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What was the first single sided swingarm on a production motorcycle? (And this is sportbike trivia, so I don't want to hear about some 1935 shit pooper no name that I have never heard of :D )
 

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RCjohn said:
91 VFR 750. I don't remember when the RC-30 came out and I don't really consider it a production bike. :)
get 'em john.

btw, bimota tesi (if it was a production bike) had a sindle sided swingarm about 1989 or so. it may be on the front...
 

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88 RC30. And yes, it was a production bike. All WSB contenders must be a "production" bike or they have to build at least 150 of them. I remember seeing one for sale at at local dealer.
 

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You're wrong, and yes it is something you've probably never heard of. I'll stop now. I'm disqualifying myself from anymore of these "triva" questions. Hint: it aint Japanese, it's German.:eek:
 

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FZR400Tony said:
how the hell did it turn?
Oh dear God no! Not again! I don't think the board could survive another "How does a motorcycle turn" debate.:twofinger :D
 

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Oh dear God no! Not again! I don't think the board could survive another "How does a motorcycle turn" debate.:twofinger :D
agreed, the tesi must use some special red magic wands...

that's my story.
 

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and the winner is...

OK this is the correct answer, I think :D

The first production bike with a single sided swingarm was the 1980 R80 G/S. The system was called monolever (later on it was developed even more and renamed to paralever).

Here is a picture of the bike which also started the trend of big on/offs (more on than off).

Aris
 

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the proof

And here is a picture taken in 1979 showing the bike on which BMW tested the new design before putting it into production.

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