One of my most popular posts would have to be the
Know Your Man's Motor...
It seemed to be something that was helpful to many. We recently bought a 1952 panhead and my mom used her skills from the post to identify the motor : )
Based on that I am going to do a monthly post for Know Your Man's Motorcycle -This month is it a Hardtail or Softail?
First off, knowing what this is even talking about will help. Hardtail and Softail are referring to rear suspension on the motorcycle.
-A HARDTAIL has NO REAR suspension, it is also known as rigid. The frame and rear section on this motorcycle are all one piece.
-A SOFTAIL has REAR suspension, it is also known as a swing-arm bike. The frame and rear section on this motorcycle is two pieces, that pivot to absorb shock from riding.
|Notice tail section laying down near rear not connected|
-SOFTTAIL SIDE NOTE-
**All SOFTAILS are SWING ARM BIKES...BUT not all SWING ARMS are SOFTTAIL**
-Softtails you CANNOT see the shocks, but you can see a pivot point (hinge) centered in-between the rear wheel and transmission -
|SOFTAIL - NO SHOCKS|
|See Pivot bolt - Left lower corner|
-Swing Arms you CAN see the shocks-
So can you explain what hardtailing a softtail is?
It is when you take off the swing arm portion and weld on a hardtail section that will not pivot anymore. The bike will now be rigid.