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nate
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:34 pm  Reply with quote
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Maybe all the cool kids know about this already, but I thought it was an interesting concept.

http://www.reverserotatingrotors.com/index.html

In short: It gets tough to turn a motorcycle at high speed, due in large part to the gyroscopic effect of the wheels. At high speeds, it can take quite a bit of speed to steer effectively.

Solution: Come up with a wheel that has a couple planetary gears that mount to the rotors. The rotors now aren't fixed to the wheel, but are rotating - and in the opposite direction of the bike. This is supposed to reduce the effect of the rotating mass up front and make for a bike that's easier to steer.


Probably not something I'm going to need to install on the P, but maybe if I had a Buddy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:47 pm  Reply with quote
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Throw a kit on that bitch!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:54 pm  Reply with quote
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nate wrote:

http://www.reverserotatingrotors.com/index.html



First the Piaggio MP3, now this. Did those 50's cautionary tale films about giant ants, spiders and other mutant beings do nothing to convince human kind that the natural order of things is not to be messed with?

http://tinyurl.com/2nre44
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:42 pm  Reply with quote
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nate wrote:
This is supposed to reduce the effect of the rotating mass up front and make for a bike that's easier to steer.


Don't the rotating masses make the bike stable (an important feature with 2 wheels.)?
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nate
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:14 pm  Reply with quote
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But at higher speeds I can see that you're TOO stable, when you're attempting to twist your way through a chicane.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:33 am  Reply with quote
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nate wrote:
But at higher speeds I can see that you're TOO stable, when you're attempting to twist your way through a chicane.


Isn't that what countersteering is all about? And the reason why boyracers wear those silly knee pads?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:55 am  Reply with quote
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Just read the friggin web site. Even counter steering apparently takes quite a bit of effort.
Also supposed to help eliminate high sides, and tank slaps.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/176949/tank_slapper/?logout=1
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