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Old 08-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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leading link forks?

I'm pretty much committed to 100% hack use on my rig so I'm interested in a set of leading link forks.

My pusher/tug is a '77 GL1000. Any "reasonable" options out there? What is the used market like for these forks (any options at all?)

All opinions are welcomed!

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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Doyne Bruner @ Apex Motorsports is a Wiz. He's got a new 6 deg triple tree at 1/2 cost of LL. I'll have the GL1800 done next week.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:31 AM   #3
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I've read about this concept, bot not really sure about the process. Is this a change to the triple tree (i.e. not easily reversible) or more of a bolt on thing like the leading links?

Also, does he need the bike in his shop to do this? Location becomes a problem for me in so many cases anymore....

Thanks for the lead and information!

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Old 08-27-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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Not sure of this one, but most tree mods are a permanant change to the trees. They basically cut your trees and extend them, for and aft, reducing trail. Or so the fella at Steerite said. They are way pricey so I'm still looking before I have my trees done.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:46 PM   #5
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Not certain if this link will work...the LL in the pix appears to be a URAL...I've seen them on ebay for around $800-900.

http://www.ngwclub.com/gallery/v/nak...antha.jpg.html

I have a 77 GL1000 with California tub. For sale...no leading link.
My 85 K100 has LL...what a difference it makes.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #6
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That looks..... interesting?

What LL do you have on your k bike? Did you do the install? Any issues?

Thanks!

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Old 08-29-2010, 05:06 AM   #7
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It's an EML LL (same as sidecar) installed at the factory (Holland) in 1985...24yrs before I bought it!
No issues. It's like have power steering.
I am fairly new to sidecars (4yrs), and I am mechanically challenged. I know nothing about the Steerite mod, but lots of people swear by it. I do not know if it conmpensates for lateral forces of sidecars. I like the look/feel of LL.
My buddy at CSR sidecars (Maxville, Ontario) builds centre hubs for racing/street application He has a homebuilt LL that would probably fit, if you are not into looks...it's made with square alum tubing, and frankly, I do not like the look. But it's Nascar tough.

http://www.csrsidecars.webs.com/

Here's mine...


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Old 08-29-2010, 05:14 AM   #8
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This guy's not far out of Cleveland...you could ride over and have a look!



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Milit...Q5fAccessories
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:54 AM   #9
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I dropped the folks at eurowing a note about the EML forks, we'll see how that goes.

I really like the Wasp forks, but haven't heard back from them yet. Any hints here?

The Unit forks are a little clunky looking to me, but might work if Wasp and/or EML wash out.

Anyone have any other recommendations?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:57 AM   #10
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This guy's not far out of Cleveland...you could ride over and have a look!



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Milit...Q5fAccessories

I've looked into this conversion, and while it can be done, I'm trying to persue the more "elegant" options first.

Also, at $900 plus the conversion to fit the GL1000, its not much less that the $2-3k ready-built options out there.

Thanks for keeping an eye out though!
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:45 PM   #11
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Wasp LL on a GL1500



Home made forks on a Suzuki 1100G



EZS forks on a Pan Euro 1100. Ive riden this outfit & it handles really well. No white lining as it runs only a 145 tyre.



Another Pan 1100 with EZS forks



Unit forks on a BMW K1000



More unit forks



Another way to do it!



And how about these? No idea of make!



Wasp LL on a 1300 Pan Euro


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Old 08-31-2010, 01:12 PM   #12
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Really nice forks!

What shocks are you running on these? Spring rate is? Floating caliper seems to be the consensus way to go. Any thoughts on this?

I wish Wasp would even return an email, but they are probably too expensive for me anyway...

Really nice forks!
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:32 PM   #13
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Ian,
Wasp forks run to about £1400,and use Bilstein shocks,you can also use your own shocks if you have a set,im surprised you have had no reply from
Wasp,did you email them in the UK?
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:37 PM   #14
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I emailed Rob at 'rob@rhind-tutt6362.fsnet.co.uk' last Thursday. As of right now, no response. Maybe they're closed for holiday?

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Old 08-31-2010, 03:17 PM   #15
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Really nice forks!

What shocks are you running on these? Spring rate is? Floating caliper seems to be the consensus way to go. Any thoughts on this?

I wish Wasp would even return an email, but they are probably too expensive for me anyway...

Really nice forks!
Ive e-mailed wasp recently & had no reply either! No idea whats going on there.
Floating calipers are the way to go unless your pivot point is as far back as possible & your outfit is heavy then non floating can do the job but not quite as well in my opinion.
I think my 1500 wing is running 190 shocks made by progressive suspension.
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