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Old 07-24-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I'm trying to gather up as many parts from Iraq as I can for another bike, and I scored a complete NOS 32mm Ceriani front end the other day. I'm looking for a compatible wheel in a 21 inch with a disc brake set up. I don't know anything about the forks like axle size and I've asked a few folks through email who might know and have gotten either no response or a solid I don't know. Any help would point me in the right direction. Thanks guys.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:39 AM   #3
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Well, for what it's worth....I've never seen a set of Ceriani forks with caliper mounts? Most of them either have a lug type stop for a drum, or a tab to use a bar. Do yours actually have caliper mounts?
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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I've got a set of NOS Ceriani forks that I could measure but, I looked on e-bay recently to try to figure out what they were worth and there is a tremendous variation in forks. I was figuring on remachining the lowers to fit whatever axle the wheel I used fit. Mine have bosses for fenders but nothing for a drum brake. I was gonna fab an aluminum plate/axle spacer/caliper mount attached to the fender boss.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:11 PM   #5
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Default Re: Wheel Question for Ceriani forks.

Cosmopolitan was selling a lot of newly made Ceriani stuff within the past few years:

http://www.cosmotor.com/

Your 32 mm forks may be new manufacture. I don't know who is/was making the stuff, but it is/was sold as Ceriani. There's nothing on their website, but I suspect someone at Cosmo could sell you what you need or at least point you in the right direction.

Aren't 32 mm forks kinda flexy for anything heavier than a CB350?
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:13 PM   #6
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Aren't 32 mm forks kinda flexy for anything heavier than a CB350?

k model & sportsters up to 72 have 33mm frontends...
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:29 PM   #7
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Well, for what it's worth....I've never seen a set of Ceriani forks with caliper mounts? Most of them either have a lug type stop for a drum, or a tab to use a bar. Do yours actually have caliper mounts?

Caliper mounting plates were available for the Ceriani front ends. They mounted to the fender lugs and typically used a Hurst/Airheart or similar caliper. Here's a shot of Fritz Egli from 1969 on one of his Vincents. Not a good angle to see the calipers and plates, but it's got Ceriani forks with a twin disc setup.

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Default Re: Wheel Question for Ceriani forks.

I have 32mm on my 67 BSA, and never have flex problems. Actually I'm damn happy with them.
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Well I figure these brackets can be found or made fairly easily, and if I have any issues with flex, I can find a fork brace somewhere maybe. The only thing I have found for Ceriani 32mm forks is that they came stock on Penton 250cc MX/Enduro types. The Penton Owners' group says that Sun Rims were used, but nothing about hubs.

Nobatt- if you're gonna do that here shortly, hit me up with what you come up with. If not I'll see what I can do and send you some pics.

Sporticus- thanks for the link. Gonna check it out. A lot of shops I have asked have no clue- maybe these guys are in the know. I'm just trying to get the most compatible stuff together and take the least amount of trips to a machine shop (gonna have to find one in Germany and bring a translator). Plus my buddy has a nack for taking things into his own hands. Most of the time it works- it's ugly but it works.
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Dozer,
I've got a pair of the Hurst/Airheart caliper brackets for the Cerianis. I don't want to part with them, but I'd scan them with dimensions if you'd like.
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Cafe that would help me out. Thanks man.
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Hey Cafe thanks a lot man. That should come in useful if the H/A caliper is the one I need. My forks come stock on Old Penton dirt bikes, so I might be in business.
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