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Post  ron.wright26@gmail.com on Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:38 pm

I have a FB Falcon 74 which I am considering converting to green lane trim. It is currently for sale on the forum as I am considering my options as the bike is complete and unmolested. However I have been reading Arthur Gents bible on the FB and I have noted that the later model trials bikes were fitted with roadholder forks which must a big improvement on the forks currently fitted to my bike. How difficult is it to fit these roadholder forks and hw easy is it to source a second pair and off which model of bikes. For example would the forks from the 250cc Norton Navigator fit on the FB. All help would be gratefully received.

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Post  piston 197 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:02 pm

The 250cc Norton has the same forks as the FB ( not roadholders !) the 350cc and 400cc Norton have Roadholder forks, but these are Short Roadholders

The forks used in the competition FB's were Long Roadholders, but had special yokes specifically for the FB use/fitment

If you are not looking to be eligible for pre 65 events I would look at grafting in a pair of Japanese trail bike forks/front wheel from the 70's TY,DT, Yamaha, TL.XL Honda or Similar, it will mean some conversion to headstock bearings, but easily enough done

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Post  ron.wright26@gmail.com on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:53 pm

Thanks for the info. Has any forum member fitted a set of Japanese Trail bike forks. What were your experiences and what recommendations can anyone make.

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Post  ron.wright26@gmail.com on Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:25 pm

Out of the blue a motorcycle friend contacted me. He was having a clear out of his garage and he has offered me the following which I hope to fit to the Falcon 74. Top and bottom yokes from a Honda TL125. 21" front wheel with brake plate together with a set of forks believed to be from a Suzuki which will fit into the TL yokes. It will be a few weeks before I get around to seeing if these can be made to fit the FB frame. Any comments always welcome.

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Post  kerabo on Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:50 pm

One thing you may find and it hepprnd when I fitted the norton forks was the centre stand if you have one don't touch the floor as the bike was higher.
Not a major problem but be ready for it.
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Post  ron.wright26@gmail.com on Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:16 am

Thanks Ken. I doubt if I will keep the centre stand due to ground clearance issues and have decided to strip the Falcon and rebuild the bike in green lane trim. This will mean that I will have the following parts for sale in the future. None of the items have any serious corrosion, just surface rust with very little pitting.
Front mudguard
Rear mudguard with light assembly
Front headlight
Seat with orginal cover in green. Hand stitched repair around some of the white piping. Base is in very good condition.
Both side panels
Front forks
Front wheel - serviceable but chrome past its best.

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Post  kerabo on Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:24 pm

Hi Ron
Keep us informed how the conversion goes.
I have a FB trials bike but am in he process of getting on the road a green lane project with FB forks.

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