colinjay wrote:One thing that you would really need to consider if you are going to make your own front end, is the legality of them. By law in SA, if you fit an alternate front end, i.e. leading link (for a sidecar) or springers they need to be certified by a qualified/licenced mechanical engineer. You can get around this by registering the bike with the std front end and then fitting the springer front end after you have the bike on the road, but you can still get done and have your rego cancelled + fined if the police or Transport SA pull you over to inspect the bike.
miker wrote:The most bizarre front end I ever saw was in a 70's chopper mag. No way anyone would pass this as legal.
Imagine replacing your fork tubes and legs with a couple long leaf springs. Yep, that's it... just long flat leaf springs running from the triple trees down to the front axle. Slightly bowed with the weight of the bike, changes rake and trail as the "suspension" operates, looks like a youtube video waiting to happen.
According to the article, everyone who tried it would mount with trepidation and gingerly idle off around the corner while visibly shaking in their boots. 15 minutes later they would come skidding back around the corner, bouncing and grinning and yelling "Hey, this thing really works!"
Beyond belief, I say. But cool.
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