2006 Bimota Tesi 3-D Ducati Multistrada 1100 engine with horizontal shocks
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  • alex
  • 2012-08-30T12:10:21-04:00

Yup - it's what they call a "funny front end" or in this case hub-centered steering. There's a number of bikes that use a similar system such as BMW's K1200R. The premise is simple. In a conventional set of forks, the turning, steering and suspension forces act upon the same linkage (the forks/head bearing). This means as you brake, the bike dives and is harder to steer and all the forces mix in. Front ends such as this separate out the loads. In practice, the biggest difference is it does NOT dive under braking but it also offers better feedback at the front /etc.

 

Hey @Alex any idea what's going on with these horizontal shocks on the Bimota Tesi? @JamesL @Marina