Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Found a Horseshoe...

Life is full of surprises, some good, some, ah interesting.

A curious piece from the world of sidecars came into the Man Cave, 
a UNIT leading link front fork... 

now before you ask WHAT THE HECK IS THAT? 
Well, it's from a defunct British company

Okay, here is a photo.

So still asking...   WHAT THE HECK IS THAT? 

It's a leading link. Okay and...? well it's a modified front fork commonly seen on a motorcycle being used for sidecar duty. It stabilizes the steering and handling as well as reduces front dive when braking.

I feel like the guy who found a horseshoe and a bay of hay. 
Now I need find a saddle and build a stable before the horse arrives.

So a new build thread starts. Don't exactly know where it is going, what it is suppose to be,
nor when it will be completed. It will be interesting, puzzling, frustrating, busted knuckles , adult words in multiple languages, promised ever receding rewards, sleepless nights, internet shopping, long hours waiting for FedEx deliveries, lots of trial and error, and maybe a working sidecar rig in the end. If not, who will shovel out the stable?

With everybody contributing ideas and suggestions, thus adding twists and turns to the process will keep it challenging.

Will have a million questions... like how does one know if a found horsershoe is for the front or the rear?



  1. Haha... Somebody stop me before I build again!

  2. I thought it was some sort of workout equipment. For fitness purposes. Haha.

    1. Hahaha, Thanks Lily, well I will get a workout for sure building whatever it will be.

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    1. Maybe they are crossdressing shoes? Go with anything? If the shoe fits.....

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    1. Those things cost a fortune!

    2. Those things cost a fortune!

    3. Thanks Richard, UNITS are getting rarer than hen's teeth since the company went out of business. The forks themselves should last forever with care.

      Always wanted to have a rig with UNIT forks, now I have the forks and no rig to put them on. Thus the build...

  5. Well, we found out the leading link is for a Harley Sportster. Hmmm, now to decide if a dual sport casual off-road rig can.. or should be built with a Harley. The sportster is not a fly-weight machine, but it does have plenty of grunt power.


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