# Rear Wheel Torque Equations

1. Jun 4, 2012

### willeng

I found some differing equations on the internet than what I thought on how to arrive at the rear wheel torque value for Motorcycles, so I thought I had better ask here to make sure.
One site said Rear Wheel Torque = Chain Tension X Tooth Count Ratio (front & rear sprockets)
I was under the impression that the formula was:
Rear Wheel Torque = Chain Tension X (Rear Sprocket Pitch Radius/Front Sprocket Pitch Radius)
At first I thought both would work out the same but after measuring some things & doing the numbers there is quite a difference in the final outcome.

Not sure now what to think?

Any help would be appreciated!

2. Jun 8, 2012

### kazx9r

You figure this out?

3. Jun 8, 2012

### Mech_Engineer

The answer is easy, since the pitch diameter and tooth count can both be used to find the reduction ratio:

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Rear Procket Tooth Count / Front Sprocket Tooth Count
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Tooth Count Ratio
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Reduction Ratio

4. Jun 8, 2012

### kazx9r

Hey don't give him all the answers.

5. Jun 8, 2012

### xxChrisxx

Why not?

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Last edited: Jun 8, 2012