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Ducati patents frameless roadbike


February 22, 2010

Clockwise from top left: the 2009 MotoGP Desmosedici GP9, two patent application drawings ...

Clockwise from top left: the 2009 MotoGP Desmosedici GP9, two patent application drawings and recently released see-through illustration of the 2010 MotoGP Desmosedici GP10

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Last year when we did an extensive feature on Ducati’s motogp carbon fibre semi-monocoque frame, we lauded its groundbreaking technology. Though Casey Stoner’s illness prevented the Desmosedici GP9 from challenging for the title, four wins showed it to be worth our plaudits. Now it seems Ducati is so pleased with its handiwork that the semi-monocoque design looks set to replace Ducati’s trademark trellis frame on its road bikes in the future too.

A recent patent application designed to protect Ducati’s GP9 and GP10 design which uses a structural airbox to bolt the steering head to the engine at the front of the motor, and to the sub-frame and swinging arm at the rear. The patent includes several references to roadbikes and production which clearly indicate that the design will be used on roadbikes in the future.

The main benefits of the frame are lower weight (a saving of at least five kilograms is envisaged over the existing road bike frames), greater rigidity, and greater design freedom.

The patent application can be found here.


This looks like a Britten with a conventional fork? Not completely original.

23rd February, 2010 @ 07:07 am PST

Only 20 something years years after John Britten used a similar design idea on the AERO-D-One which led to the successful Britten V1000 racer!

23rd February, 2010 @ 11:53 am PST

A patented design? We can only hope that it's half as innovative as anything built by John Britten, may he rest in peace

23rd February, 2010 @ 02:53 pm PST


Tim DeBell
26th February, 2010 @ 09:48 am PST

Too easy write post that read the entire patent..

The Britten (it was a great project..) its basically different from the Ducati.

In this ducati GP bike the frame its the Airbox...or if you prefer the airbox its also the frame and it contain the trottle body, injectors, trumpets, air filter etc etc...

this is a brand new concept. there are others bike with the frame fixed to the engine..but not with a carbon fiber monocoque like this.

anyway.. may John rest in peace.

10th March, 2010 @ 08:28 am PST

The Britten was first with this concept!

5th July, 2010 @ 07:45 am PDT

go and have a look at Quantel Cosworth - 1986

how did Ducati manage to patent it?

20th December, 2011 @ 03:47 am PST
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