Chris Barber, builder of the Alfabike, left a comment on our story about a potential Ducati - Harley merger with a link to his latest project and I think you'll like this. I guess he couldn't wait for the corporations to merge and, being one of those "can do" guys, decided to take matters into his own hands. Chris has created an engine, based on a Harley Davidson crankcase and cylinders but topped with a pair of Ducati heads, desmo valves and all. Of course, there's a slight difference in technology, pushrod valve actuation versus belt driven cams and desmodromic valves, but that's the whole point of projects like this, ... "what would happen if?"
He had a couple of cylinders made up to his specifications by Axtell with a different attachment setup. Instead of through studs as used on a standard Harley V-twin, these cylinders bolt directly to the cases with their own bolts, the heads will bolt to the cylinders separately since the Ducati heads have a different bolt pattern.
Chris also had to design and engineer the biggest piece of this whole endeavor, the gear drive for the belts to drive the cams. Once you get all of that together, you have a real shot at having an engine again.
Think of the possibilities. Purists on both sides of this are going to have fits. I love it!
Chris says he's almost done. Stay tuned!!
UPDATE: The DesmoHarley is complete!
More drawings and link below: