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PROJECT: DMS MOTORCYCLE FRAME PROTOTYPE - REYNOLDS 631
Reynolds "531" was used extensively in motorbike racing in the 1960-1980's. With current high-strength steels, there is an opportunity for lighter welded steel space-frames.
Weight reduction for improved acceleration and maximum speed.
Maintain the required stiffness of the frame under racing conditions
Integrity of tube weld zones without cracking
Fabrication using current TIG/MIG welding processes.
Project solution and benefits
Use of 631 tubing to replace Cr-Mo/T45 tubing
Lighter tube with 800+ MPa yield strength in the weld zone.
The space-frame is 19% lighter than the Cr-Mo version.
TIG welded on the same jig as before, with similar diameter tubes
No cost increase due to tooling
Brand recognition for Reynolds 631 helps the frame-builder market the change in material and improves product margins.
Leading motorcycle designers in the UK, Spain and Germany are now considering a re-design for Moto2 GP frames to take advantage of the strength improvements (without losing stiffness) using Reynolds 631, 853, 953 and with the innovative application of butted tubes on some parts of the frame.
Reynolds 631 in the press
Moto Tech Magazine
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