Many of the problems with plugging a V8 engine in a motorcycle frame is transferring all that power to the rear wheel. The new V8 motorcycle transmission developed by Sabertooth Motorcycles and Taylor Race Engineering aims to solve that dilemma.
Sabertooth Motorcycles, created in 2005 by Dr. Ben Daniels, is pleased to announce it has entered into a partnership with Taylor Race Engineering, the premier supplier of specialty transmissions for high-powered race vehicles, to develop a new multi-speed transmission for all Sabertooth V8 Motorcycles.
This will be the first transmission designed and engineered specifically for use in a motorcycle that can handle the torque and horsepower generated by a V8 engine.
“We are very excited to be working with Sabertooth Motorcycles on this project,” said Mike Watson, CEO of Taylor Race Engineering. “Dr. Daniels’ idea of ultimate performance is in line with our own vision and we are thrilled to be the first company to design a multi-speed, purpose-built motorcycle transmission for a V8 motorcycle.”
The new DynaClaw transmission will have 4 forward speeds and an electric reverse and will be used with a Gates Polychain carbon GT belt drive or a 630 chain drive on select models.
The approximate transmission overall gear ratios are:
The new DynaClaw transmission will be available in two standard configurations: as a manual transmission with a lightweight pull hydraulic clutch or as a clutchless transmission with a torque converter.
Sabertooth expects to have the transmission available for delivery in motorcycles by the second quarter of 2010.
“In V8 motorcycles, the transmission has traditionally been the weak link, said Dr. Daniels, owner of Sabertooth Motorcycles . “Transmissions used in other V8 motorcycles are notoriously fragile and limited to either single speed or two speed configurations. The DynaClaw transmission will be the first multispeed transmission designed specifically for the power, torque and weight of a V8 motorcycle and I couldn’t think of a better company than Taylor Race Engineering, with their years of specialty race transmission experience and engineering, to help us develop it.”
About Sabertooth Motorcycles
Sabertooth Motorcycles, created in 2005 by Dr. Ben Daniels, offers an alternative to huge V-8 powered bikes, v-twin bikes and other high-performance motorcycles.
Sabertooth Motorcycles operates a 20,000 square foot factory in Piedmont, South Carolina with in-house frame building, sheet metal fabrication, paint operations and assembly. The company’s proprietary frame and swingarm design has undergone extensive finite element analysis (FEA) testing to ensure structural integrity of the components under stress.
Sabertooth Motorcycles uses Ford Racing engines in its bikes, selected for their smoothness, reliability and awesome power.
Outsourced components from high-end brands have been developed to Sabertooth specifications in many cases.