Springer Advantages: not many, the springer front end IMHO hangs around because it still makes money for Willie G and crew. It looks and feels old, a kinder word would be nostalgic. It takes one back to the good ol days. You should definitely try and ride one, to compare to modern era of oil/air shock.
Further to this, what is the stock length of a Springer front end?
As a reference, on this springer that measurement is 22", considered as the stock size.)
So too, are Springer forks good? Springers ride waaaay stiffer than telescopic forks, but damn they do look really sweet!! I'm constantly tweeking my springer, so don't count on it being less maintenance than a glide. The newer HD springer with the shock rides very sturdy.
As it, how do you measure a Springer front end?
Place your front wheel so the axle would be about 3 inches in front of the broomstick, then measure from the bottom of the frame neck to the axle hole in the wheel. This number will be your guide for the springer length you need. About 22" indicates you need a stock length springer.
Springer forks have two springs to soften the ride, allowing the bumps of the road to be absorbed somewhat before reaching the rider's hands. The hydraulic forks, filled with pressurized fluid, perform the same function, but with a much different feel on the road.
More rake does two things: one, it makes the wheelbase longer, and two, it generally increases a motorcycle's trail. Trail (B) is measured in distance (inches or millimeters) between the point of the front wheel's contact with the ground and a line drawn through the axis of the steering head.
Length from the center of the steering neck at top of triple clamp perpendicular to the ground. If you only have the frame, measure from center of top of steering neck perpendicular to the ground and add 1" to this measurement.
Fork length is measured from the base of the frame neck to the center point of the axle mounting hole. For any off-the-shelf motorcycle this standard measurement for the front forks is considered stock length.
Sugar Bear Springers are made in the USA alright, and they have been since the first one left the shop in 1972. And they're not production pieces, either. Each front end is hand made, one at a time, by Sugar Bear himself using a mill, lathe and welder he's had for decades.
While a Paughco springer will cost around $1100, a Harley take-off springer can run $1500, and a world-class springer like Sugar Bear makes will run as much as $3000, DNA springers regular sell for $500. ... The material quality and chrome is decent, and they are decent in appearance.
Raise the bike to an upright position, using a tape measure, hold the tape straight down from the front axle to the floor. Put a mark on the floor at that point. Then place the tape parallel to the steering neck, following the angle of the steering neck all the way up to the floor. Put a mark here also.
FL= models with floor boards. FLST= floorboard model soft tail. FX = semi ruber mount motor model, sport models include dyna low rider, wide glide,standard. FLH= electra glides rubber mount motors( ultra,classic,standard,streetglide,roadkigs.roadgl ides)
The main reason Harleys are so expensive is that the company has 40% gross margins and 23% net margins. In other words, most of what you are paying is pocketed in profits. The next reason is that they are assembled in America.
One of the reasons why are Harleys so expensive revolves around the branding of the product. Over and above everything else, Harley-Davidson has gone overboard in its creation of an iconic concept. To this end, when you get a Harley, you aren't just buying a bike – you are turning into a particular kind of biker.