​This Strange Contraption Is How Ducati Does Noise Testing

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It might look like the ride of a third-rate villain from Adam West-era Batman, but apparently this is how Ducati tests the sound of its newest bikes. Someone please explain.

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The bike caught outside Ducati's Bologna factory is the new Scrambler, a homage to the 60s and 70s with retro styling, flat track bars and tires. Underneath that elaborate aluminum camouflage is an air-cooled V-Twin pulled from the old 696/796 Monster. But it's the keg strapped to the back and the muffler-esque thing scaffolded to the front that I want to know about. If you understand how this testing works, tell me.

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MrAcoustics
MrAcoustics

Those are actually mufflers. We use them in the car testing world on both the intake and exhaust sides. They can be used for all sorts of things. Many times a vehicle is muffled up to study the radiated noise of the engine or transmission or any assortment of other things without the intake or exhaust being in the data. We also use them to study how much the dirty side intake duct contributes to the overall noise heard at the drivers position and many other tests.