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On al­most all road bikes, the crankshaft turns in the same di­rec­tion as the wheels. But as with Mo­togp bikes, the new Pani­gale V4 gets a counter-ro­tat­ing crankshaft. Its benefits are in gy­ro­scopic ef­fect and in­er­tia, im­prov­ing han­dling and di­rec­tional agility.

A counter-ro­tat­ing crankshaft pro­duces in­er­tia-linked torque in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, low­er­ing the front of the bike, lim­it­ing the bike’s de­sire to wheelie, and there­fore boost­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion per­for­mance.

Sim­i­larly, dur­ing hard brak­ing/de­cel­er­a­tion the bike un­der­goes rear wheel liftup: how­ever, the crankshaft it­self also de­cel­er­ates, pro­duc­ing an in­er­tial torque that works against rear wheel lift-up, too.

New V4 has coun­ter­ro­tat­ing crank

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