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Old 01-16-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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1917 Ackerman Spring Wheel

Here's something from a long lost corner of motorcycle history, the Ackerman Spring Wheel. The idea was to replace the spokes with sprung steel straps so that the wheel itself acted as the suspension.

Ackerman Spring Wheel
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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I can think of a whole lot of reasons why that didn't catch on.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:32 PM   #3
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Wow, almost like a steampunk Tweel. Pretty cool!
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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Here's a later attempt by (the real) Triumph. I used to have one for a bike I never built. One heavy bastard.

you don't see luggage racks on a hearse..........act accordingly
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:48 AM   #5
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just goes to show ya, nothing new under the sun....
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:02 PM   #6
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I went to see a Menonite family that rebuilds Duetz tractors. As I walked into the the shed there was a 4006 Duetz {40 hp] that had it's wheels modified to steel rims with coil springs inserted for shock absorbsion.
As we drove around the area I could see other examples like this peeking out of sheds.
Different orders had varying ideas on the use of pnumatic tires some orders use them , some don't.
RR's Catnip Hill to Peoria ___Loopin' Seattle to WestFest
It started with some beers __1500 miles to the Dentist
Skeedaddle to Seattle______ A 30 year old on a Three Flags Run
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