March 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm #36043EddiebKeymaster
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter
- Town/City: Tauranga
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
Random thought of the day: Why do most motorcycles have their drivelines on the left hand side?
While over the years motorcycles have had drive lines on either side of the vehicle as you sit on them but by a vast majority for most motorcycles the driveline seems to be on the left hand side.
Is there a technical, social, political or any other reason for this?
Harley seems to make it’s big block models with a left side driveline, but the Sportsters are on the right. For most KTM’s the chain is on the left but with the 640 LC4 models the chain was on the right, BMW has made the R1200GS with the driveshaft on both sides in different iterations of the model. I can’t recall ever seeing a japanese manufactured bike with the driveline on the right side.
Got any ideas?March 4, 2021 at 7:17 pm #36064Andrew ThomsonParticipant
Rank: 1000cc Rider
- Bike: Super Tenere, Concours 14, WR250R, RMX450Z
Maybe just for looks? Not many bikes with side stands on the right so when lent over to the left on the stand you don’t see some mucky old chain? Mufflers look better than chains?June 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm #36634DpslingerParticipantRank: 125cc Rider
I presume it has to do with the rotation of the engine etc.August 16, 2021 at 11:47 am #36943Don WardellParticipantRank: 50cc Rider
For higher-capacity members: Keep having fun dwelling on mechanical enantiomorphism reasons, but consider that maybe the Rider’s likely proclivity for crural dexterity is the basis.
For members with 50cc brains like mine: Watch football on TV. Notice goal kickers are predominantly right-footed. Put kick start on right side. Put drive train on much-easier-to-design other side.
Damn! It has happened again! I will have to jump on the bike and cool my head down with some wind.
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