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    Default home made springer... genius or junk?

    I was dicking around on google and found this picture. and for some reason i like it
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    Doesn't look like it is strong enough to me but A fuckin plus for effort. There is a reason legs are almost solid.. lol

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    I think if it was done with solid stock, round or square.... It'd work

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    Some bolts seem a bit thin...

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    Yikes.
    That looks scary.
    I think it would work with those shocks attached to the rear of the rocker and the rear legs......
    but if those little brackets holding the front legs to the rear for the "pivot" fail due to fatigue on the barstock or the bolts......that bike will not come to a gentle stop.

    A for effort though.

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    It doesn't have to be solid stock, i had a square AEE with hollow legs, and plenty of hollow round ones. It does look pretty scary though. Why is there a brace behind the tire? The biggest problems I see are some chincy material/ hardware, and that it looks like the top pivot thing (not sure why that's needed?) isn't parallel with the rocker thing, so it will not actuate smoothly.

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    So you guys are saying solid is stronger than hollow?

    Interesting....

    Edit: ^^^ Beat me to it

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    To me it appears that the front legs are located way too close to the axle, the welds look beyond horrible, hardware looks sub par, I wont even go into if it is hollow or solid, or the functionality of it.
    E for Effort, but that thing looks like certain horrible skidding flipping death to me !

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    the top shock mounts look like they would receive a high shear load if the forks were to bottom, those welds will
    probably crack. & the axle to pivot distance looks too close.
    I think those tubes would work if used on a frame with LESS rake, like maybe 30 - 32 degrees, with a little work
    on the shock mounts, & rockers I'd run it!
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    my Dad's VW trike, has a unique front end with a pair of shocks too. Made by some rad dude in NorCal, forgot his name.
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    Scary! The front legs are WAY to close to the back legs. The first BIG bump you hit, the front legs will slam into the back legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyroninFXR View Post
    my Dad's VW trike, has a unique front end with a pair of shocks too. Made by some rad dude in NorCal, forgot his name.
    Bob Bennett, maybe?

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    I'm a HUGE fan of linkage type forks, and I believe that with the proper geometry a linkage fork is superior to a telescopic fork (I still run one on my mountain bike) The damn thing is all the math involved that goes into making one and having it perform properly is pretty astounding when you have to calculate out the path of travel vs. the loads that the springs or shocks have to endure along with getting the travel path right based on wheel size, front rake etc. etc. etc. or you've got an expensive piece of shit. I did a crapload of research on my own back when I was doing product testing for Kline bicycles before I was running a shop (bicycle shop not moto) and simply put I'm not an engineer and I wouldn't want to trust the amount of stress loads that go into a linkage to someone that doesn't have an engineering background. I doubt that the stock square tubing has the right properties to endure this type of loading, not to mention what the failure rate vs fatigue cycles is on this stuff. I doubt that this stuff has what it takes to endure a pounding for very long. I'm not going to even think about the welds or grade of hardware used to hold it together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB View Post
    Bob Bennett, maybe?
    I'll ask my Dad.

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    http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/trike...Starthere.html
    thats the website for the springer in the picture. according to the site he runs then like this for awhile

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleezyRider View Post
    http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/trike...Starthere.html
    thats the website for the springer in the picture. according to the site he runs then like this for awhile
    Yep, that's Bob Bennett's site. He's built and run a lot of those with different variations.

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    thats DNA'S cousin, DNR. thats what will happen if you use it


    now, back to SOA.

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    Still looks too sketchy for me to trust it.

    I will say it does appear that he's done his homework but I just don't like the selection of materials, to each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmansporty63 View Post
    thats DNA'S cousin, DNR. thats what will happen if you use it


    now, back to SOA.
    DNR stands for Do Not Ride! Sporty now u can get back to SOA

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    That is one nasty looking Springer. Just looking at it you can tell it is not right. There are a lot of exotic Springers so shop around and save yourself - not just your money.

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