Originally Posted by Gordy
Good thread guys!
This month's issue of Dirt Bike
has a good article on MX history. Lots of stuff about Hannah and Tripes.
A twin shock Husky with Ohlins had a much better handling rear end than the first generation mono-hoppers.
And probably the second and third generation. Up until Husky bailed on them in '85, the single shock bikes were still trying to figure out rising rate, damping curves, spring rates. They bottomed, pumped down, vicious kick in the ass off a sharp impact. Even the bike mags mentioned how good the Ohlins were. And given how little Husky spent on advertising, that was a revelation, knocking the Jap bikes and their ad budgets.
After '85 everybody was in the same boat. And they eventually got it right.