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Reinventing the Motorcycle Wheel

  Posted at 09:18:41 AM
  File under  New Products Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Osmos Wheel
Now here's a motorcycle wheel that will interest "purists".

It's the Osmos wheel, a non-conventional motorcycle wheel without a center (hub) !

This is the creative design of Dominique Mottas, a French avant-garde entrepreneur and motor enthusiast. He is one of those designers that was able to reinvent the wheel !

Osmos Wheel
Mottas managed to design a wheel that did not have the traditional hub, but managed to design one with as principle a bearing with a thin section and large diameter (about 300 mm).

The rotating part:
  • a tyre,
  • a centre-free rim,
  • a brake ring
all integral with the rotating outer ring of the bearing. The fixed part: the non-rotating inner ring of the bearing on which the motorcycle's steering system is directly attached.

Apart from the esthetic part, this concept brings with it several advantages:
  • Increased precision due to the elimination of effects of deformation at the level of the stub axles and forks of the motorbikes.
  • Elimination of structural stress, vibrations…
  • Design that allows for the development of more rational steering systems in the future.
  • The greater the speed, the higher the roll angle, and so maximum stability is maintained at all times.
  • The reverse is also true. When the vehicle slows down, the roll angle is reduced thereby increasing maneuverability.
  • This system means improved roadholding and will undoubtedly be an added advantage in competition.
  • Increase of breaking power
  • Breaking power applied close to the ground
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Possibility for further development

Osmos Wheel
This sounds very much like a real innovation for motorcycles.

Though I'd say it would be a problem when you use it for off-road/motorcross application, on road motorcycles, specially sportsbikes, this might do the trick. At the very least, it would look super cool !

Click here to access the Osmos web site. (have a look at the gallery)

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