1917 Ackerman Spring Wheel

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Night Train, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Night Train

    Night Train Been here awhile

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    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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  2. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    I can think of a whole lot of reasons why that didn't catch on.
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  3. Quickv4

    Quickv4 Pro Turd Polisher

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    Wow, almost like a steampunk Tweel. Pretty cool!:clap
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  4. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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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.

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  5. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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  6. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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.
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