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so why hasn't anyone (OK, insert d'oh here) thought of a front wheel drive modern motorcycle? I know it was done in the past (remember that thing with the engine in the front wheel)

Limitations? I woke up dreaming about this after reading the article about the reverse spinning disc on the front wheel.
 

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so why hasn't anyone (OK, insert d'oh here) thought of a front wheel drive modern motorcycle? I know it was done in the past (remember that thing with the engine in the front wheel)

Limitations? I woke up dreaming about this after reading the article about the reverse spinning disc on the front wheel.
Rokon still makes a two wheel drive motorcycle. Kinda looks like an offroad trike that someone forgot to put one of the back wheels on. Recently (within the last year) there was a review in cycle world of a conversion kit for dirt bikes to make them two wheel drive. The front drive shaft was a really thick cable so it had some flex when you turned.

The problem with a front wheel drive motorcycle for the street is the same problem as a front wheel drive car, you are asking the front wheels to power and steer the car which under fast driving is sometimes asking too much of the front tires. The best chassis layouts for handeling is rear wheel drive and all wheel drive.

Fi you think about a modern sport bike, they weigh very little. They have gotten to the point where they will stand up in a wheelie while accelerating thus putting all of the bike and riders weight on the rear wheel, maximizing traction. If you had a front wheel drive motorcycle with todays modern engines, yu would have a really great smoke machine as the bike moves forward the weight transfers off the drive wheel and the bike becomes harder to control.

plus you couldn't do those cool corner exit wheelies that the motogp guys do.
 

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so why hasn't anyone (OK, insert d'oh here) thought of a front wheel drive modern motorcycle? I know it was done in the past (remember that thing with the engine in the front wheel)

Limitations? I woke up dreaming about this after reading the article about the reverse spinning disc on the front wheel.
Rokon still makes a two wheel drive motorcycle. Kinda looks like an offroad trike that someone forgot to put one of the back wheels on. Recently (within the last year) there was a review in cycle world of a conversion kit for dirt bikes to make them two wheel drive. The front drive shaft was a really thick cable so it had some flex when you turned.

The problem with a front wheel drive motorcycle for the street is the same problem as a front wheel drive car, you are asking the front wheels to power and steer the car which under fast driving is sometimes asking too much of the front tires. The best chassis layouts for handeling is rear wheel drive and all wheel drive.

Fi you think about a modern sport bike, they weigh very little. They have gotten to the point where they will stand up in a wheelie while accelerating thus putting all of the bike and riders weight on the rear wheel, maximizing traction. If you had a front wheel drive motorcycle with todays modern engines, yu would have a really great smoke machine as the bike moves forward the weight transfers off the drive wheel and the bike becomes harder to control.

plus you couldn't do those cool corner exit wheelies that the motogp guys do.
 

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Last year the AMA, in their infinite wisdom, banned 2 wheel drive motorcycles from competition in flattrack and TT. That was after a prototype 2wd Yamaha finished the Paris/Dakar race the previous year...
I guess the AMA was thinking that 2wd would be an unfair advantage. I wonder if they would ban it if it was driven by a 1340cc pushrod V-twin with the fuel tank in the frame?

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Last year the AMA, in their infinite wisdom, banned 2 wheel drive motorcycles from competition in flattrack and TT. That was after a prototype 2wd Yamaha finished the Paris/Dakar race the previous year...
I guess the AMA was thinking that 2wd would be an unfair advantage. I wonder if they would ban it if it was driven by a 1340cc pushrod V-twin with the fuel tank in the frame?

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Yep I heard the Yamaha was doing real well in MotoX tests to. Breaking some track records in testing.

Had a hydraulic pump and a sensor setup that would send up to something like 18% of power to the front wheel and drive a small hydraulic motor in the front wheel. Definately the wave of the future for off road bikes....but the AMA I'm sure will ban it in MotoX if it shows up....when would probably put a stop to developement....race on Sunday sell on Monday.

I read the thing would just squirt right out of corners like a bullet.
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Yep I heard the Yamaha was doing real well in MotoX tests to. Breaking some track records in testing.

Had a hydraulic pump and a sensor setup that would send up to something like 18% of power to the front wheel and drive a small hydraulic motor in the front wheel. Definately the wave of the future for off road bikes....but the AMA I'm sure will ban it in MotoX if it shows up....when would probably put a stop to developement....race on Sunday sell on Monday.

I read the thing would just squirt right out of corners like a bullet.
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they are saying when they finally can get it into road racing it will destroy every track record. sounds awesome. i bet in the rain it will be like night and day.

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they are saying when they finally can get it into road racing it will destroy every track record. sounds awesome. i bet in the rain it will be like night and day.

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besides, you cant do wheelies with front wheel drive, what good is that??!!

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besides, you cant do wheelies with front wheel drive, what good is that??!!

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You can do a wheelie with 2-wheel drive though. I bet it would be pretty tricky to ride on a roadrace track. Front wheel slides in the rain often end in tears.

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