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I saw this on roadracingworld.com, Tony

PATENTED COUNTER-ROTATING BRAKE ROTORS IN DEVELOPMENT

Fort Myers, Florida – Inventor Robby Kasten is proud to introduce new technology for motorcycles that can eliminate speed-related steering effort while increasing stability. Imagine a 1000cc superbike that turns easier at speed than a 125 Grand Prix bike. With Counter-Rotating Brake Rotors, steering effort can be the same at 20 mph as it is at 200 mph, while eliminating the possibility of tank slap. This new, patented technology is in the last stages of prototype development and is set for testing in March of 2006.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Kasten. "Soon, for the first time ever, we will be riding a motorcycle that changes lean angle almost effortlessly, regardless of speed. The system is very stock-looking, which was intentional. It will be bizarre enough when people see the rotor spin backwards.”

Solid Design Solutions, Inc. of Coral Springs, Florida was hired for development of the first fully functional prototype, and has done a superb job in meeting all of the goals set by Robby Kasten, the inventor. The services of Eagle Machine, who develop parts for land speed record holders, have also been enlisted in the project.

For more information, please visit www.reverserotatingrotors.com or contact Robby Kasten at 239-281-2903.

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http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,918,467.WKU.&OS=PN/6,918,467&RS=PN/6,918,467
 

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Interesting concept, I certainly hope the prototype responds as expected.
 

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Hmmm, I'm not sure about this one! Sounds to me like this might actually reduce the stability of a bike on 2 wheels! It's the gyroscopic effect that helps a bike stay upright. Take it (or at least some of it) away and I can imagine the bike becoming twitchy and far easier to drop on one side or the other.

I'll have to see this one in action.
 

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Interesting point. Presumably the system might be able to be "tuneable" by changing the ratios of the mechanism of the drive that powers the reverse motion of the disc. It would come from the factory at, say, a 1:-.2 wheel:disc turning ratio. Then, for a few Franklins, different drive mechanisms could be purchased that would allow the rider to increase the speed of the disc for "off road use".

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