3) With their network of sensors, sub-processors, and connectors, MotoGP bikes are coming to resemble living organisms. Think how many times a flaky computer is traced to a connector; on a vibrating motorcycle, Mil-Spec connectors are just the beginning. This forward-facing ram-air intake has the central splitter to guide the flow around the steering stem then into the engine airbox. Some things never change: The radiator screen stops the bigger pebbles (flung off sticky, spinning rubber) from causing a leak or hammering the fins flat. Note number 46 on the brake-lever guard.
4) Anyone remember when 35mm was a huge fork tube? These are surely 48s or even 50s. Riders don’t want the wishy-washy feeling of flubbery flexibility when they are braking; they need all the information the tire is sending, and stiffness transmits it. Get a load of the master cylinder: pale green line to the reservoir, banjo on the bottom to the caliper lines, and the forward-projecting line pressure sensor. Brake lever is hinged vertically to cut the danger of breakage in a get-off. See the two turns of stainless safety-wire wrapping the inner end of the throttle grip? Can’t have it slipping.