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Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks.

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Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks. Maybe you've seen it before.
www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japan...a-ht1-zm0z22sozawar/
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Replied by Sneezles61 on topic Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks.

It’s like having two rear swing arms!
So I’m curious.. which came first.. pogo stick or front telescopic forks?
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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks.

I'm probably wrong but it looks like it would work terrible for any sort of enduro riding. Also looks like too much going on for me...
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13 Sep 2023 16:26 #3

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Replied by Capt.Dave on topic Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks.

I guess I should weigh in on this. First my back ground. I was lucky enough to work for Roehr Bros in the late 60`s and early 70s. Were the distributors for VanTech products. Among other things they made Leading link forks. They came in 3 sizes, small for 100cc bikes, medium for 125cc and large for bigger bikes. All used 14 in Girling shocks. I bought a new 69 AT1mx and put a set on it. It was used in the Roehr Bros Add. The beauty of the leading link is more travel,lighter weight and adjust ability, you are in and out before you know you are in. Gabe`s write up is excellent.
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I like the look of that. The steering geometry doesn't change i seem to remember reading from a design much the same on an A3 KX 125 by a guy called Derek Hossack. Also braking is more stable from reading the same article.
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One of my favorite Yamaha trail bikes came from the factory with leading link suspension. 

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Replied by Sneezles61 on topic Interesting little HT1 with leading link forks.

If that’s yer bike, the tires haven’t seen much use…. Yet.. (:
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Photo was taken about 13 years ago right after I finished it. Tires were new then.
1963 YG1-T, 1965 MG1-T, Allstate 250, 1970 CT1b, 1971 R5, 1973 AT3MX, 1974 TS400L, 1975 RD350, 1976 DT175C, 1976 Husqvarna 250CR, 1981 DT175G, 1988 DT50, 1990 "Super" DT50, 1991 RT180, 2017 XT250
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