KIWI RIDER 05 2018 VOL.1 - Page 60

Classics Words & photos: Rhys Jones Suspension Development I t is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of motorcycle suspension. It is an essential part of both handling and braking and, of course, provides comfort for the rider. One of the most telling examples of the importance of suspension, occurred in the 1960s when the Japanese manufacturing boom began to take effect. There are numerous examples of Japanese engines being put into European-built chassis and suspension units, such as the British-built Seeley with a Honda motor. The Bimota factory used Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki engines, combining the flair of Italian chassis and suspension building Greeves 250cc race bike at Ruapuna Brough Superior SS100 1925 60 KIWI RIDER 1954 BMW RS 54 Rensport