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Old 08-04-2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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2WD Yamaha R1

Yamaha R1 Ohlins 2WD Review
By Trevor Franklin
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

MCN has become the only publication in the world to ride Ohlins’ two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. The bike which could have revolutionized riding – and may still – was long rumored, occasionally spotted but never ridden outside a select group of factory test riders, until now. We joined the Swedish firm on a two-day test at the remote Karlskoga track 200 miles north of Stockholm. The bike will now return to Ohlins’ ‘Area 51’ storage facility never to be ridden again, but not before we can reveal its astonishing real-world riding benefits, engineering genius and possible future.


Healthy regard for technical brilliance and safety – especially my own – has meant I’ve kept a keen eye on new ‘safety-based’ innovations in motorcycling. ABS was one such system. Fortunate to grow old with ABS’s intro and subsequent improvements, I was chuffed – after years of criticism and scorn – to see the final chapter ending with Honda’s brilliant sportbike-focused ABS. With this in mind we can forgive Ohlins for hiding its 2WD road bike project from cynical road testers like me. Until now…

First taste of 2WD wasn’t what I expected. Pushing the 2000, Ohlins road and track suspension-shod, Yamaha R1 around the paddock of Sweden’s Karlskoga circuit, it felt like the front brake pads were lightly sticking against the discs. The answer, from Ohlins engineer Leif Gustafsson, was honest and believable. New seals, bearings and fresh oil (synthetic engine oil) in the 2WD system meant it just needed the bike to be run to loosen everything off, rather like a new engine. With the bike warmed to operating temp while on front and rear paddock stands, the dragging front brake-feel disappeared.

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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How would the front or rear brakes not transfer through the drive line?
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i dont get how the front gets the power like that through hoses..
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i dont get how the front gets the power like that through hoses..
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:20 AM   #7
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maybe oil powered?but wouldnt it cause the front wheel to wash out easier on a turn ?
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i dont get how the front gets the power like that through hoses..
The front is driven hydraulically. Yamaha has been using such a system on a bike in the Dakar Rally for a few years now and it has performed reasonably well. It seems like it would be difficult to use on a street/track bike used on pavement.
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2WD is the future of motorcycles.

People scoffed a year ago (a few agreed with me though) when I talked about it on another Motorcycle Forum.


But if it improves safety, then why not? That's why we have things like a slipper clutch, to help improve safety.

And Honda has it's ABS which I think is a wonderful thing.


I can't wait to see how 2WD will develop.
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Pretty Cool. I wonder why all of the hype now? I saw this bike years ago.
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review: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/269/42...WD-Review.aspx
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Wouldn't this add difficulty to wheelies, stunting etc????

If torque is the correct terminology... How would torque effect sudden acceleration? In my AWD car, if I drop down a gear for better acceleration, it effects steering greatly... not sure how it'd feel on a bike.

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Wouldn't this add difficulty to wheelies, stunting etc????

If torque is the correct terminology... How would torque effect sudden acceleration? In my AWD car, if I drop down a gear for better acceleration, it effects steering greatly... not sure how it'd feel on a bike.

Any imput? Im curious!
stoppie game would improve
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Lol if you could balance it on the front wheel you could do a stoppie for... well for ever!
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probably more power loss up front, seeing as in the video they were doing wheelies just fine.
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they said the front wheel is driven from a gear on the front sproket so what happens when you spin the rear coming out of a corner , would it try to increase the front wheel speed
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this is dumb. useless technology. as is abs in my opinion
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