Invention: Counter-Rotating Brake Rotors
Courtesy of Bill Syfan
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 Robbie Kasten at 239-281-2903.
(Since posting this press release, Robby Kasten, the inventor of the counter-rotating brake rotor design, contacted us with more information he wished to add - Ed.)
I have read a few forums on the subject of counter-rotating brakes and am writing this to address what is probably the worst misconception in all of motorcycling.
Myth: The gyroscopic force of the front wheel is the reason that motorcycles countersteer.
The truth: Motorcycles counter steer because they are never laterally stable! When a rider applies steering input to a motorcycle it falls in the opposite direction because there is nothing to hold it up. Steering a motorcycle (or bicycle) is an act of balancing the machine between gravity and lateral acceleration. The gyroscopic precession of the front wheel only resists your efforts to control the motorcycle.