Dyno Testing: Chasing Missing Power, In The November Issue

Dyno Testing: Chasing Missing Power, In The November Issue

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Featured In the November 2021 issue of Roadracing World: 

        How much power does the most recent Ducati Streetfighter make? The answer depends on what gear you’re in. The question arose when Roadracing World tested a kitted 2021 Ducati Streetfighter, which felt as fast as anything on the street and on the track, but on the dyno barely managed to clear 156 bhp at the rear wheel.

         For a machine that Ducati said put out 205 bhp at the crank, one that was fitted with a titanium race exhaust and mapped for the new pipe, it was a mystery… 

            —Chasing Missing Horsepower In The Electronic Age, by Michael Gougis


Rev limits, rider aids, power maps, gear-limited output curves, encrypted chips—as motorcycles get more and more sophisticated, testing them on the dyno has become more challenging. For example, simply switching from fourth to fifth gear on the newest Ducati Streetfighter boosts power a cool 25 bhp at the top end! Take a look at dyno testing in the electronic age in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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