The Classic Motorcycle



The front forks were ‘upside down’ style telescopic­s, with the sliders moving inside the stanchions that enclosed the coil springs. Housings at the stanchion ends incorporat­ed a slipper/ roller arrangemen­t that could be adjusted to take

up wear.

The rear suspension was by swinging arm. This was a triangulat­ed structure, two straight tubes each side that pivoted just above the gearbox on bronze bushes. The lower part of the assembly was connected to pull rods that acted on springs contained in tubular housings that ran, out of sight, beneath the engine and gearbox. Above the rear spindle was a Hartford type friction damper. More commonly found on prewar cars, it uses a scissor action between sub-frame and

swinging arm.

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