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Cannonball El Jefe Leaf Spring Handlebars

Cannonball El Jefe Leaf Spring Handlebars

Erwin "Cannonball" Baker would have liked these unusual handlebars during his grueling transcontinental rides in the 1920’s and in fact the design derives from this era when the first leaf spring handlebars were installed on motorcycles. The idea was to take some vibration out of the bars and add some flexibility when hitting bumps or potholes. However, we admit that you cannot expect too much in that sense. What the Cannonball bars can offer are stability and a unique style. They are made by a skilled craftsman in very limited numbers in a small manufacture in Italy so you definitely won’t see them often on other bikes. Choose from narrow Lane Splitter or wide El Jefe handlebars. All versions feature 1” Ø tubular ends to accept common controls and grips and a 2-hole fixture to mount custom headlamp/instrument brackets. Mounting hardware is not included and must be purchased separately.

  • for Springer Forks with threaded leg tops
  • steel, bare, distance mounting holes: 120 mm (center to center)
  • wire routing: W1 plain, without dimples (→1981)
  • measures in cm (rounded) according to drawing: B total width: 93 cm, C center width: 12 cm, T depth: 10 cm, Bar end straight section: 21 cm
  • Italy

Leaf Springs

If you choose a plated finish for your leaf springs make sure to prevent corrosion between the leaves with a regular spray of Pan-a-Lube or similar rust protection.

Installation

Installation requires threads for studs or bolts in the upper ends of your fork legs. Classic Springer, Hillclimb and I-Beam forks of the W&W selection have this feature. All others will have to be modified respectively.
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Cannonball El Jefe Leaf Spring Handlebars
20-971
$562.32
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* The price includes German VAT (19% or reduced rate of 7% for Books).

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Cannonball Leaf Spring Forks

Cannonball Leaf Spring Forks

The retro custom bike builder scene sometimes likes to experiment with parts of different brands on the same bike project. For example Indian parts are installed on Harleys and vice versa, with often astonishing results. Among the most positive mergings was the combination of an Indian leaf-spring fork with an H-D Big Twin rigid frame. This type of fork was used by the Wigwam in the 1910 to 1945 period which proves that this was a very successful suspension principle with excellent driving chracteristics.
Of course, the stock item doesn´t fit a Harley frame without major alterations, so W&W decided to produce its own version which allows such an installation without many difficulties. But, of course, not another quick and dirty copy with ugly welding seams and wrong rocker geometry. The Cannonball fork is a professionaly made part with a design as close as possible to its original pattern, manufactured by expert craftsmen in Italy. The first complete prototype was rigorously tested during W&W’s winter tour in Northern Canada and after that sent to the German TUV for a certificate of stability (included). Both tests were passed without any flaws. After that production started.
All test rides were performed with a rigid frame, 30° neck chassis, with which both handling and braking characteristics proved well balanced and stable.
The Cannonball leaf spring fork features a fork stem with two Ø1” bearing seats for the use of 1949-up Timken bearings and leg tops to accept the 36-up Springer handlebars (inline). A horizontal bracket to mount the headlamp is also there. The fork is wide enough to accept disc brake or drum brake systems. Rockers are drilled for 17 mm axles but can be enlarged to 19 mm. Neither axle, spacers nor brake are included and must be purchased or fabricated separately. Each fork is shipped preassembled to insure proper function and fitment, however, all components are bare and require painting or plating.
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