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I acquired it in the late 70's. It appeared well used then. My guess is mfgrd in the 60's. I know to most of us it was not that long ago. "Vintage" was for the youngsters on here.
 

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I think this is an RL springer, not sure if it’s original or not though? Also I’ve never seen an I-beam style front leg like this one and was wondering if anyone had any info on it? Thanks fellas!
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What stem is it?

RL's were all 7/8 standard, also shorter than a VL. I also thought RL's were all front leg I beam.. but I'm not hugely versed on them. I know to make them fit a Big twin they need a fair bit of work!

Looks in great shape too!
 

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Hey, Gonzo. If it's no inconvenience, would you post a pic or two of the whole springer (as opposed to detail shots)? A side view and a full-frontal would be swell. Thanks.
 

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Yeah man, I'll grab you a couple tomorrow. Thanks for the info rhysmort! It's a 1" stem pressed in, ran it on my pan. Couldn't find a pic of front legs like that but I thought it was a VL at the time. I see some now, but not many out there it seems like

Hey, Gonzo. If it's no inconvenience, would you post a pic or two of the whole springer (as opposed to detail shots)? A side view and a full-frontal would be swell. Thanks.
 

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Hey man. Sorry, forgot about these pics but here ya go

Hey, Gonzo. If it's no inconvenience, would you post a pic or two of the whole springer (as opposed to detail shots)? A side view and a full-frontal would be swell. Thanks.
 

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Thank you. (I forgot about it too.)

Pretty sure I've never seen I-beam front legs before. Says here (Wiki) that the RL was produced 1932-36. Were the forks exclusive to that model, anybody know?
 

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I just sent pics of that front leg to a buddy the other day. That thing is neat. He's extending an I-beam right now, and that one popped into my head.

I wonder if that's not some sort of flat stock bent and added to a more pedestrian front leg, then welded and cleaned up.
 

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Huh.

Looking at post 683, pics #3 and 4, I would guess not. To me the front legs look too deeply indented to be modified cylindricals.
 

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Yeah, I’ve done some research and can’t find any info on it or find similar pics. looks like it was cast that way, doesn’t appear to have been modified. 🤷‍♂️
 

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Not sure if this thread is still active but can anyone tell me what this Springer is. I've attached a couple of photos including numbers stamped into the side. Thanks
 

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Not sure if this thread is still active but can anyone tell me what this Springer is. I've attached a couple of photos including numbers stamped into the side. Thanks
Early Dick Allen. Round stock under the springs, inline trees (sugar bear springers which took over that design had offset trees) , dick allen rockers, harley spring bridge (early dick allen springers used a few parts off original harley springers). The number in the legs looks to be a social security number. It should also be heavy, as they were made with solid bar stock.
 

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Hey Zeeman thanks for the info. The Springer is heavy as hell. Is there any where you can point me to get some verification that it is an early dick Allen.
Thanks a bunch
The best resources for info on Dick Allen are: the Chopper Handbook page -


Or search the tag dick allen on the MC Art blog, or Irish Rich's Applied Machete blog. All the info there you could want.
 

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Dick Allen/Sugar bear are great springers. As Zee has stated all OG by the look of it too. I'm not 100% certain (i'm sure somebody will confirm or correct me) but I believe the stem and the like was braised as well. Simple to maintain and the only real wear is in the bushings!
 

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Early Dick Allen. Round stock under the springs, inline trees (sugar bear springers which took over that design had offset trees), Dick Allen rockers, Harley spring bridge (early Dick Allen springers used a few parts off original Harley springers). The number in the legs looks to be a social security number. It should also be heavy, as they were made with solid bar stock.
Wow, a very detailed and excellent rundown/identification of the maker of this springer and in short order too!! That's why the JJ rules when it comes to this stuff!! Thank you, Zeeman!!!
 
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