Do WSB bikes need fake headlights?Mon, 02 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0700
Next year's WSB bikes must carry fake headlight stickers to make them look like their road-going equivalents – and Kawasaki previewed the new look at yesterday's race at Aragon.
The idea is to add to WSB's road bike links and to further distinguish the bikes from the latest breed of CRT MotoGP machines.
However, it means adding meaningless stickers on a large and potentially valuable acreage of prime sponsorship space on the bike's nose, with much of the rest already taken up by the rider's number; not necessarily a good thing when money is already hard to find in international racing.
But the real question is whether fans actually want to see WSB machines looking more like road bikes.
Are we not expected to be clever enough to understand that in converting road-going machines to racers the headlight are removed? Or is it a measure to make it easier to distinguish one manufacturer's machines from another as their shapes get ever more similar?
What do you think? Is it a good move to make WSB bikes closer to road machines, at least in their appearance or would you prefer them to be honest to their racing intentions and leave the headlight stickers well alone?
See also: Lascorz smiling in first post-crash photo, WSBK to Make Fake Headlight Stickers Mandatory for 2013, New 1972 Kawasaki Z1 only £720.