Harley’s First Softail … in 1918?

Andy H Harley-Davidson, Tech Leave a Comment

Not everything that goes through the US Patent Office makes it to the production line, but a forward-thinking William S Harley was thinking about rear suspension before 1918. I’ve long harboured the idea that a shock absorber up the frame’s backbone would be a clever solution when recreating the lines of a hardtail with suspension, and while Harley used his for the control of rebound – the main suspension being a looped leafspring in those pre-hydraulic times – I still reckon it’d work.US1266800-1US1266800.pdf

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