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every manufacturer to produce models with twin-shocks. Cost of course could have been a consideration, and Vincents were very expensive motorcycles. The Sunbeam S8 of 1949 still had a plunger rear end, and so did the Ariel Square Four of 1952. The Tiger 100 of 1955, however, had twin-shocks at the rear, as did the BSA Gold Star Clubman of 1956, and the BSA Road Rocket 650 of 1956. Race bikes such as the Matchless G45 had twin shocks in the mid-1950s. Once their effectiveness had been established it didn’t take long for the benefit of rear twin-shocks to catch on. So next time you throw a leg over your favourite classic bike spare a thought for all the innovation, imagination, and no doubt hard work, that went into making each successive generation of classic bikes safer, better handling, and, of course, more comfortable to ride. Matchless 500 cc G45 1954 BSA Gold Star Clubman 1956 this form of suspension on motorcycles. The single rear shock idea first came from Yamaha when its World Motocross entry used a mono-shock in 1972. Read about the Yamaha YZ360B, the first production dirt bike with a mono-shock rear end, here http://joom. ag/Rr3Y/p22. Another brand that derived much of its innovative suspension ideas from motocross, especially front suspension, was the British Greeves, which applied it to its road race bikes in the late 1960s. The changes in front and rear suspension over the years didn’t follow a strict pattern. For example, when the Vincent Black Shadow series C of 1949 appeared with girder front forks at the front, but with twin-shocks at the rear. There wasn’t an immediate rush for Ariel Square Four 1957 Bimota SB2 1977 Sharing your passion facebo 62 KIWI RIDER /Caffein eAndCla ssics