Originally Posted by Rapid_Roy
A 1954 has an open shaft, I have seen it. I am not to sure about this either, but I have heard to from 2 different people. My bike had a very small tail light, that did not look like the /2 tail light, and was made in 1955.
Would they change the tail light and some other features and not call it a new model?
A '54 would be a /3, a significantly different machine from the Earls fork machines in many ways. By '54 the engines in the /3s were pretty much like the next gen machines--pre-/2s, if you will--but everything else is pretty much different than the pre-/2s, or /2s for that matter.