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First rides & tests
07 July 2009 15:59
MCN is the only publication in the world to have ridden the Ohlins two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. Watch the video for a tech explaination of the 2WD system and see MCN's Trevor Franklin take a test ride on the revolutionary machine at the remote Karlskoga track in Sweden.
Read more on the 2WD Yamaha R1 in this week's MCN, on sale July 8.
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As an add on kit it may be worh while , an option as it where like ABS
a 4 wheel drive car is better than 2 so why not a bike in my opinion bikes have not moved on in the tec and designe since 1999 when the wave of the super bike came our way, spin offs in handeling and braking came from there . Tyers on the other hand are a whole new ball game in the last 10 years and the amount of grip from a sports tyer is is much better than a decade ago . We buy them dont we !
With 180hp comes the ability to use it in real world rideing , hence the move by yamaha to keep all the power and deliver it in a useable form
And its interesting that they use an old R1 with carbs , I have 2 , why?
150hp on the road is more than enough and the old R1 delivers that power in a very usable way , the bike only need one gear in real world rideing because it has not lost all the bottom end power the new rev boxes dont have
If 2 wheel drive makes a bike more stable and rideable bring it on , would love to try that kit on my R1 !!!!
And as for the extra weight on the wheel and front unsprung argument , sorry if the front is not on the ground you cant controle the bike (ever rode a R1?) unless you are valenteno
All this reliance on electrolagizing bikes to keep the brakes from locking or the rear from spining is covering up the fact that the baseic bike designe need to move in pure engenering terms to inprove
so again why not 2 wheel drive , hub centers, no frame , same size tyers , proper crash protection
In my opinion its all doable , we bikers are are holding back designe tec coz we wont buy it , and so they wont make it !
29 July 2009 16:03
based on Mjroverhaul's comments;
Ohlins used the R1 because Ohlins at the time of starting the project was majority owned by Yamaha. Ohlins have only recently bought Yamaha out of thier stake,
so technically theres ya answer.
12 July 2009 17:54
R1 2wheel drive
The back wheel gives u the drive with the rather large tyre 'sure as can be 'if u drive the front on a lean, the more chance of losing it with power? keep up the good work::::
09 July 2009 22:43
Was there a problem with traction?
I has to reserve judgement on this 'inovation myself'. I didn't think modern motorcycles on the road were laking traction what with modern tyres and suspension. Most would be able to lift the front wheel driving hard out of a sharp corner. No front wheel drive would help there.
They have added a large dose of unsprung weight to the front wheel to upset the suspension and modern tyres were never designed to be 'driven'. At high lean angles I want all my front wheel grip to go towards cornering not have some used for drive.
It is a susperb answer to a problem, as far as I can see, doesn't exist unlees you are on an unstable surface like off-roading.
Well done Ohlins, but why stick it on an R1. You should have gone to KTM.
08 July 2009 14:54
well something like this is really an innovation! Congratulations to ohlins company who are the ones who made it happen.. Lets hope now it will be good on the road and that many companies will take it under consideration the make of 2WD bike! Who knows it might make the difference on track! MCN keep up the good work!
08 July 2009 13:34
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