I think pilot weight has a lot to do with it. I agree with r80rt, mine seems ok, but I do not exceed 65 to 70 either, prefer a 45 -50 mph back road to the highway. the Enfield handles those roads far better than the Road King. I am 5"11 at 195 dressed in riding gear.I have never been a high speed rider so I really would not be able to recognize the symptoms that gashousegorilla experienced. But I am glad he broke from the pack and sorted it out for the rest of us. That is how innovation works.-Quinn
I still don't understand it, my C5 handles very well. I think the size of the rider has something to do with it, I'm 5'5" and weigh 175lbs with short legs. I sit a bit farther forward than most folks and I'm not tall enough to catch a lot of wind, it's feels a bit light over 70 but I almost never run over 60-65mph, it's very stable on the twisty roads around here and a ton of fun to ride. Or is this just a goofy theory?
I am late to this discussion but i hope this link helps. The author discusses a few options to brace swing arms which look like useful alternatives to others who want to give this a shot.http://victorylibrary.com/brit/chassis-2a.htmThat swing arm looks like a poor cousin of a torsion-beam axle and though i am no engineer, i am surprised (and not pleasantly either) to see such a design. As Chinoy said, there are motorcycles in India running what would to you folks be lawn-mower engines with better designed swing arms. Dan sir, great work with the brace! I am sure a lot of people will follow your path. I would humbly suggest flat sheets on top and bottom to form a box shape to reduce the possible deflection further. You could cut a circular hole in the middle of these sheets to reduce weight while keeping the stiffness. The only fly in the ointment i see is if something attaches to the small blob(??) between the swing arm pivot and your brace.I had one question. When the swing arm goes back on the engine, how would one ensure that the rear wheel is along the same vertical axis as the front wheel? I have seen C5s with rear wheels canted over to the left (as seen from the rear) when in motion.
Going by the manual when putting the swing arm back in, its should be aligned with two ruler like metal strips bolted on the top and bottom shock absorber.The reason you see the bad angle at the rear is mostly due to the chain adjuster splines not the same no on either side.
The blob as you so kindly put it , again was explained earlier in this thread. I don't see it as an issue unless you were to ride on mirrored roads .
Or maybe you were reffering to my fat little friend? Thanks ,Dan.
I did not mean the brace itself. Between the attach point of the brace on one of the arms of the swing arm, and the bar which also forms the pivot, there seems to be an attach point (The blob). I suspect the brake stabilizer rod attaches there? hehehe
Dan, I suspect their jigs and final products all have a little play. I was just wondering how much. I have a friend of a friend who's a welder and a couple of frame shops in town, I'm sure someone can do it.Also, yeah, just butted up and welded? While it's in the welder's hands I'd have him put some gussets on the joints at the pivot tube. Of course then I'd have to get the bushings out first....Scott
Can we change the name of this thread to 'Gorilla Swingarm Mod avec le 19"wheel'?And how does it ride with the 19" tire and 18" wheel? Scott