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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2001, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Inverted forks

What was the first production roadbike to use inverted forks?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2001, 03:06 PM
 
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Ducati 916.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2001, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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That's right. The 1993 Ducati 916 was the first bike to use inverted forks. It was also the first bike to use four valve heads and Marelli fuel injection.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2001, 05:19 AM
 
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Actually my '91 Kawasaki ZX-7 had inverted forks i believe it was one of the first bike with the upsidedowns. It handled very well for a bike of its day.
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Hmmm. I guess my source was wrong (Performance Bikes, Dec. 2000 issue). So was that the actual 1st or were there others before it?
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2001, 06:58 AM
 
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I think the 1989 Gixxer 750 had some special RR model with inverted forks but it was very rare and not really considred a production bike. I know the 89-90 zx-7 models had conventional forks...
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Actually, the 916 didn't even come out until 1995 in the U.S. (there may have been a '94 model overseas, I'm not sure).

But I do know that the 1991 Ducati 851 had inverted forks, so that's one of them. I'm sure there had to be others before '91...
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-24-2001, 08:34 PM
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This is inverted forks!

How about this? It has inverted forks and it's a 1950 model!
1950 BMW R25/3
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How about the 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750.



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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-03-2001, 11:43 PM
 
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i have seen an old classic bike with inverted forks i think it was a Francis Barnet and i would say it was at least 60 years old and it was taken from a shed where it had been lying untouched for over 20 years.
i am no expert on classic bike so i cannot give any more info than that but it definently had inverted forks . I think the bmw mentioned previous had normal forks with a sleeve over to protect them and makes it look like it might be inverted forks
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