Chalo wrote:Dutch and English bikes have been fully enclosing the chain for more than a century without undermining the bike's structure in the process. These dorks not only removed structural pieces that are there for good reasons, but they used curved tubes (weaker, less stiff) in the front triangle. Gimmicky and questionable aesthetics are more important than function for them, I guess.
Single sided wheel mounting offers the advantage of servicing the tire and tube without removing the wheel, so at least there's an up side.
SS swingarms have some downsides too, chief among them chain adjustment. If you use an eccentric, you end up changing the rake since the rear of the bike moves up or down as the eccentric rotates. This was a constant headache in our race work with the Ducati 916/955/etc and with the RC45 in AMA Superbike. Every rear sprocket change required a complete chassis setup change to maintain the same geometry with the changing axle position, some tracks we had to choose between optimum gearing or optimum geometry. The Suzuki and Kawi Superbikes had normal horizontal sliding adjusters on twin beam swingarms as did the Supersport bikes and were a lot easier to manage.