Revving up the Development of Motorcycle Drivetrains with SOLIDWORKS


Baker Drivetrain, INC.

The Company 

Bert BAKER, a former automotive transmissions engineer at General Motors, and his wife, Lisa, launched BAKER Drivetrain, Inc., on the buzz surrounding Bert’s solution to excessive vibration in the Harley-Davidson V-twin motorcycle: a six-speed overdrive transmission. Demand was so intense for the BAKER OD6 (overdrive six-speed) transmission that what began as a tinkering hobby ultimately grew into a world-class manufacturing company.

Today, BAKER Drivetrain designs, manufactures, and sells an extensive line of motorcycle transmissions, primary drive units, and clutches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and enthusiasts in the motorcycle aftermarket. From a single product in 1997, the company has expanded its product offering to fill a 56-page catalog and has established a distribution network around the globe.

The Challenge

Expand design capabilities to develop, manufacture, and support a growing motorcycle drivetrain product line without adding resources.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS 3D design software to boost productivity, accelerate design, and drive manufacturing.

The Result

  • Accelerated design time by 50 to 75 percent
  • Cut prototype cycles by 50 to 75 percent
  • Reduced scrap and rework by 30 percent
  • Introduced first seven-speed motorcycle transmission

"We’ve achieved significant time savings with SOLIDWORKS because it gives us the ability to push our designs through prototyping, machining, and production support."

Andy Friar