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The h2 series adopted the SSS. Is there a specific reason? Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages between the 2? I've only ever owned a bike with a tradiotnal swingarm. It seems like manufacturers mix it up a lot, but traditional swingarms are preferred.
SSS sure look sexy tho.
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You can unbolt and remove the rear wheel just like on a car. No need to mess with the drive chain to remove the rear wheel.
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I thought they needed the room to tuck in the big exhaust...
And it looks nice
After 10,000km my rearwheel bearing had too much play, so it seems there's a lot of stress there...
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I'm not sure about inherent disadvantages, but I know of several distinct advantages they have over a traditional swingarm (having owned 3 bikes with one).
- You can remove the rear wheel without pulling an axle
- You can remove the rear lugs without a specialized (oversized) socket
- The torque required on the 5 lugs is significantly less than on a single large axle
- When adjusting the chain you don't have to align an axle to two sides of a swingarm, in fact, you don't even have to loosen an axle nut or any lugs or do any alignment at all. Just loosen a pinch bolt, move the wheel slightly on a cam, tighten the pinch bolt. Done. This is how my VFRs worked, I assume this has a similar design. Owning a bike with a chain can be a pain, but if you're going to having a SSS is the way to go.
I believe you can see the pinch bolts here, 2 in the case of the SX:
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