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I heard a rummor that the 2006 Yamaha R1 is going to be a 2 wheel drive bike...sounds like a load of crap to me. just wondering if anyone can confirm this one way or another.
 

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I can't confirm it, but I have read of testing done with two wheel drive R1's, the tests they did on them showed that they were a second faster around in the track in the rain, but that was about the only advantage. I don't think they would come out with that in production, but anything is possible now.
 

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skibum91 said:
I can't confirm it, but I have read of testing done with two wheel drive R1's, the tests they did on them showed that they were a second faster around in the track in the rain, but that was about the only advantage. I don't think they would come out with that in production, but anything is possible now.
Husquavarna sp? i know makes a 2wd dirtbike...or atleast they did...

but IMO its just more parts to break, then are actaully use full...how many people race in the rain??? dirt yes...street..pointless
 

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It's possible,
this is already used by some of Yamaha's off road bikes.

it works by hydrolics. An oil line is run to the front axle, which has a drive system. Its not like it will give as much traction as the rear but it will make up for the lost power when a rear wheel starts to drift :headscrat
 

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yeah i've seen it on dirtbikes and its going to be mass produced for off-road pretty soon (yamaha/honda are well into R&D/prototypes)...yamaha actually already has a dirtbike available with the 2wd system, but i wouldnt think they'd try it on a high-output bike like the R1, i hear the parts break frequently on just the 250's


on a side note, there's another rumor of the new busas coming with 1500cc's....hmmmm
 

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The yamaha Dakar team bikes had a hydraulic 2WD system on them, and performed rather well. There is a guy who builds MECHANICAL 2WD systems that work REALLY well, I think his initial prototype is on a CRF450.

It could be pretty cool, but from what I have heard it takes ALOT of getting used to.
 

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Thats really sweet. I wonder when the first actual prototype was thought of and drawn up. because the basic technology has really been around since the 70s at least if not longer. i know there was old clunky 2wd 2 wheeled stuff years back( i think a company called rokon maybe made something). Just now in somewhat recent years someone decided to run the front wheel hydraulically. I dunno how efficient it would be on an r1........ but i still thinks its cool shit.
 
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