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Old 01-09-2003, 07:52 AM   #71
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Default Re: Orbit!

Pretty funny comment -- sadly not that big a joke -- too many riders are afraid of the front brake.



However, in my personal experience, use of the front brake is more likely to result in a lowside. Too much brake while leaned too far and the front tire washes out. My highsides have resulted from applying too much power while still leaned over, causing the rear to step out, which causes me to roll off the throttle, which causes the rear to hook quickly hook up again, spitting me off the top. Of course, it all happens so fast, it is hard to tell what I really did wrong, so my explanation could be $hit. Pretty sure that it never had anything to do with using brakes though.



I know Sean has some experience with this (we have seen some of the pictures to prove it) so maybe he can enlighten us more.



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Old 01-09-2003, 08:13 AM   #72
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There is a really funny satire about this thing on the amasuperbike.com site. Worth checking it out...

www.amasuperbike.com/2003-Jan/030108c.htm
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:38 AM   #73
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Default Re: Mr Leno your bike is ready

The "bike's" fuel tank is less than 4 gallons... so that means every 30 to 40 miles you have to stop for gas... sounds like a great idea!
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Old 01-09-2003, 09:49 AM   #74
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Default Re: Mr Leno your bike is ready

Now here is a real attrocity, even the Highwayman can out handle this piece of crap on his oil leaking Hog. By the way, isn't this the same engine that blew up in a mano a mano between a Viper and a Yamaha YZF 1000 a few years back? The powers that be at Chrysler must be drinking some electric Kool-aid in their spare time, and as usual they are spending large amounts of their budget on promotional gimmicks instead of building quality and substance into their product. I wonder if it comes with a 7-70 warranty swing arm to swing arm
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Old 01-09-2003, 10:02 AM   #75
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Default Just to say something positive

I'm pretty sure the engineering specs were for a 300 mph top speed. The prototype is geared for about 185 so it's a work in progress.



Given the source it's not surprising the thing has four wheels, but it needs them anyway. Consider:

1) Track is 10 in rear and 8.5 in front. Combined tire width isn't so different from drag bike specs.

2) Each tire supports 1155 (1.4 x 825) lb. at 1 G acceleration or braking so a 300 mph rating isn't out of the question.



That takes care of straight line salt flat runs, but how about leaned over?

1) Now you're on two wheels

2) You're putting the same force (1650 x 1.4 / 2) on each of them.

3) It still sort of works out, but imagine turning this thing at over 200 mph!



As geared commercially available tires will serve.
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:46 PM   #76
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Four wheel independent suspension. You are not on two wheels when you are leaned over -- you're on four. That's the most interesting thing about this, er, vehicle. Check out some of the links I posted above.
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:07 PM   #77
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Default Re: Mr Leno your bike is ready

It seems like little more than a 10 cylinder penile implant.

Hey Dodge: Where is the 24 Valve Cummins Turbo Diesel version ?
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Old 01-10-2003, 01:43 AM   #78
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Dipstick?

WooHoo! At least someone finally rated one of my posts...

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Old 01-10-2003, 03:16 AM   #79
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Default Re: Why not build a real motorcycle, Chrysler?

And Volvo is owned by Ford, which also owns a significant portion of Mazda; Jaguars, Aston Martins and Range Rovers are also Fords, Daewoos are now GMs, Rolls Royce's are BMWs, and Bentleys are VWs.



Sort of like Ducati is majority owned by a US trading company.



The joys of globalization.
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Old 01-10-2003, 03:37 AM   #80
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Default Wow, you'r right!

Missed that. That takes care of notchy lean transitions and shares the load at about 560 lb/wheel.

I wouldn't be tentative about calling this a vehicle though.

Thanks for the correction. Nice links, too.



Gratefully, Jule
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