AWD drive motorcycles...

Mav

Old-Salt
#1
Apparently the US, in particular the SEALS, having been trialling 2 wheel drive motorcycles:



Fitted with beefed up electrics and cooling, along with a long(ish) range tank, foam filled anti puncture tyres, the AWD system makes the bike that much less tiring to ride.

Of course, it is available with Molle:

 
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Joshua Slocum

Guest
#3
are they fitted with diesel engines ?
I know Yamaha have been developing a diesel motorcycle single cylinder to allow common fuel systems
also hopefully less maintenance and no worries if a little damp
MCS did a piece about them a year or so back
 
#5
Nothing new to see here, and you ride a motorcycle, not drive it. 'Live To Drive' just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Edited to add: I'm a goose, didn't read that thread header properly. As you were.
 
#9
I recall a review some years back of a 2wd motocross bike in an offroad mag.

General consensus was it handled amazingly but was heavy as **** and broke easily.

I read that too. Cable drive down the forks to a bevel set-up in the hub? I believe someone also was experimenting with hydraulic drives around that time as well.

But some years back most things were heavy as **** and broke easily. Especially if some M/C journo **** was riding them.

Added: Just seen your last. No, it wasn't that one I saw, it would've been about '88ish when I read it. Yours mentions hydraulics though, I see.
 
#10
So they say it's easier to ride?

I can't see how that's going to happen over rough terrain. The front is going to have a greater tendency to bog down because of the extra weight which in turn will be more tiring for the rider.

It won't develop, beyond the military, as it would never take off in the civilian market (I bet there's a bike mag article laughing at it somewhere).

It's just not enough to replace a skilled, practiced rider.

What next? A single wheeled motorbike trailer.
 
#11
Are they using an diesel engine?
are they fitted with diesel engines ?
I know Yamaha have been developing a diesel motorcycle single cylinder to allow common fuel systems
also hopefully less maintenance and no worries if a little damp
MCS did a piece about them a year or so back
Petrol 4 strokes - with the long distance experience they're getting with races like the Dakar which is now using 450's, these engines are getting better.

I recall a review some years back of a 2wd motocross bike in an offroad mag.

General consensus was it handled amazingly but was heavy as **** and broke easily.


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I can only assume they've made it a whole lot more reliable... to risk giving it to a bunch of grunts.
 
#12
Why ????? get off and push or buy a quad bike
I'm with you on this, you can carry much more stuff on a quad too. The septics have even trialled fitting GPMG/GMG quad WMIK kits.

Ultimately, the only terrain bikes have the advantage is mountainous, which is pretty specific for an expensive custom order. Then again, they like to splash the cash.
 
#15
That's not a trailer, it's a fuel tank for that gas guzzling pig.
 
#17
I'm with you on this, you can carry much more stuff on a quad too. The septics have even trialled fitting GPMG/GMG quad WMIK kits.

Ultimately, the only terrain bikes have the advantage is mountainous, which is pretty specific for an expensive custom order. Then again, they like to splash the cash.
I suppose it depends how they use them - Pathfinder/recce screen with larger vehicles following probably requires weapon, comms and optics so you'd probably want a light practice bike.
 
#19
I suppose it depends how they use them - Pathfinder/recce screen with larger vehicles following probably requires weapon, comms and optics so you'd probably want a light practice bike.
Bikes also take up a lot less space when it comes tro transporting them.
 

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