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Author Topic: ideas for ammo box on front forks?  (Read 4406 times)

Joe28

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ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« on: January 19, 2009, 06:57:58 PM »
So I was glancing at the AMA web site and up pops a vintage Harley WW2 bike.
Hmmmmmm, looks like my '09 Military, (almost), except the Harley has ammo can bolted on the front forks.
That might look cool on mine! :D
So, now what to use?
It looks like the can in about as wide at the drum brake, (6"-8").
anyone have any ideas? ???
Joe
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 07:14:32 PM »
Interesting idea, but I would think that having boxes bolted to your forks would really mess up your handling - especially if they actually had any weight in them.

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 07:17:46 PM »
So where exactly is this ammo can(or cans) located on the bike?

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 07:35:25 PM »

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009, 10:41:03 PM »
I think it's kind of a not-so-great idea.

I personally wouldn't do it.
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009, 11:26:19 PM »
I'd think twice but touring bicyclists have been using front panniers for a long time.  Different speeds between a bicycle and a motorcycle but then again..................

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2009, 03:26:15 PM »
Well, my green weenie is gonna have a side car, (if it ever COMES in), so stability isn't really a problem.
That Harley looks like it has 50 cal. cans bolted to it.
I have 2 of those, (they worked perfect to keep 10 gauge shotgun shells dry when I was a BIG duck/goose hunter. Presently they have my bicycle tools in them).
I think those cans will be too long, wide.
I just think the bike looks "War Dog" like with the cans bolted on.
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2009, 08:32:38 PM »
Put the shotgun in a scabbard on the other side and go tooling round town.  You might draw some attention... 8)
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 04:59:58 AM »
Joe,
Sidecars have been in for a while

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2009, 02:51:28 AM »
Joe:

Mil bikes w/sidecars also had two cans on R/L side of the car nose. Even though the HD pics indicate a speed capability of 120, they more than likely avg'd 50 mph. Sounds like you have a plan.  8)
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 07:32:44 PM »
I've been contemplating making my '06 Military a bit retro, too.

I'd imagine you'd want to avoid mounting ammo cans to the lower
portion of the fork. Too much mass to move up and down with the
front wheel. I'm contemplating a change from the stock headlight
casquette to the Trials Fork Top Yoke and adding a separate, War-era-size
headlight and the rubber Fork Gaiters. This, I'm hoping, will free-up
terrain on the upper portion of the fork to mount brackets for ammo
cans or other payloads. I'll let you know what I find when I can budget
for the project. I'm sure the extra mass mounted to the forks will slow
down the steering a bit.

Prior to the fork work, as time and budget allow, I'll be changing-out the stock
seat for a solo saddle and pillion.

The stock ammo cans and frames are doomed to be replaced by
leather satchels. The stock cans are cracking from vibration and
one hinge has opened up and is rusting quite a bit, so I'm contemplating
real ammo cans as an interim measure until leather satchels are in my
budget.

Of course, retro control levers and grips are in the plan as well.

A sidecar is a definate! The icing on the cake! OD green, of course.
A sidecar will be the final piece of the puzzle. Along with the gearing,
carburation and exhaust changes the additional load dictates.

A duckbill breather will allow me to lose the can and related plumbing
and will keep the chain happily lubricated (I hear).

The battery will be relocated. The BLACK battery cover is on my short
list for painting.

Blackout lights, eventually.

The bike will get a thorough deglazing. Too much chrome!
Nature is helping with the deglazing. The chrome was shiny when I
parked it as the snow started to fly, but much of it has sprouted rust
over the winter. It's parked under a roof, but enough snow blew in
to help the rust take hold. I've read that the chrome plating is a bit
thin and needs faithful upkeep. As I'm planning to sandblast off the
chrome to allow the paint to bite, I actually looked forward to the
chrome parting company! What doesn't get painted will be parkerized.
A nice, flat black. There are some good parkerizing kits on the market
that move the process from the industrial to the amateur level.

I plan to eventually re-wire the entire bike. Neoprene-jacketed, multiple
conductor wire with mil-spec connectors. The voltage regulators and
as much of the electrics as I can hide will be put under cover. I plan to
connectorize some additional points in the wiring scheme to allow for
the inevitable WTSHTF (When The "Stuff" Hits The Fan!) situation. I'd like
to have a simple way to get home when something funky happens to
the electrics. A simple bridge from the battery to the ignition (gotta check
to see if a dropping resistor is needed), headlight and tail light should
get me to where I need to be.


I've picked up an "icon" to encourage the project. A Don R helmet.
As worn by British despatch (spelling's correct) riders. Made in
1944 and unissued! The Don R's rode through mud, bomb craters and
dodged bullets...all in a day's work. I had planned to let-out the liner to
fit my pumpkin, but learned I need to find the large size helmet shell.
It would be a sin to tear into this near-museum-quality helmet, anyway.
Soo...it's going to sit where it'll remind me to keep the momentum up.

Now that I've got a digikal kamera, I'll post pictures of the project as
it progresses.
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 11:18:10 PM »
  I purchased some Polish Army field packs from the sportsmans guide and am working on a mount for them currently..they were $19.00 for a pair and are in new condition.  Will probably make it a sling mount/pony express mount and drape them over the pillion seat.  Will report on my progress..hope your project works, I haven't ever seen ammo cans on the front fork.  Will.
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2009, 06:18:40 PM »
I too have forgone the metal cans, (too hard to permanently mount,  couldn't come up with the "perfect set",where ever I thought I could mount them too, it just doesn't look "right".
I did some looking @ and found at "Scooter Bob's" web site,( Works for R.E. now as a "big wig"-cool!!) (he closed his shop??? or sold it), any how,
He has/had a set of Russian leather bags fer sale.
They look "tough" !
I think I can make a mount for those as a pannier, (rain coat, really light stuff in them to keep the front end handling).
Ural has a cool fuel can for the rig.
Today project is to paint my nice shiney black side car green, (I had a paint store match the paint.
I think I'll hit the luggage rack, crash bar, from chrome to flat black, then hit the frame for the cans on the bike flat black to match.
I hadn't thought about a black out light kit, but hmmmmmm..................
The ideas are just flopping @ in my head!
Joe
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The solo seat is later.

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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2009, 12:47:41 AM »
All this talk of mounting on the forks sounds good but....
are you blocking valuable airflow that could be cooling the head??
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Re: ideas for ammo box on front forks?
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2009, 02:00:44 AM »
On a bike with a sidecar: If you draw a line between the three axles, you get a triangle. Any weight mounted outside the triangle will adversely affect handling.
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