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post #10 of (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 10:06 PM
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The Vulcan 750 has a fairly beefy swing arm, and the bottom shock mount is right at the end, so it should be structurally sound. Not all bikes are with struts. The Honda Rebel is one of them. It has a very weak swingarm, and the lower shock mounts are several inches ahead of the rear axle. This creates a weak point at the lower shock mount, and most of the forces encountered by the rear tire are fed into that location. The swingarm will eventually crack and break there. Sportsters, like the Vulcan, have the bottom of their shocks mounted at the very end of the swingarm, creating a triangulated structure.

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