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Tomac and Honda (Gearbox bike)

jon-boy

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I hope this isn't just a tease and there's some substance behind this. A Tomac/Honda collaboration could have an interesting and desirable outcome.
 

ods

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Feb 22, 2008
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If it keeps it out of harms way, gets rid of chainslap, doesn't become a over-technical nightmare (like some gearboxes out there), I think it's great personally.
 

dump

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Oct 12, 2001
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The honda bike was one of the most intriguing bikes of years past. Someone bringing this to market sure would be interesting.
 

Sandwich

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May 23, 2002
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where are the tomac pimps around here, anyways? tell us what's good, buddies...

really wouldn't mind a gearbox bike, so long as it shifts without pedaling. otherwise it's a bit of a waste IMO.
 

SylentK

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Feb 25, 2004
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Hell has frozen over! Dood from Nebraska thinks he can do a better job of bringing a gearbox bike to production than the enginerds at Honda? Awesome.
 

Sandwich

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it was. theres on a video on the internets with Minaar's old mechanic showing how it works
supposedly it was a cvt before it became a dx in box, but the cvt idea was garbage...the google can probably tell you better than i can.
 

kidwoo

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Aug 25, 2003
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If it keeps it out of harms way, gets rid of chainslap, doesn't become a over-technical nightmare (like some gearboxes out there), I think it's great personally.
Who said there was anything wrong with it?
 

project_d

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Dec 15, 2009
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I always wondered if the honda gearbox was just a derailleur and cassette in a box. I guess this potentially answers my question.
I can't remember if they applied for a patent, or they got the patent, but IIRC Honda designed an infinite gearbox. I saw the design and it gave you any gearing you wanted between preset max-high and max-low gears. I don't know if they used it at all, but I know they went to a derailleur in a box at some point.
 

NY_Star

Turbo Monkey
Tomac is the last brand i thought would have worked with Honda/Showa.
Joel is on this forum sometimes. Maybe he will provide some facts to this questionable project.
Maybe this picture makes more sense now.

Remember Honda at keystone not to long ago
 
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