A New Type Of Motorcycle Front Suspension. No Forks!

James Parker tells you that he invented a motorcycle front suspension much better than the traditional forks. It’s called the RADD system. Below is the video demonstration at the shop and on the track…(sent to me from Canada by Arlene The Biker Queen).

14 Responses to “A New Type Of Motorcycle Front Suspension. No Forks!”

  1. 1 Jim C Jan 2nd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Interesting and has some merit. Always good to see someone still trying to look for innovative new ways to make something

  2. 2 Len Hanger Jan 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    This is a neat invention. If it can be perfected it opens all kinds of possibilities to custom designers. Cyril is probably drawing a new bike as we speak.

  3. 3 Rich Metley Jan 2nd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Very smart. Hope James is well protected for his invention.

  4. 4 Sniperman Jan 2nd, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Sorry to burst the bubble gents………no “new invention” here…..Mr.Parker’s system is a derivative of other systems that have been around for years.

    BMW has had this type of hinged “A” frame with rotating control arms system for years. As I matter of fact, they started the development of this system in the late 80’s. Rumor is that they chose not to use it in their production bikes due to the high end cost. They have, however, implemented an evolved model hat utilizes the same principles on their present bikes. Whether the system works better than a conventional telescopic system……….I would say that is a matter of opinion……and also based on the quality of the set-up that is being compared to.

    If you look back in history, you will see that “Zundapp” back in the 30’s on some of their 250’s, had an A frame, hinged suspension system.

    Like I’ve said before in some of my other posts…………………………”Everything Has Been Done at One Time or Another”

    Best luck to Mr.Parker for his efforts and I hope that he succeeds with his plans for his system.


  5. 5 Bigalyts Jan 2nd, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Sniperman, you are right about that there is only New Old Idea’ I was told that the Finest Engineers in the World have and use the same device for their Secret designs and advanced Technology and It all starts with a Sony Camera.That System seems, “WILD” ! It looks expensive and complicated. I think that Forks are still a great Idea. Their simplicity of 4 Tubes and 2 sets of springs, and fluid seem pretty sensible. ow the Hell could you make that system, good looking? With all the time that Man has to figure out better designs and better ways, How about comming out with a way to get Obama to Resign ? If He sticks around for 3 more years, Mr. Parker you won’t be able to sell that design to anybody because New Bikes will be hard enough to sell, conventionally.

  6. 6 maroco Jan 2nd, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    It´s true there are many similar systems in the world, but this one maybe can solve some problems that others have.An exemple of good looking bike whit similar system it´s( Anima)build from Odissey Motorcycles in Europe.

  7. 7 Irish Rose Jan 2nd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    If it is a system that can be economically produced outside of the racing world, that would be great. It will open up new options for builders and buyers alike.

  8. 8 J Jan 2nd, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    lol- actually, Parker has done it himself, about a dozen years ago with Yamaha- cool bike, never sold well cause it’s too weird looking of a set up- we always buy style over substance, lol.

  9. 9 Alan Jan 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Yamaha GTS1000 – 1993-1996. Same suspension, same guy, same result. Works great, looks strange, won’t sell.

  10. 10 Jeff Nicklus Jan 3rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Hell with the front suspension …. I only wish this video clip would not start automatically everytime I click on Cyrils site!

    Over & Out,


  11. 11 Sniperman Jan 3rd, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    This is no different than Harley copying Yamaha on the V-Max with the V-Rod………..same concept, similar design……blah, blah, blah……….Harley went as far as doing a ridiculous show on Discovery on the development of the V-Rod and on how it took them 3 months to figure out what to name the bike……………..but the bright guy turned out to be the guy that worked in the mail room delivering mail to the big cheeses at HD and dropped the V-Rod name on their laps after seeing a V-Max ad in Cycle World! Wow….how original!!!

  12. 12 Mick Chadwick- Custom Cruisers.com Jan 4th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi yes Yamaha GTS1000 in 80;s and BMW as Sniperman says like Difazio centre hub steering or Tony Foale from UK or Bimota Tesi done in 70’s this is not a new idea at all- just a revamped mixture of all 3 .Mike
    go on google type in Bimota Tesi and Tony Foale ? seen years ago Uk premier chassis designer often used this design for endurance racing – in 70’s -80’s as less flex and dive obviously- check out http://www.gizmag.com/go/6645/ the Tesi was miles ahead so nebver took off –

  13. 13 Dr. Dave Jan 4th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I’m with Jeff. Turn off the automatic video please.
    I’ve looked closely at the Bimota Tesi. Very cool, Very effective, Very expensive, VERY ugly.

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