. This is changing: Ducati and
BMW have just launched two new 2017 models, packed with high-tech fibres.
Lamborghini owned by the Volkswagen group and owner of Ducati and BMW
are extending their four-wheel expertise to two-wheelers.

T

wo exclusive models:
Ducati had only just announced the launch of
its 1299 Superleggera at Milan's
"Esposizione internazionale ciclo e motociclo" in November,
when on the following day,
BMW Motorrad did likewise for
its HP4 RACE.
The Ducati
1299 Superleggera
With the Ducati 1299
Superleggera, the Italian manufacturer intends to bring the
Supersport category to another level. According to the
manufacturer, the motorcycle
is the first series model with

frame, swingarm, subframe and
wheels made of carbon fibre.
All of these elements are specific to the 1299 Superleggera.
The fairings are also made of
carbon fibre. Ducati's racing
DNA is clearly expressed here
in the monocoque construction
(Figure 1).
The BMW HP4 RACE
With the HP4, BMW Motorrad
is also at its current peak technical capabilities. Series production of this model with
carbon main frame and wheels
(FigureĀ 2) should start in 2017.
The full technical details will be
released next spring, and a limited series delivered sometime
during the second semester. Is
BMW capitalizing on the tech-

Fig. 1: The
Ducati 1299
Superleggera

Fig. 2: The BMW HP4's frame and rear wheel

niques it developed for the i3,
the i8 and the 7 Series? We are
waiting impatiently for the exact
specifications.
Not quite alone
These two pioneering brand
names are not quite the only
ones when it comes to the use
of carbon in series production.
In the hand-crafted high-end
range, for example, you have
VanderHeide
Motorcycles
(more on them in an upcoming issue), which makes copious use of carbon fibres. Series
producer Kawasaki, which uses
them more sparingly, is launching the 2017 Ninja H2 Carbon
Limited Edition, of which only
120 will be sold worldwide. This
model will be equipped with a

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carbon-fibre steering head - a
structural part if ever there were
one.
The future
While it is unlikely that we will
see carbon in all urban motorcycles very soon, the black fibre
has many advantages for the
Supersport category, just as for
luxury sports cars. This is nevertheless a positive sign: In these
first series-production models,
carbon is no longer limited to
the body and the exhaust pipes,
but has made it to the structural parts - right where it has the
most to contribute.
More information:
www.ducati.com
www.bmwgroup.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017

Cover
Edito
Opinion: Mobility
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Startup competition
Construction & public transport
Investment
Agenda
BUSINESS
Trend
Startup booster
China
MANUFACTURING
RTM
WPC
Sandwich
Feature Automotive - El dorado, or a lure
3D printing
Cycle time
Raw materials
Reinforcements
Compression moulding
Compression moulding
Lightweighting
Interior part
SOLUTIONS
Marine
Motorcycle
Medical
In the world
TECHNOLOGY
OPLC
Draping
Damping
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Construction & public transport
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Agenda
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Trend
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Startup booster
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - China
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - RTM
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - WPC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Sandwich
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - 3D printing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Cycle time
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Raw materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Reinforcements
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Interior part
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - Motorcycle
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #110 - January/February 2017 - OPLC
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