Inverted fork trivia...

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While watching Motorcross Files last week, I noticed that the forks Brad Lackey ran on his 1982 Suzuki, much to the factory's disdain, were inverted! He won the championship that year but it took, what, twenty years for them to become "main stream". I must say I was shocked to see inverted forks on a film from back in the caveman days! :cool:
 
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I think 1989 was the first year they were on the all bikes except Kawasaki did not put them on tell 1990
 

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I think White Power was dabbling in inverts back in 75' or 77'...........I think, I know ATK started using them in 85'
 
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Humph.....
I guess 1990 seems like yesterday and 1982 seems like way-back-when... go figger!
 

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I can remember somebody putting forks on both the front and rear of the bike.Not sure if it was simmons?
 

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Factory Harley Davidson fitted one of their MX bikes with a fork in place of the rear shocks. They practiced with it but I don't think they ever raced.

As for inverted forks, motorcycles have been around for over a century. It would not surprise me if someone tried inverted forks on a street bike 50 or more years ago.
 

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OldTimer said:
Humph.....
I guess 1990 seems like yesterday and 1982 seems like way-back-when... go figger!
They were both just yesterday... right?
 
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While watching Motorcross Files last week, I noticed that the forks Brad Lackey ran on his 1982 Suzuki, much to the factory's disdain, were inverted! He won the championship that year but it took, what, twenty years for them to become "main stream". I must say I was shocked to see inverted forks on a film from back in the caveman days! :cool:
Caveman days? I resent that statment, Lol, we may have been cave men, while inventing everything under the sun, but at least we had the nutz! Now you youngins' are a bunch of spoiled rotten, winey fruits. The forks you were referring to are know as the mighty Simmons UDX-60's and they were used on almost any thing! Those old timer bikes you refer to were new back in the day and boy were they trick! Hell the Honda z-50 used a form of usd forks. Usd forks are good for strength at the bars, good for heavy impacts and mega jumps. But I will tell you, conventional forks are smooth as silk in off road, trail, and enduro riding situations. They ride just like a Cadilac, Cave man, my arse......