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Old 12-11-2008, 05:13 AM   #1
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Total noob has a front wheel question

Hey guys.

Went by a local dealer a few weeks ago to take a look at a Ural they had on the floor. If finances could allow it, that baby would have been coming home with me. So I have been doing some reading on the net, more for fun than anything else and have a question. What's with the offset front wheel? Why is it that on some hacks the front wheel/axle is not inline, vertically, with the forks? Does this relate to the steering issues when turning the bike right(here in Canada, left in England I guess)

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Old 12-11-2008, 07:51 AM   #2
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I assume you`re asking about why leading link forks are fitted?

You can gain plenty of reading material by Googling or Forum Searching for 'Leading Link Forks'.

The reasons for fitting them are many,a major advantage on a combo is that properly set up leading links can seperate suspension forces from braking forces,so your steering geometry stays effectively constant at all times.

There`s also less tendency to judder or twist and struggle with the side loadings and unusual forces associated with a sidecar.....especially an undriven one.

My 650 Ural was a 'Roustabout' model fitted as stock with telescopic forks.

When I got my 750 Ural 'Dalesman' with its leading links I noticed it was so much easier and sweeter handling in almost every situation that I fitted a leading link front end from a Dnepr to the 650.
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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They reduce trail,
and thus reduce steering effort.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
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assuming you are talking about trail, see http://www.tonyfoale.com/Articles/RakeEx/RakeEx.htm
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, I have much to learn about these rigs.
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