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Posted 1/13/2014 6:38:54 PM
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Pardon my newbness, but I am a serious builder of my 40% BatPod, hoping to have it ready for a parade in July.

I have a pretty good handle on the design, but still can't quite figure out what the purpose is for the shock on the front end, under the fork tube. Is it just a sort of steering stabilizer, providing resistence to the spindle, to reduce woddle etc? Or is it purley a holleywood aesthetic thing? And insight would be appreciated, thanks.
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Purely a Hollywood aesthetic thing. Nothing more.

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Posted 1/16/2014 12:08:54 AM
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Hi lads,

I disagree although hesitantly....

I couldn't quickly find a picture which showed mounting points. That said I think its quite reasonable that it may be a steering dampner like the type that is required on road registered bikes (here in Australia at least). I know it isn't on the road as such but they may have added it for control purposes like one hand or no hand steering.

If I get a chance I will have a further look for a picture that clearly shows the front mounting point.

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Posted 1/16/2014 1:11:37 AM


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Yep.. appears to be a dampner connected to the front gun case. The case does move with the steering but whether or not its functional is anyone's guess. I'd be guessing not. I can't see how connecting a damper to a secondary object attached to the steering mech would be of any use.



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Posted 1/17/2014 1:28:39 AM
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Actually spidy4fun I think that makes perfect sense. As long as one end connects to the frame and the other is connected to the hub then the rest is just geometry so that it doesn't interfere with the steering movement. I thought it may have been on a pitman arm but the gun case would do exactly the same. In the straight ahead position the damper should be at half stroke and shorten to go left and extend when you go right, but on a standard motorcycle its primary function is to aid in steering control. Actually I just wiki'd and for those interested here's a link.....
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steering_damper

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