Earliest Reference to a Fork Brace?
I was just having a conversation with Greywolf about fork braces and it occurred to me people might not realize how long they have been around.
I made my first fork brace for my own very first motorcycle in 1972. It was a 1973 Kawasaki G4TR, 100 cc endure with a dual range transmission. As dependent overseas I had a student job in the Subic Bay Metal Shop that summer. the fork brace certainly wasn't a new concept back then.
Anyway, that brought up the question of when did fork braces come into being? So I thought we might try to track down the earliest reference or use of a motorcycle fork brace.
The winner gets bragging rights (maybe a T-Shirt too).
This may be helpful. According to Wikipedia, the first production motorcycles with hydraulically damped telescopic forks were the German BMW R12 and R17 in 1935. However, undamped telescopic forks were used on bikes made by The Scott Motorcycle Company from the beginning of production in 1908, and the Danish Nimbus used them from 1934 on.
Last edited by richlandrick; 04-02-2014 at 05:56 PM.