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post #8 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by gregoryda1 View Post
Just curious, why is the drive shaft and final drive on the Wings seem so problematic? .
If you look at the rear drive unit, the rear drive is a single-sided swing arm. The entire rear end weight is fed into a roller bearing. From the parts fiche it seems described as a 26mm wide bearing. The rear drive has to carry the support loads in addition to the propulsive loads.

On a bike like the GW1500 and the ST1100 the rear wheel loads are taken out by an axle shaft feeding the loads into a swingarm at two fairly wide points. The single sided swingarm allows for easier rear wheel removal.
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2007 Comfort/Nav/ABS

1993 ST1100
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