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The rear caliper on the Daytona race bike pictured is free to rotate on bearings on the axle same as the bevel box. Its just an inverted version of the bevel box and the torque is provided by the brak

Hmmmm , sounds like a new topic time .   My First Crash & Burn . 

Starting on page 53, bottom of the first column, they describe the Dr. John rear suspension...

Bimota tried solving the brake and fork flex back in the 80’s with the Tesi

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Even raced it a few times. It did work to eliminate the changing geometry. Unfortunately the rods and such when starting to wear out would completely screw it up. It was a design best used for racing where the suspension would be rebuilt after each race. 
 

A few hundred were built for road use and are highly sought after. If you can find one for sale, expensive as well.  

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22 hours ago, Mikko said:

Bimota tried solving the brake and fork flex back in the 80’s with the Tesi

B42-B3263-CC0-A-461-F-85-BE-3-DD99-A5-D9

1-AD81-CA1-E577-4-DF9-BE73-16-C85846-D52

Even raced it a few times. It did work to eliminate the changing geometry. Unfortunately the rods and such when starting to wear out would completely screw it up. It was a design best used for racing where the suspension would be rebuilt after each race. 
 

A few hundred were built for road use and are highly sought after. If you can find one for sale, expensive as well.  

I actually got to "race" one of those at Summit Point in WV. It was the one Dale Quarterley raced at Daytona.

Sadly, it had electrical issues and would not run more than a lap or so at a time. But it was very strange when you hit the brakes.

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On 8/21/2020 at 8:07 PM, gstallons said:

Was this a good strange or a bad strange ?

Well, I suppose it could be good. For instance, it seemed to handle bumps better while on the brakes. But it lacked the feel I am used to from the brakes, and it did not feel like it put enough weight on the front wheel when you were hard on the brakes.

All in all, I would say it was a bad strange. But I have no doubt there were good aspects to it.

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14 hours ago, GuzziMoto said:

Well, I suppose it could be good. For instance, it seemed to handle bumps better while on the brakes. But it lacked the feel I am used to from the brakes, and it did not feel like it put enough weight on the front wheel when you were hard on the brakes.

All in all, I would say it was a bad strange. But I have no doubt there were good aspects to it.

Yes feel and weight transfer were the major shortcomings. #1 priority on a race bike is front end feel. If you don't have that then everything else is wasted. The only people that had anything good to say about racing any of these style front end bikes were the people that had sponsorship ties and were paid to ride them from the Elf project on.

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7 hours ago, Lucky Phil said:

Yes feel and weight transfer were the major shortcomings. #1 priority on a race bike is front end feel. If you don't have that then everything else is wasted. The only people that had anything good to say about racing any of these style front end bikes were the people that had sponsorship ties and were paid to ride them from the Elf project on.

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To be fair, I could see where it could make a great street bike if you can get it to work reliably without needing frequent attention to keep everything in working order. And I wonder how well the Yamaha street bike they sold has fared over time.

But as a roadracing bike it leaves something to be desired. There is a reason why the Elf GP bike never really made that last step up.

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Ever ridden one of those old Honda 90 step through bikes, they have leading link forks with the brake unit fixed to the arm, when you brake the front end lifts up and pushes back at you on the handle bars.  Actually rather fun in a way but did tend to patter on the road if wet and at speed.......55mph!

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On 8/25/2020 at 9:34 PM, 68C said:

Ever ridden one of those old Honda 90 step through bikes, they have leading link forks with the brake unit fixed to the arm, when you brake the front end lifts up and pushes back at you on the handle bars.  Actually rather fun in a way but did tend to patter on the road if wet and at speed.......55mph!

First bike I ever crashed.

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